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Pelorus Jack the Dolphin Pilot

Pelorus Jack, seemingly known to some as Peter the Porpoise, was a Risso's dolphin that guided ships through part of the Cook Strait, that windy sea seperating the north and south islands of New Zealand. The story began in 1888 when he (she?) joined a schooner called the Brindle.....

 

 

House Flag of the Sea Witch

All ships carry House, or company flags, with Tea Clippers they became large affairs on what were certainly prestigious ships.
The company that owned Sea Witch was Howland & Aspinwall, an adventurous concern that built the first clippers and later the Panama railroad that crossed the isthmus where the Panama Canal now runs. ....

All ships carry House, or company flags, with Tea Clippers they became large affairs on what were certainly prestigious ships.

The Tea Clipper Sea Witch

The Sea Witch was built by the firm Smith & Dimon of New York for owners Howland & Aspinwall, in 1846, and placed under the command of the infamous Captain Robert Bully Waterman.
The year before, the same builders and owners had created the clipper ship Rainbow, the first of the Yankee Tea Clippers, with the so called Baltimore bow that gave it concave bows that some thought couldn‘t sail. ...

 

These ships where built to carry the high value cargo of China Tea very quickly so speed, not capacity was the main influence in their design. In 1849 Sea Witch sailed from Canton to New York in just 79 days.

 

The Blue Ensign 

The Blue Ensign in it's plain undefaced form is a prestigious alternative to the British merchant fleets Red Ensign granted by authority of a warrant issued  by the secretary of state for defence to Royal Navy Reserve officers in command of British merchant ships and fishing vessels . Some Yacht clubs that almost always have a royal prefix to their names are also allowed to fly it.  .....

 

 

The Blue Ensign in it's plain undefaced form is a prestigious alternative to the British merchant fleets Red Ensign granted by authority of a warrant issued  by the secretary of state for defence to Royal Navy Reserve officers in command of British merchant ships and fishing vessels .

   

Shark Fin Soup

What is China's national dish, Shark Fin soup? The way China's new rich are persistently demanding it and others are under acute pressure to supply it at events like weddings and banquets one could easily think so. Once the food of Chinese Emperors, it's new popularity is putting the worlds shark population under so much pressure they could soon go the same way as Chinese Emperors....extinct. The last shark will be gone......

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Shark Fin Soup: What is China's national dish, Shark Fin soup? The way china's new rich are persistently demanding it and others are under acute pressure to supply it at events like weddings and banquets one could easily think so. Once the food of Chinese Emperors, it's new popularity is putting the worlds shark population under so much pressure they could soon go the same way as Chinese Emperors....extinct.

The Last Shark

A lone shark struggles on the snood of a pelagic long-line, alone and not one of scores because this painting depicts the last shark, anywhere. The remorseless demand for shark fin soup just will not slow down as a huge rising Chinese middle class craves the ‘class’ attached to it, and also the pathetic claims of it being an aphrodisiac and more. Please pass a link to this picture to friends and Chinese concerns. ......

Download a high resolution image: Print it on your tea-shirt. images/shark-finning.jpg

 

A lone shark struggles on the snood of a pelagic long-line, alone and not one of scores because this painting depicts the last shark, anywhere. The remorseless demand for shark fin soup just will not slow down as a huge rising Chinese middle class craves the ‘class’ attached to it, and also the pathetic claims of it being an aphrodisiac and more. Protective legislation is slow to emerge and hard to enforce, the staggering price of shark’s fin involves it with corruption and organized crime.

 

Alina, the Rainbow sail boat

This is one of many children’s books illustrations I painted and drew for a series by German author Christa Muths, to be published in 2008, an update on that will follow here.

The painting is of the living and rainbow coloured sail boat Alina,  her builder waving her on from the hot air balloon above.

Alina, the Rainbow sail boat

 

 

Rockall of Helen’s Reef

Rockall is the most westerly point of the British Isles, 187 miles of the St. Kilda archipelago, officially annexed in September 1955. Denmark, on behalf of the Faroes and Iceland also have claims to it, but let them grumble, Rockall is British!

Here a Lesser Black Backed Gull considers stopping to rest alongside more common visitors like Gannets, Kittiwakes and Guillemots.....

24 x 12 inch acrylic on canvas

 

 

 

The Beachcomber

A photo from a beachcomber friend on America’s Gulf coast inspired this painting of a beachcombing Herring gull under a threatening sky. Herring gulls are the most abundant gull in the north Atlantic, even though in Britain they have been declining these past few decades, the pink feet and yellow bill tell it apart from the similar yellow legged Lesser back backed gull.

8 x 8 inch acrylic on canvas

 

A photo from a beachcomber friend on America’s Gulf coast inspired this painting of a beachcombing Herring gull under a threatening sky. Herring gulls are the most abundant gull in the north Atlantic, even though in Britain they have been declining these past few decades, the pink feet and yellow bill tell it apart from the similar yellow legged Lesser back backed gull.

 

 

 

Hurricane at Sea 

Hurricane at Sea, the forces of nature at one of her extremes is      portrayed here for a Ships Officer who had sent in photographs of this storm, however I’m no stranger to this kind of weather either , so I found the painting of it  bringing back memories!

40 x 20 inch Acrylic on canvas

 

Hurricane at Sea, the forces of nature at one of her extremes is portrayed here for a Ships Officer who had sent in photographs of this storm, however I’m no stranger to this kind of weather either , so I found the painting of it  bringing back memories!

 

Home of Aphrodite

A Herring gull at the southern limits of it's range passes over the Petra Tou Romiou...rock of the Greek  in Cyprus, where the Goddess of Love Aphrodite was born in the sea foam.

All sea birds are sacred to Aphrodite.

20 x 16 inch Acrylic on canvas

 

 

A Herring Gull at the Southern limits of it's range passes over the Petra Tou Romiou...rock of the greek  in Cyprus, where the Goddess of Love Aphrodite was born in the Sea foam.

 

The Captain Reincarnated

If there's one bird above all that would have me and others leaning on the stern rail of whatever ship I was on to watch it's the Albatross, a great ship follower, if a bit comical touching down, nothing is more graceful.
Sea lore has it that each sailor who dies at sea will return reincarnate as one whatever else happens after.
The painting here is called 'The captain reincarnated' it depicts the return of a dead captain who has returned to his ship at sea, obsessed with it's progress, which is perilous given the trade it is plying....... 
 

Acrylic on canvas 16 x 12 in

 

If there's one bird above all that would have me and others leaning on the stern rail of whatever ship I was on to watch it's the Albatross, a great ship follower, if a bit comical touching down, nothing is more graceful.

 

 

Irish Rover

 A painting requested by a friendly neighbour from Ireland, a colourful chap     now sadly passed on known locally as Donegal Charlie. He had seen my painting Two endangered species  and asked me to paint an Irish variant for him, so the Roseate Tern towing the  Tricolour  'home' to Ireland here became cheerfully named the Irish Rover  .  

 Acrylic on canvas board 24 x 16 inch

 

 

Roseate Tern with Irish Triclour

 

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

Acrylic on board 16 x 12 in

 

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

 

Dolphin Rock

This I found in a sea chest I was clearing out, it felt like meeting a long lost friend! I had done this small painting of a Dolphin on a stone in the late 20th century while recovering in alcohol detox, given that I feel it was done rather well.

Acrylic on stone

 

Dolphin rock

 

Lifeboat Tea

This I found in a kitchen cupboard were it had been kept under wraps as a keepsake for many years.......

 

 

Lifeboat Tea

 

 

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