A Deck Scene on the 'Wiscombe Park'

An imaginary evocation of a deck scene on the ship, 'Wiscombe Park', looking aft in a storm. Although Everett never sailed in this ship, he did go on board her and made sketches when she was moored at Ipswich in 1921. The painting shows the ship leaning at an angle to the left, her three masts visible. Close attention has been paid to the detailing of the rigging on the deck and the waves are shown behind the ship in a highly stylized way. Two figures are shown at the stern.

At a time when four-masted barque rigs were the fashion for big sailing vessels, the 'Wiscombe Park' was unusual in being built a three-masted ship. She was 2228 tons and built in 1892 for G. Windram and Co of Liverpool. After World War I she was owned by Chadwick, Wainwright and Co, before being sold to a French firm, Bureau Frères, in 1919 and called the 'Edouard Bureau'. In 1924 she became German and was given her third and last name, 'Grief', and made her last voyage with grain from Australia in 1927. After a battering while rounding Cape Horn on her way from Port Pirie to England with wheat, she arrived at Falmouth on 7 June 1927 after a voyage of 126 days and was ordered to Belfast to discharge her cargo. On the way she grounded on the Twin Rocks, in the Irish Sea, was towed clear and taken to Belfast but as soon as her cargo was unloaded she was handed over to the Irish shipbreakers because her repair bill was too high. The painting is signed 'John Everett'.

Object Details

ID: BHC3727
Collection: Fine art
Type: Painting
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Everett, (Herbert Barnard) John
Vessels: Wiscombe Park 1892
Date made: circa 1921
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Bequeathed by the artist 1949.
Measurements: Frame: 1294 mm x 945 mm x 55 mm;Painting: 1200 x 852 mm

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