Many years ago, one of my first, showed a clipper 'Hoved to'. I went through 'Seamanship in the Age of Sail'. I thought I had cracked. Do you remember the publisher of Teredo Books, Alex Hurst? He had a ticket in 'Sail'. Anyhow, he looked in my studio in Plymouth, took one look at the painting and said, "Stupid Boy!". Ouch! That is when I started to 'Pay Attention' and never 'Assume'!
Alex was a real character. His pipe, old black thing, was made from lignum vitae. He said he was in sail and in the 30s he had a problem getting a job. He had a ticket only in Sail. Anyhow he was offered a position as AB in the brand new QUEEN MARY. He went on the ship, took one look at it and walked off! He hated 'passenger ships'. Stupid ship to go to sea in!
Thank you all for commenting. The pilot boat is based on Charles Livingston of Liverpool, but the background was made up. Cant remember the name of the ship, but Ive used her before.
This time I put her hove To.
Jim, Glad to see you are painting your superb pictures. Not doing much painting at the moment but must get back to the brushes! I have some very old Sea Breezes from the days when it was also the PSNC magazine. 1928-34. Astounding how many seafarers were still sailing rather than in steam. There were lots of photos and voyage accounts. I was amazed at how few men crewed these ships. Typically 4 apprentices, a bosun, carpenter, and sailmaker, cook and steward and up 12 to 14 hands. Captain and 2 mates sometimes a 3rd mate. Sadly the number that foundered was often the case. Best regards, Roger