Edward D Walker Marine Art - Original Oils

 

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Aberdeen Harbour circa 1890

Aberdeen Harbour circa 1890

 

 

 

 

Acamus

Acamas

In 1897 the large full-rigged ship `Acamas` was built and owned by T Ritson of Maryport. Sailing worldwide, Ritson`s last steel sailing vessel was eventually sold to a Norwegian company. She was posted missing in 1918 under the name `Gezina` on a passage from Rio to New York.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attack at Eilean Donnan

Attack at Eilean Donnan

During the 16th century Jacobite uprising defenders of Eilean Donan castle fought against three English warships which had sailed into Loch Alsh. The ships `Worcester`, `Enterprise` and `Flamborough` bombarded the castle for three days before it was destroyed in 1719. Over two hundred years later in 1932, the castle, after a lengthy rebuilding programme, was finally completed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Britannia in 1840

Britannia in 1840

Charles Dickens made his first journey to America on `Britannia`, Samuel Cunard`s first liner. A paddle steamer, she was built in 1840 by R. Duncan & Company of Greenock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Britannia at Sea

Britannia at Sea

Charles Dickens made his first journey to America on `Britannia`, Samuel Cunard`s first liner. A paddle steamer, she was built in 1840 by R. Duncan & Company of Greenock.

 

 

 

 

 

P & O Liner Canberra Leaving Southampton

P & O Liner Canberra Leaving Southampton

 

 

QE2 leaving Southampton

Caronia in the Mersey

The painting depicts the renaming of the Cunarder `Vistafjord` to `Caronia` which took place at the Pier Head in Liverpool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celtic Aground

Celtic Aground

This painting depicts the White Star liner `Celtic` which ran aground in fog off Rochas Point, Ireland in 1928. Never re-floated, she was scrapped where she lay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

City of Adelaide at Sea

City of Adelaide at Sea

The 791 ton ship, built by William Pile of Sunderland in 1864 was the first ship built for London ship brokers Devitt and Moore who entered the passenger and cargo trade to South Australia.  It was a fast ship sometimes taking only 65 days to reach Australia.


Sold to a Dover coal merchant in 1887 it was soon working the Canadian timber trade.  In 1893 it became a hospital ship at Southampton, serving during WW2 as an acommodation ship, later becoming a Naval Volunteer Reserve Ship at Greenock and renamed HMS Carrick. The ship was moved in 1992 to Irvine and a salvage appeal launched for its restoration by the Scottish Maritime Museum.

 

 

 

Coaling Schooners

Coaling Schooners

West county "muffie" unloading her cargo before catching the incoming tide.

 

 

EMILY F. WHITNEY LEAVING THE EAST RIVER, NEW YORK. circa 1890

Coaling

This scene shows the unloading of a topsail schooner in the West country where goods bound there were most frequently transported by sea due to the unreliable road system of that era.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collier Brigs

Collier Brigs

During the early 19th century hundreds of these little vessels worked out of the north eastern ports of England delivering coal to the capital and southern parts of the country. The painting depicts such a vessel in the North Sea heading for the River Thames.

 

 

 

 

 

Arrival of the Tall Ships in the Mersey

Arrival of the Tall Ships in the Mersey

Columbus` discovery of America, the New World, was commemorated in 1992 when the Tall Ships events climaxed in the River Mersey.

 

 

 

 

 

Convoy in Western Approaches

Convoy in Western Approaches

At the start of the Napoleonic Wars Britain’s merchant ships were targets for the privateers who worked from tiny havens on the Brittany and Normandy coasts. To protect these vessels the convoy system was introduced. The painting shows a typical convoy scene in 1796 just off the Cornish coast where merchantmen have joined the convoy from Falmouth and Plymouth alongside others from Ireland and the West Indies. The convoy will be escorted up the Channel to London which was our foremost port.

 

 

 

 

Duel between CSS Alabama and USS Kearsarge

Duel between CSS Alabama and USS Kearsarge

After putting Jamestown into Cherbourg for supplies, Captain Semmes was faced on Sunday 19th June 1864 by the arrival of USS Kearsarge.   Semmes left port to face the much more powerful foe and inevitably sustained fatal damage, sinking around noon. 

