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Watercolour Manchester Docks 1946

Watercolour Manchester Docks 1946

Whilst unearthing things in the loft, I found this little watercolour of Manchester Docks and it had a date of 1946 on it. One can see that it is just post war, the ships have colour, though they still have rafts in the shrouds. Note the concrete barges in the foreground, made because of lack of tim

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Its obvious the talent was there from the beginning and has only improved with age. If you are not a member of the RSMA you should be.

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Very good indeed. Do you sell any of your work? Don't mean to be ignorant but when you say 'rafts in the shrouds' what are you referring to? Im assuming it's got something to do with what is going on in the fwd rigging on the ship far-right?
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Rubber rafts ready to launch from the wires steadying the masts, which are called shrouds. I have reflected that there were still a lot of mines about, which might be an explanation for them still being there in 46? Regards, Stein.
 

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Many of the shipping lines which had suffered heavy war losses were in need of replacement vessels which meant that the 'Parks' and 'Liberties' were in great demand. The ship in this composition does have the lines of a Park ship, many of which were built in Canadian yards. As soon as they were released by the Ministry they would be put into immediate service which meant it might be many months before wartime equipment such as rafts, carley floats and even gun tubs were removed.

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Okay, many thanks for the info. So they have nothing to do with the cargo work etc and do not get in the way of the working/slewing? They were just a permenant fixture on seperate rigging from the derricks?
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Never actually seen it in real life myself, but I cannot see that the rafts should be much in the way when loading or unloading - the shrouds were already there. And if need be they could surely be unhitched for the stay in port?
Regards, Stein.
 

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Thank you gentlemen for affording me your kind comments and information. I'm pleased that you have had an across correspondence which as far as my knowledge goes, is quite correct. I do have some photographs taken at that time showing the aforementioned rafts which I will post for you later.
kindest regards
beaches
 

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Incredible talent, especially at a young age. Did you make a livelyhood of this in later years?. Is that a Coast Line vessel above- black funnel with white V?
thanks
John
 

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Very nice, and bet you could paint it even better now, eh beaches...yes a memory captured and frozen in time....something we all aspire to do in life...leave something for everyone. (Thumb)
Debra :)
 

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