The sailing ketch 'Agnes' and the lightship Helwick. 'Leaving the Helwick behind.'
A limited edition giclee print of 495. 22x16 inches approximately.
The Helwick lightship marks the treacherous sands off the western point of the Mumbles Peninsular, twixt Carmarthen and Swansea at the entrance to the Bristol Channel. As it is open to the Atlantic awesome seas can sweep through. She was built at Philips Yard - see the story with my painting “The boat trip.” She is now preserved in Swansea Maritime Museum and was replaced by another lightship that is now in Cardiff Museum.
The trading ketch the “Agnes” was owned by Peter Herbert who owned a number of sailing and powered ships, including the “John Adams”. The Agnes was built in 1830 at Stapleton’s yard on Bude canal as the “Lady Ackland.” Peter bought her when centuries of trading by sail along the coasts of Britain was coming to an end, but he still worked her for a few years carrying coal and grain to Bristol Channel ports. He sold her in 1955 to an owner who wanted her as his personal yacht, but later that year she struck a reef in the West Indies where she survived a hurricane - but could not be dragged off so finally broke up after 125 years of loyal service.