Brixham Sailing Trawlers: Marine Paintings (page 2)

Marine painting: Gleaner, sailing trawler from Brixham, Devon

'Out from Torbay'

Gleaner BM303

Oil on canvas
24" x 36" (61cm x 91.5cm)

This painting shows the Brixham sailing trawler 'Gleaner' BM303 Circa 1914. This fine painting is very atmospheric and perhaps suggestive of a spirit of the time. The artist, who has made a specialist study of the big Brixham boats, suggests a working atmosphere and a wealth of fine detail on the deck. But the picture is much more than that. Off her port bow, dashing through the rain squall, a group of heavy units of the Royal Navy sweep past on the horizon.

Marine painting: Ibex BM27, Brixham Sailing Trawler by Robin Brooks

'Ibex BM27'

Brixham Sailing Trawler

Oil on panel
7" x 10" (18 cm x 25.5 cm)
Private Collection

Built in 1896, Ibex was the fastest sailing trawler in the West Country. She was designed by Andrew Upham and built by J.W. & A. Upham in Brixham. Originally registered as DH 416, in 1902 this became BM27, when the new Brixham registration came into effect. Apart from her amazing turn of speed, she was typical of her kind and a good sea boat. She was crewed by only four men and a boy. The Brixham trawlers worked all year round, sailing as far afield as the east coast and the Irish Sea.

She was one of four smacks stopped by a German U-Boat on 29th January 1918, some fourteen miles off Berry Head. They were all sunk by gun fire after crews had been given the chance to take to their boats. All of the men were later rescued by a patrol boat.

In her early years, she was painted with a green hull, but later was painted black all over. She was the winner of 29 'firsts' in the annual trawler races held in Torbay.

Marine painting: The Mannequin, Brixham Sailing Trawler by Robin Brooks

'The Mannequin' - BM18

Brixham Sailing Trawler

Oil on canvas
16" x 20" (40.5 cm x 51 cm)
Private Collection

The Mannequin BM 18 was one of the last of a large fleet of sailing trawlers that were built and operated from this famous Devonshire sailing port. She would have been crewed by four men and a boy. She was one of a class known locally as Big Sloops. The great beam of the trawl is stowed on the port side and hangs well over the stern. Brixham sailing trawlers were good sea boats and several have survived, converted into private yachts.

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