 

 

 

Shackleton's Endurance at South Georgia

Shackleton's Endurance at South Georgia

Here we see the 'Endurance' at South Georgia under the command of Sir Ernest Shackleton during his 1914-1917 Antarctic expedition.

 

 

 

Endurance in the Ice

Endurance in the Ice

Shackleton`s 'Endurance' stuck in the Antarctic ice, 1915.

 

 

 

Franconia 1923

Franconia 1923

Here we see `Franconia` in the River Mersey assisted by tugs of the Alexander Towing Company.

 

 

 

Herring Drifters arriving at Aberdeen circa 1880

Herring Drifters arriving at Aberdeen circa 1880

 

 

Herring Drifters Leaving Anstruther

Herring Drifters Leaving Anstruther

A scene showing herring drifters leaving Anstruther for the northern fishing grounds

 

 

 

USS Constitution and HMS Java

USS Constitution and HMS Java

On November 29th 1812, USS Constitution, known as "Old Ironsides", met up with HMS Java off the Brazilian Coast.  After putting up stiff resistance and losing 122 men, the Java's captain surrendered to captain William Bainbridge of the Constitution.

 

 

 

USS Jamestown Leaving Boston with Famine Relief

USS Jamestown Leaving Boston with Famine Relief

One of the fastest voyages ever made between Boston and Great Britain was that of the US sloop-of-war `Jamestown`. The ship began to load on St Patrick ’s Day and sailed for Cork on March 28th 1847. The celebrated Captain R. B. Forbes raced across to Ireland laden with a cargo of famine relief contributed by the ever-charitable American people towards the relief of the Irish famine sufferers of 1847.Captain Forbes, who was the` Jamestown’s` volunteer commander, was the first civilian captain to command an American Naval vessel; this action needed the authorisation of a special Act of Congress.

 

 

 

 

USS Jamestown off Rochas Point

USS Jamestown off Rochas Point

On April 12th 1847 sloop-of-war USS `Jamestown` arrived at Rochas Point, County Cork with Irish famine relief. She was assisted into port by the P.S. Sabrina

 

 

 

USS Jamestown Leaving Queenstown

USS Jamestown Leaving Queenstown

Jamestown leaves Ireland for home after delivering famine relief.

 

 

 

Juan Sebastian del Elcarno

Juan Sebastian del Elcarno

A Spanish naval training ship which once had H.M. King Juan Carlos of Spain as one of her cadets. This vessel took a major part in the Gran Regatta Columbus in 1992.

 

 

 

Kildonan Castle

Kildonan Castle

Kildonan Castle was built by Fairfield of Glasgow for the Union Castle Line to sail in the Cape trade. She was the last mail steamer of the Castle Line.

 

 

 

Kings Ships in Torbay

Kings Ships in Torbay

This painting illustrates ships of King Charles 2 fleet moored in Torbay. In the foreground is the only 1st Rate of 1677. Her programme was laid down at Chatham in June 1679, she was launched, amongst much fanfare, in 1682.

 

 

 

End of an Era

End of an Era

The late 40`s and early 50`s more or less saw the end of commercial sailing vessels with two of the largest sailing ships the `Pamir` and the `Passat` leaving Australia for the UK in 1949. They rounded Cape Horn with `Passat` ahead of `Pamir`, making the `Pamir` the last merchant sailing vessel carrying a cargo to round the Horn. One of the last sailing vessels also carrying cargo was the `Kathleen and May`.


This painting shows the `Pamir` leading the `Passat`, both vessels about to pass the schooner `Kathleen and May` who is heading for the south Wales coast on one of her last voyages. Within a decade cargos carried by sailing ships were gone forever.

 

 

 

Mauretania at Sea

Mauretania at Sea

 

 

RMS Mauretania leaving Liverpool for New York

RMS Mauretania leaving Liverpool for New York

 

 

Mersey Ferry Upton

Mersey Ferry "Upton"

 

 

Mersey Ferry Woodchurch

Mersey Ferry Woodchurch

 

 

Walter J Chambers 1917

Walter J Chambers 1917

Coal-fired Mersey Pilot ship No. 2, the `Walter J. Chambers` was in service until 1953

 

 

 

Mexico leaving the Mersey

Mexico leaving the Mersey

On Sunday 5th of December 1886 under the command of Captain Burmester the German barque `Mexico` sailed from Liverpool bound for South America. At 3am on Thursday December 9th 1886 `Mexico` sailed into tremendous gales running her into difficulties on the Lancashire coast.

