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For the Marine Gallery section. The painting showing a vessel in convoy is showing a bit of smoke. This photo shows the close quarters that might have been when in convoy and also show some smoke.
· Date: Fri, 12 April 19 · Views: 266
· Filesize: 69.8kb · Dimensions: 634 x 460 ·
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Keywords: Convoy
Source of Image, If not your own: Royal Mail postage stamp
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Dartskipper

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Sat, 13 April 19 02:00

Most likely an East Coast convoy, or a Channel convoy in the early part of the War. The second ship in the column to the right looks like a steam "flattie" with the funnel raised.

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granty
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Sat, 13 April 19 02:27

The little Coaster seems to be struggling
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Sat, 13 April 19 05:53

The thing is, and itís a personal view. Smoke is so useful in a painting, it helps to show movement, it shows evidence of 'life'.
I post on a site called Wet Canvas, and so often a really nice painting can be spoiled because it looks like ten days after 'Armageddon'. A nice Village or Farm House completely deserted. You donít necessarily need humans, but a whiff of smoke from the chimney or some washing on a line would make all the difference. If itís a painting pre 1950 smoke is about as essential as trees in a Forrest.
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Sat, 13 April 19 06:51

So true, Jim. That small lazy smoke above the chimney tells me it is a 'flat calm' and all is well in the little cottage. The smoke bends over and tells it is 20 knots! I am working on a painting and yes, smoke from the funnel. Steam from the funnel of the tug and some billows of steam from several buildings in Brooklyn. Two more days to completion!
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DHendrickson
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Sat, 13 April 19 07:14

Point well taken and well made, Jim. Steamships and motorships emit smoke and like flags and bunting it can be a useful tool. I generally use it as a compositional device - sometimes heavy or exaggerated; other times not. It is also useful to indicate depth of field and dimension, but in the end, how it is used depends on the scene depicted and personal preference. Of course, one has to pay close enough attention to ensure that smoke emitted from a ship's stack is not going in one direction while flags on the foremast, for example, are blowing in the opposite direction as I have done more often than I care to admit. Artistic license is one thing but not paying attention to details will ruin an otherwise outstanding piece of work.
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Graham the pipe

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Sat, 13 April 19 10:11

So true, Jim. That small lazy smoke above the chimney tells me it is a 'flat calm' and all is well in the little cottage. The smoke bends over and tells it is 20 knots! I am working on a painting and yes, smoke from the funnel. Steam from the funnel of the tug and some billows of steam from several buildings in Brooklyn. Two more days to completion!


Pier 1 Brooklyn perchance Stephen? Shadow of Brooklyn Bridge and Moran tugs with that 'M' on the stack? Very familiar territory if it is. Irrespective, can't wait to see your next 'Ace Card'.
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Sat, 13 April 19 11:53

Not only coal burners are guilty of the offense. A batch of contaminated Polish fuel oil turned us into a true 'smokey Joe'. It took two engineers working continuously to keep the three burners lit.
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Sat, 13 April 19 13:54

Close. No bridge in sight! No Moran tug. What is does show is a huge 'bell', right in the foreground. 1932. Any ideas? ;-)

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Graham the pipe

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Sat, 13 April 19 14:57

Close. No bridge in sight! No Moran tug. What is does show is a huge 'bell', right in the foreground. 1932. Any ideas? ;-)

Stephen

Have booked our table for 1932 hours tomorrow, 14th, OK?

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Sat, 13 April 19 15:54

It might be 'hot'.
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Sat, 13 April 19 19:32

Agree with Dartskipper. Certainly a coastal convoy: coasters, but also deep sea vessels heading to/from assembly/dispersal points and in closely bunched long columns. Ocean convoy formation generally short columns with long rows. Ships riding high so perhaps outward bound.
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Graham the pipe

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Sun, 14 April 19 05:08

As in MM and 'Some like it so', Stephen?

Have a great weekend regardless.

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