Paddle steamer Lorna Doone off Clovelly. 'Gleaming Brass and Drifting Steam.'
A limited edition lithographic print of 750. 24 x 16.5 inches approximately
The passengers of the paddle steamer Lorna Doone are boarding small boats to be ferried ashore at the picturesque village of Clovelly. She is a beautiful sight with gleaming brass and drifting steam as she gently sways on the swell having made the crossing from Penarth bringing day trippers to the north coast of Devon. She was built Glasgow in 1891 and operated in the Bristol Channel until 1898 when she was sold to the Southampton, Isle of Wight and South of England Royal Mail Steam Packet Co, at which point she was re-engined and fitted with a second funnel.
During the First World War she was commissioned into the Royal Navy as a minesweeper and at the end of the War she continued working as a pleasure steamer on the Solent and the Isle of Wight. In the Second World War she was again commandeered as a minesweeper and fitted with machine guns and a gun on the foredeck, she later became an anti aircraft ship. This was with some success as she claims to be the only paddle steamer to have shot down an enemy aircraft during the War. Unfortunately, as with many other commandeered boats, she was poorly maintained during the War and had to be scrapped at the end of it.