The barque 'Birkdale', view aft from the bowsprit
On 22 April 1920, Everett sailed from Bristol for Sabine, Texas, as third mate of the barque 'Birkdale'. This voyage resulted in many drawings and paintings. The 'Birkdale', built in 1892, was the last barque to fly the red ensign. She spent nearly all her working life in the Chilean nitrate trade and was wrecked on the Chilean coast after catching fire in 1927. The viewpoint in this image is taken from the bowsprit, looking aft. The unusual perspective creates the effect of the barque moving rapidly through the waves. Sails dominate the top third of the composition and the deck below emphasizes the angle of the ship as it moves through the water. The artist has included some details, particularly the cleats and ropes in the foreground. The special interest of this work is as a scene from a deep-water sailing ship, in a world dominated increasingly by steamers.
Object number: BHC4126
Original size: 965 mm x 787 mm
Artist: John Everett
- Image reference: mb-codeT1170
- National Maritime Museum Greenwich London
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