A Brixham Trawler Running into Torbay

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A dramatic painting off Torbay in Devon during a storm. A Brixham trawler, with its distinctive red sail, is shown in the centre of the painting making its way towards land in a heavy sea. The figures of the sailors are clearly visible on the steeply angled deck. Lightning over the headland in the distance stands out in front of the black storm clouds above. The sky lightens closest to the port. Riding out the storm and anchored in the clearer weather is a frigate shown broadside to port and flying the red ensign. Another ship is anchored close by partly obscured by the trawler. Brixham was the Devon fishing port which was home to one of the world’s largest fleets of wooden sailing trawlers. These elegant boats with their distinctive sails were first built in Brixham in the nineteenth century.

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A Brixham Trawler Running into Torbay


oil on canvas


H 86.4 x W 142.3 cm

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