Sunday, 3 July 2011
THE ABERDEEN TRAWLER "VIGILANCE"
The latest oil painting from my curmudgeonly artistic brush is this portrayal of the Aberdeen trawler "Vigilance" (reg. no. A204) approaching her home port in choppy weather. Part of the long stretch of sandy beach, which extends northwards from the harbour, is visible in the background.
The "Vigilance" was one of several Aberdeen trawlers built of wood at various shipyards in the north-east of Scotland in the late 1950s, in this case at Peterhead in 1958. She was 90-odd feet long and 149 grt. She appears with the Aberdeen registration in Olsen's Almanack until the early 1980s, and I don't really know her fate thereafter. Maybe someone will enlighten me.
I'm currently working on another Aberdeen trawler, the steel Tyne-built "Paramount", which I hope to have completed this incoming week. I've also started a painting of the inner harbour at Stonehaven. This will take longer, and I plan to do other seascapes concurrently. All this work is intended for the Catterline exhibition which I am still hoping to hang in early November of this year.
Wish me luck, and have a nice week!