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Russel & Co Aberdeen 1932 Ellis & MacHardy SPRAY 1932-1962. 1963 SIMOUN 02/09/76 Fire at Latakia
12/76 Broken up at Perama
Watercolour 13”X 10”
Jim

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When I see a collection of marine art from a bygone age like this. my heart goes out to the modern artist who will be called upon one day to make the box ships and multilayer cruise ships of to-day as beautiful and evocative of their age. Likewise will we ever have another John Masefield who can romanticize such vessels in verse?
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Thank you all for commenting. I don’t know if I imagined it but somehow I seemed to enjoy painting this more, not having to do the sea. I love painting the sea, but I could concentrate on trying to get the feel of the ship, all those smells, sounds, vibrations. Lumpy paint work, even that satisfying feeling when you hit a nice big lump of rust with a chipping hammer. (People love bursting bubble wrap, but they haven’t lived till they have chipped paint/rust.) painting this was like being on the old London Merchant again. Sitting outside the Galley pealing a bucket full of Spuds, watching the 1957 Thames go by. What a privilege that was, although we didn’t realise it then.
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[COLOR="Navy"]I add my compliments to those you have received already Jim and thought you'd appreciate a 'comment' on your mention of the Thames and '57, a mere 62 years past.

Joined my first ship, ED's 'Cambray' at Bevan's Cement Wharf Northfleet. A dawn move into Tilbury docks to load Vauxhall 'rust bucket' Victors, Triumph Heralds etc. a straight run down to West Africa with a few days hove to for hurricane Carrie. All exciting stuff for a first tripper but the sad side was the 'Pamir' going down with us unable to go to her assistance.

Keep those pictures a coming.

Kindest GGG [/COLOR]
 

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Thanks Graham, we used to tie up near where the boats from Portugal unloaded the barrels of Port. Which sometimes meant I did the breakfasts in the morning!
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Great painting Jim, your productivity and versatility amazes me Jim
.Speaking of chipping rust, when I was on the Marinia I had an accident and broke a couple of knobs off my spine and ended up in hospital for 10 days. earlier that day I had started to scale the after deck and when I returned to the tug I found it was all done and painted, the chief bosuns mate from a warship had brought 6 ABs aboard and finished it off for me! I don't suppose that could happen today.


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