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Arduity

F.T. Everard

Painting by Frank Mason

See comments - wrongly attributed as Sagacity but this indicated as incorrect and subsequently identified as Arduity

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Sorry but this is not of "Sagacity", none of the 3 Sagacity were wartime built tankers. Frank has also taken a bit of license in that none of the wartime built tankers had a lifeboat amidships as far as I can tell as in this. Can't identify her as yet.



Quite agree with Spanish Binnacle, Frank Mason's paintings have always been a favourite and of course being an Old Worcester they have been ingrained from early days.


HMS Worcester with Cutty Sark moored alongside is up river at Greenhithe.



This painting can be dated to around 1947 - 1950 as Worcester is yet to be rigged. She only has the stump mast with derrick depicted.
 

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Possibly Arduity
 

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Many thanks Barnsey for your comments. It looks like the wrong info was added to the back of the postcard from what you say. I have looked through all the Everard vessels on SN and the only one I could find which had a more or less similar appearance was the Authenticity built as Empire Harp in 1942. For the moment I will change the details with my picture to ask for any definite recognition in the hope someone will come up with the answer. Derek
 

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Painting certainly intended to be of "Arduity" - used in Everard publicity:
http://www.hms-worcester.me.uk/big/30/6.jpg
 

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Thanks eddyw - that is the answer. Possibly the painting shows her before she was lengthened. Derek
 

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Brilliant Eddy .... which Dog Watch magazine was that on? I still have all mine and one or two more. Are you an OW?


Arduity was lengthened in 1956 so that fits with Masons depiction of Worcester without rigging. She had her masts stepped in the summer of 1948. I identified her from the Monkey Island compass platform which seemed to be peculiar to Arduity.



Garrett, in his book points out that after the 1948 Collision regs came into force in 1954 a second pole mast was added to these "Empire" class ships to carry the second white steaming light. So that also adds to the fact the painting is around 1947 just after she was acquired by Everards in July 1946.
 

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Hi Barnsey, It came up on a 'google' search. Everards issued a postcard of the painting also. Frank Mason did a lot of publicity work so I guess it was a commission. There are old photographs of the 'Ted ' tankers with lifeboats fitted on the bridge structure so I don't think its 'artistic license', probably a wartime feature, dispensed with later.
 

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