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The plight of the Roseate tern and the British merchant navy are brought together here! Both are threatened with extinction, the red ensign is becoming an increasingly rare sight in the global shipping industry

Two Endangered Species

The plight of the Roseate tern and the British merchant navy red ensign are brought together here! Both are threatened with extinction, the red ensign is becoming an increasingly rare sight in the global shipping industry. This is mostly because of political encouragement of ship owners to become true internationalists and use cheap foreign labour and fly flags of convenience .  Over all decline in ship numbers caused by the likes of containerization and the era of super tankers and giant bulk carriers have also played a part in the decline of the Red Duster  whose future is now very uncertain. It is unlikely that a single flag sealift like the one performed by the British merchant marine in the 1982 Falklands war....the longest chain of supply in the history of war, could be carried out today. The opportunities and challenges faced by a post Brexit Britain may offer renewed need to revive the British shipping register and merchant navy. In respect of animals, since it's creation by the US senate in 2006, Endangered Species Day has been celebrated on the third Friday in May.

Acrylic on board 10 x 8 inch 

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