Sunday, 7 August 2011

Nautical but nice.

Avast me Hearties! Batten down the hatches, splice the mainbrace and raise the topgallant, we're off sailing.

'Homeward Bound' - inks & acrylics on board (14cm x 14cm)

'Low Tide on the Saltings' - inks & acrylics on board (39cm x 27cm)
Whoops, the tide has gone out already! That's the trouble with where I live on the Thames Estuary, the tide always seems to go out just when you are ready for a bit of serious sea-faring. This is a more usual view... looking across mud and marshes at Leigh-on-Sea towards Kent on the other side of the river.

'The Nancy Grey' - inks & acrylics on board (28cm x 19cm)
This is a beautiful little Dutch sailing yacht that can be seen sailing in our local waters (when the tide's in).

'The Quiet Mooring' - inks & acrylics on board (28cm x 19cm)

'On the Mud' - inks & acrylics on board (28cm x 19cm)

'The Old Tugboat' - inks & acrylics on board (29cm x 16cm)
The splendid old steam tug 'Brent', is berthed at Maldon, Essex.  She was one of the 182 TID (Tug, Inshore & Dock) class boats built during the second world war. There are only three left today so she's a bit of a local celebrity. Why not take a look at her website for lots more information: but do come back, I've still got a few more boats to show you yet...

'Hastings Beach' - inks & acrylics on paper (20cm x 16cm)
What was originally an old Sailing Lugger, has been modernised and still works as a fishing boat. There's been a fishing fleet working from this beach in East Sussex for centuries. Those tall dark buildings in the middle distance are black wooden sheds known as Net Shops, used for storing the fishing nets. The tractor is used to smooth out the shingle beach after storms so that the boats can be launched without problems. A job that once had to be done by hand...they were a tough lot in those days.

'The Bembridge' - inks & acrylics on paper (29cm x 20cm)
The THPV (Trinity House Pilot Vessel) Bembridge was a Pilot Cutter built in 1938. At the end of her working career she was used for almost 30 years as the headquarters of the Essex Yacht Club (as shown in this painting). She was sold in 2004 and then spent several years slowly rotting away in Kent while the new owners tried to sort out plans to convert her into a floating restaurant. That didn't work out and she was then purchased just last year by a Polish Shipping Company, Magemar. They carried out a massive restoration job to get her back to her former glory. It is great to know that she's in such good hands and that she's got her funnel back too! Take look at this site to see the THPV Bembridge as she is now, in full panoramic splendour:

It's no good, we can't sit about waiting for the tide any longer, let's get back onto the high seas shipmates. 
'I saw Three Ships' - acrylics on paper (16cm x 16cm)

I did promise in last week's blog that I'd not post any more pictures of ruins. I meant ruined buildings of course, not boats
'The Final Journey' - acrylics on board (60cm x 40cm)

No more ruined buildings or ruined boats in next week's blog OK? See you again then.

All images copyright Manfred Hennessy. 
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