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Paddle steamer off Clovelly
'Drifting Steam and Gleaming Brass'

The Presentation Print
and the story of the picture

This print is one of a limited edition of 750. It is a lithographic print and the normal print size is approximately 24 x 16.5 inches. It is both a lithographic print and a giclee print so it can be made to your specification if you contact us

  • The print is signed personally by Michael once he is happy with the quality
  • It is a numbered Limited edition
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The Story of the Painting

The paddle steamer is the Lorna Doone. She was built in South Wales in 1892. She used to do pleasure trips up and down the Bristol Channel in the 1890s and 1900s. She was then bought by a South Wales company who sailed her to Ilfracombe, Clovelly, Swansea and Cardiff.

During the First World War she was a Royal Navy minesweeper and mine layer and at the end of the War was refitted with another funnel and the foredeck was filled in prior to her working in the Solent off 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 claims to be the only paddle steamer to have shot down an enemy plane 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.

The artist, Michael Lees, is a local lifeboatman and so has heard many stories about her from the older fishermen of Clovelly where she used to call, and where she is pictured. He felt it a tragedy that she should be forgotten and so painted her in her days of glory.

The picture shows her moored off the Devon coast as the local fishermen in picarooners (a locally built fishing boat) ferry tourists ashore.


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