Drei "Ahlbecker" laufen in den Hafen von Ost-Deep ein*
1934, July, in Deep
Colored pencil and pencil
5 3⁄4 × 9 1⁄8 inches(14 1⁄2 × 23 cm)
Inscr. upper right: red letter day, 8th July; lower right: Sailing in by ... 
TLF: "... The migratory fishermen of Ahlbeck in western Pomerania. In 1933 some eight or nine had come to Deep where they stayed on the beach at the harbormouth, apparently sleeping in their boats and fishing beyond the three-mile limit every day. I heard these tales and regretted not having been able to see this. In the following year I was in Deep once again, and haunting the beach every day with my telescope, on July 8 in the afternoon, I spotted a group of four just emerging from the horizon. It was a glorious sight to see them sailing right into the tiny harbor. - Next year (1935) they came again, with the addition of one sprit-rigged boat from Bansin. - I have painted these boats four times in various places, the first in Paris after my return in 1934, the last one in New York in 1953." [218, Vol. IV]
TLF: "By way of a radio speaker hanging in the dining hall at the new Café Herrmanshöhe [I heard about] the slaughter of Ernst Röhm, General and Frau Schleicher and untold other ex-builders of the Dritte Reich. This news ... did not interfere with my enjoyment of the spectacle of the arrival of a fleet of colorful boats, in which some adventurous fisher folk were migrating eastward from Ahlbeck; I made several paintings with this motif."