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Whitby c 1900 by Albert Skerry
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Watercolour by my wife's Great Uncle.
· Date: Sat, 11 March 06 · Views: 307
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Harry Nicholson

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Sat, 11 March 06 15:50

The large vessel is the "Curlew". I don't know her purpose.

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Sat, 11 March 06 16:13

He got the colour of the rooftops and the outline of the abbey well as well as the ships Harry. I prefer this one to the one of the bridge - I think this is better executed.

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Harry Nicholson

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Sat, 11 March 06 18:18

Albert Skerry's paintings are naiive but they are of historical interest. He visited Whitby often. He was born there but moved as a child to West Hartlepool, his father was on the collier brig Opal, one of the last of the old sailing colliers. His forebears had been sailors and fishermen out of Robin Hood's Bay since about 1680. I am pleased that as a young chap I was able to take that sparkling old man out for a pint with his mates.

The Abbey is a bit different now, it was rearranged somewhat in WW1 by the shells of a group of German battle cruisers.

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Sat, 11 March 06 18:48

Looking again I am not sure that I recognise that long building on the far left of the Abbey at the top of the picture. I would have thought the church should be there somewhere but that building is the wrong shape. Can't be Henrietta Street as that is down towards sea level. Or is that something that was destroyed in WW1?

Whitby, Staithes and Robin Hood's Bay are some of my favourite places in the UK. As I may have mentioned to you before we used to take the kids there for holidays and still go there for a few days most years.

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Harry Nicholson

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Thu, 16 March 06 05:44

Hello Brian, I've been down to Whitby to find the spot Albert painted from. It is on the waterside opposite the Coop where the 'steel shed' now stands. The old church is out of frame to the left. The long building is still there, it is now a series of dwellings (might include the YHA). The houses behind the 'Curlew' are gone now, replaced by the carpark on the 'East Side'. Behind the stern of Curlew is the end of Grape Lane and what is now the Captain Cook museum where he lived as an apprentice.

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Thu, 16 March 06 10:57

Thanks Harry,

I know the spot. Will take a look from there next time I visit. I have a pile of photos of Whitby waiting to be scanned one day. I have only got up to about 1978 so far!

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