Clovelly Lifeboat 'The Pride of Clovelly.'
A limited edition lithographic print of 950. 20.5 x 14.5 inches approximately.
My painting shows the Clovelly lifeboat, 'The Pride of Clovelly,' cresting a wave off Clovelly as an incoming squall sweeps in from the Atlantic..
In 1988 the Bristol Channel lifeboat, the 'City of Bristol' departed Clovelly and the RNLI closed the station. Clovelly is sheltered from the prevailing Atlantic gales and at low water, Spring tides it can be hazardous for the neighbouring Appledore lifeboat to cross Bideford Bar. Clovelly village therefore decided to raise the money for their own private lifeboat. I am pleased to say that my painting of the City of Bristol raised £20,000 towards the new lifeboat. 'The Pride of Clovelly' was an Artic 18 rigid inflatable. I served as a junior crew member and put to sea in conditions that one would not normally do so, and was able to observe at close quarters its ever changing moods, movement and colours.
Ten years after departing the RNLI accepted the necessity for a lifeboat at Clovelly and placed their own boat again in the lifeboat house.