 

 

 

 

Moshulu - The Last Grain Race

Moshulu - The Last Grain Race

The "racing" of long haul sailing cargo vessels grew up as a consequence of  being first to market with the new growth of seasonal cargo, among which the Tea Clippers are much the best known.  By 1900 the grain trade had become largely de-seasonalised with a futures market in existence and cargoes often being sold at sea.

 

 

 

PSNC Reina del Pacifico

PSNC Reina del Pacifico

Pacific Steam Navigation Company liner "Reina  del Pacifico" leaving Liverpools' River Mersey for another voyage to South Americs.  She is being turned seaward by the tug/tender "Flying Breeze"

 

 

 

Liverpool Pilot Boat "Leader"

Liverpool Pilot Boat "Leader"

Built in 1856, Leader No.2 was sold to Preston Pilots in 1897.

 

 

 

Planet Lightship

Planet Lightship

Built by Philip & Son of Dartmouth in 1961,  she had no propulsion, the diesel engines being used to power the light.  In 1972 after the collapse of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board it was replaced by a 55ft diameter Large Navogation Buoy and moved to another location.

She ended active service in 1989 after ten years in the Channel Isles and is now moored in The Canning Dock, Liverpool.

The two vessels shown in the background are the Cunard liner "Sylvania" and an Isle of Man Ferry.

 

 

 

Preston Docks

Preston Docks

This scene shows the `Woodburn` in old Preston docks circa 1900, built in 1896 by R Shankland & Co, Port Glasgow.

 

 

 

PS Persia

PS Persia

This work depicts Cunard`s first iron-hulled ship PS `Persia`.  Built in 1856 and launched in January 26th 1857 `Persia` was then the largest steamship in the world.

 

 

 

Puffer on Loch Linnie

Puffer on Loch Linnie

The Scottish puffer was a lifeline to many communities living in the highlands and islands of Scotland carrying cargo and mail to places where a larger vessel could not reach.

 

 

 

QE2 in the Mersey

QE2 in the Mersey

On August 31st 1994 the QE2 sailed into the River Mersey to commemorate her 25th birthday.

 

The painting depicts her being escoted by tugs from Howard Smith Towing, formerly the Alexandra Towing Company.

 

Limited Edition prints numbering 850 copies, signed by the artist and co-siigned by the captain of the day are available .

 

 

 

QE2 at Southampton

QE2 at Southampton

The QE2 at Southampton docks getting ready for sea.

 

 

 

Queen Mary

Queen Mary

The Queen Mary in Southampton Water passed by a Sunderland Flying Boat after WW2.  Built in 1931 by John Browns of Clydebank it remained in service until 1967.  The Queen Mary is now on display in Long Beach California.

 

 

 

Race Fever - Tall Ships at Sea

Race Fever - Tall Ships at Sea

The Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race is the longest running and most famous event of its kind. Here is the fleet in full sail during the race.

 

 

 

Red Squadron off Berry Head in 1665

Red Squadron off Berry Head in 1665

The fleet was divided into three squadrons, Red, Blue and White, each vessel having three fFlag Officers.  The senior squadron was Red, so all the ships in that squadron flew the red flag, the white and blue squadrons did likewise.

 

 

 

Royal Charter off Moelfre

Royal Charter off Moelfre

`Royal Charter` was an iron-built steam clipper built at Sandycroft on the River Dee, N. Wales and owned by Gibbs Bright & Company. She ended her days wrecked on the Anglesey coast in the great storm of 1859. Her 390 passengers were mostly returning gold prospectors with gold in their possession totalling £322,440. This was later found scattered along the coastline resulting in the `Royal Charter` being called the `Golden Wreck`

 

 

 

Royal Charter off Moelfre

Saxonia in the Mersey

A scene in the 1950`s on the River Mersey when there was at least one liner every day at the Pier Head and docks on both sides of the river were full of cargo ships.

 

 

 

Seabird yachts at Abersoch

Seabird yachts at Abersoch

Many of these Sea Bird yachts are of a great age and every so often their owners delight in organising Sea Bird Yacht class races.

