A Sailing Ketch and Working Boat off Appledore.' Lee Rail Under.'
A Limited edition giclee print of 500.
It is a lively day as the ketch Uliea is off Appledore and running up river to Bideford to unload. One of the local sand barges and a steam tug can be seen off Richmond dock. The local work boats were some eighteen feet long and lug rigged, the crew are working hard in the stiff breeze and wondering whether they should have reefed a lot earlier.
This painting was inspired one day when my son and I were sailing our 1930’s Taw Torridge one-design. The only other boat out that morning was a Montague Whaler. Both boats should have reefed, but had not. My boat, with small side decks, remained reasonably dry but the whaler shipped water over her lee rail and, as both the crew were leaning out to windward, nobody could bail!