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A Liner in the Mersey.

A Liner in the Mersey.

I seem to remember Stephen asking to see one of my Mersey paintings, this one I completed a few days ago with him in mind.
The steam Tug NELSON of the Alexandra Towing company meeting up with the Cunard Liner AQUITANIA of 45,650 tons in the River Mersey. There was controversy in the early days of this ship. The MAURITANIA had broken loose from her buoy in the river during a winter storm. Fortunately she was re-moored without any damage but Cunard announced they would not be prepared to turn the AQUITANIA round in mid river and if a new dock was not made available the service would be transferred to Southampton. Subsequently the Dock Board built a new graving/wet dock, the Gladstone, so all was well. The Tug NELSON had a sister Tug called BRUNSWICK, unfortunately the engineer put his engines to ahead instead of astern ramming rather hard the lock gates at the Alfred Dock. He left the company!
Oil painting on canvas board. 24 x 18 inches.

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Another stunner Edgar,

Ah, memory lane ...Alexander and Rea tugs.... what eventually led me to join Shell as a marine engineer... we laid off the Mersey in Asprella several times awaiting a storm to clear... (didn't ram lock gates, but we did run aground approaching Swansea harbour in a storm ...and spead bunker oil ...not popular with a local drunk who went for a midnight swim!).....superb quality painting again,
best regards
John
 

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Thanks Edgar, consistent top quality as ever, breathtaking depiction of what was virtually an everyday occurrence once upon a time.
Jim
 

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Yes Edgar - as Jim says 'Once upon a time' - a classic painting indeed!
Kind regards,
Stan
 

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Splendid, as always, Edgar - magnificent in every way. The power of the 'Nelson' is portrayed beautifully, offering a fine contrast to the 'Aquitania' awaiting the tow. I do like the tender alongside! A very evocative scene, offering a range of delights - the river, the tugs, the setting, and the great 'Aquitania', always a favourite with Scots like me! I've been called to the engine room by the Chief; so I'd better set off down the companionway! All the very best, Donald.
 

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Edgar,

Fine painting of NELSON and .... ah... 'some liner' in the distance. ;-) Beautiful... and a great harbour rough water!

The tender would be the SKERMISHER... owned own Cunard's vessel.

As for AQUITANIA... can't say more!

Stephen
 

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The two tugs alone are also a painting in a painting, like that part with the tug in the distance.

Rgds,

Willem Johan.
 

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Very many thanks to all of you who've been kind enough to make comment.
John, it's good to know you've had many memories revived of your career, how about some paintings of your Tankers?
Thank you Jim, you don't need a spur to do paintings, you've got plenty of materials in your locker!
Stan, it's great to have your comment, I do hope you are feeling better and recovery is well on it's way.
Donald, thank you for your Highlands comments, gratefully received as usual, we are needing paintings from you, bonnie lad!
Stephen, I hope I haven't infringed on your territory doing a Liner. In my eyes you're the past master and you're quite right about the Tug/Tender it is the Skirmisher similar to the White Star Tender, Magnetic. Hope recovery is going well for you too Stephen.
Willem, my delight is painting Tugs as I can see you realise, are we having more dock scenes from you soon? I hope so.
regards
Edgar.
 

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Lots of well framed white that gives a lot of light and space. I'm reminded of Spurling at his best.
 

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What utterly baffles me Edgar is how you can produce these masterpieces in such a short space of time. Some artists would labour over a single painting for months and not achieve this quality. For myself, I'd be ecstatic to produce as many decent PHOTOGRAPHS in a similar period. To say I'm awestruck isn't halfway enough!
 

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Ian Hourston wrote:
"What utterly baffles me Edgar is how you can produce these masterpieces in such a short space of time. Some artists would labour over a single painting for months and not achieve this quality. For myself, I'd be ecstatic to produce as many decent PHOTOGRAPHS in a similar period. To say I'm awestruck isn't halfway enough!"

My feelings exactly Ian, I run out of superlatives when viewing our marine artists work.
 

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