 

 

CSS Shenandoah Entering the Mersey

CSS Shenandoah Entering the Mersey

 

 

Shenandoah Surrenders

Shenandoah Surrenders

The `CSS Shenandoah` was bought by the Confederate States of America as an armed cruiser during the civil war. She had an illustrious campaign, both capturing and sinking hostile ships, mainly in the Arctic Ocean. This scene shows her arrival in Liverpool preparing to surrender to `HMS Donegal` in the River Mersey following news of the Confederate defeat.

 

 

 

Sisters Two

Sisters Two

RMS `Lusitania` and her sister RMS `Mauretania` passing in the River Mersey. `Lusitania` is outward bound to New York. 

 

 

 

Santa Maria

Santa Maria

This painting shows Christopher Columbus's ship Santa Maria accompanied by Nina and Pinta on his voyage to the New World in 1492.

 

 

 

Thermopylae and Cutty Sark

Thermopylae and Cutty Sark

In the great annual Tea Race of 1872, Thermopylae and Cutty Sark were loading tea together side by side in Shanghai.  Cuty Sark was the first to finish on the afternoon of June 17th  and sailed at 7pm.  Thermopylae finished loading later that evening.  Many other clippers were all loading tea, all trying to reach London first as the highest prices were to be gained by the first clippers home.


Both captains battled day and night through variations of tearing squalls, rain in sheets with winds dropping to a faint air.  Cutty Sark lost her rudder during the race enabling the Thermopylae to reach the Thames first. Cutty Sark arrived a week later with a `jurry rudder`.   This was the first occasion on which Cutty Sark had ever been beaten.

 

 

 

Tall Ships in Mersey

Tall Ships in Mersey

Columbus` discovery of America, the New World, was commemorated in 1992 when the Tall Ships events climaxed in the River Mersey.

 

 

 

Tall Ships at Newcastle

Tall Ships at Newcastle

 

 

Tall Ships at Weymouth

Tall Ships at Weymouth

 

 

Tall Ships at Weymouth

U505

The German submarine U505 was boarded and captured by a US Navy battle group off the African coast in 1944. The task group, commanded by Captain Daniel V. Gallery, later a Rear Admiral, consisted of the escort carrier Guadalcanal plus five destroyer escorts, the Pillsbury, Pope, Flaherty, Chatelain and Jenks...


The U505 was one of the most valued prizes of WW2 as she gave the Allies the secret to the radio code used by the Germans in conducting their U-boat operations. It was also the first US Navy capture of an enemy war vessel on the high seas since the War of 1812.

 

 

 

 

HMS Unicorn

HMS Unicorn

On the 20th July 1993 the last vessel was built by Cammell Laird, preceding the closure of the yard after 165 illustrious years of shipbuilding. 


The painting depicts HMS `Unicorn` attended by Cory`s tug, `Holmgarth` and tugs of the Alexander Towing Co. `Crosby` and `Alfred`.

 

 

 

HMS Unicorn

Scottish Whaling and Herring Fleet

Leaving Aberdeen Circa 1880

 

 

 

Wavertree circa 1900

Wavertree circa 1900

Owned by R. W. Leyland of Liverpool, built by Oswald Mourdant at Southampton.  


Painting shows Wavertree being passed in the Irish Sea by Cunard's "Umbria" and Alfred Holt's Blue Funnel Line "Agememnon".

 

 

 

Wreck of the Mexico

Wreck of the Mexico

On the evening of December 9th 1886 the German barque `Mexico`, originally named John Bull and built in 1860 by Oswalds of Sunderland  before being bought by Messrs Ostling Gerbruder and renamed `Mexico`, got into difficulties off the Southport coast.


Three lifeboats carrying 44 men went to her rescue, only one lifeboat and 17 men returned. Two lifeboats and 27 men were lost resulting in the worst tragedy ever in the annals of the RNLI. Subsequently Lifeboat Saturday was conceived, bringing in much-needed funds to the completely voluntary RNLI service.

 

 

 

Mauretania

Mauretania 1

After being built by Swan Hunter on Tyneside, Mauretania 1 made her maiden voyage from Liverpool on Saturday 16th November1907.

Mauretania 1 is seen here in mid-ocean in 1928 on yet another trans-Atlantic voyage.

She held the Blue Riband for 22 years from 1907 until 1929 and was in service until 1935.

Not for sale Commission for  Queen Elizabeth II

(See Historic Ships for print)

 

 

 

 

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