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Appledore Quay during the last years of working sail
'Leaving on the Tide'

The Presentation Print
and the story of the picture

This print is one of a limited edition of 500. It is a giclee print on museum quality paper with a slightly structured soft-textured surface as in a traditional fine art paper. The paper is acid free with a weight of 315gsm.

The normal print size is approximately 14 x 20 inches, but, as this is a bespoke piece of art, the artist can produce it for you at a smaller size so that it can hang in that ideal position in your house or will be the best size for a gift.

A bespoke picture can have your loggo, or wording placed on it, a superb solution for a presentation gift.

  • The print is signed personally by Michael once he is happy with the quality
  • Limited edition prints are numbered.
  • The print comes with a Certificate of Authenticity
  • It is accompanied by the story behind it so you can entertain the friends to whom you show it - see below.
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The Story of the Painting

This is Appledore Quay in the twilight days of working sail. The Kathleen and May is under sail and will soon pass over Bideford Bar on the ebbing tide. In most ports in the 'twenties and 'thirties sail had been replaced by steam but Kathleen and May and Irene traded from Appledore for many more years, finishing their working lives some thirty years later in the 'sixties.

The trades of shipwright, sail maker and blockmaker carried on in support of these ships, accompanied by the sounds of creaking spars and the clunk of oars in rowlocks, while the evocative smells of Stockholm tar, seaweed and hewn oak lingered over the quay and surrounding shipyards.

The Mary Miller lies moored off the quay while alongside are two local ketches Hobah and Lewisman. An Instow ferry boat is pushing away from the slipway, while a crew sculls out to their waiting ship watched by a lad with his dog, longing for the day when he is old enough to join his Dad at sea.

In 1830 Alexander Beara established a chandler and ironmonger to sustain these ships on the weeks away from home. He stocked oil for the lamps, canvas for the sails and even reefing gear, cast from the same iron from which he also made cooking ranges for the galleys.

The graceful sweep of the original quay has now gone, replaced by wider and stronger structures, but many of those who sailed and watched the ships talk to me as I paint. A grey haired old man recalls his Dad and his dreams as he watched the schooner pass seaward off Appledore Quay. The Kathleen and May still proudly points her graceful bow seawards, watched over by many wishing her fair winds and a safe homecoming.


If you are not delighted with the print post it back to us and we will refund your complete outlay with no questions asked. If the print is damaged in transit then contact us and we will replace it.


Michael's Limited edition works of art tend to sell out and we regularly get people searching for sold out prints so ensure you order your print before it sells out.

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We will email you back to confirm the details, and ensure there is no confusion. We will also ask for the delivery address and send details of secure payment.

Michael needs you to tell him the horizontal width excluding the border. But when deciding on the size read the note below.

Size considerations:

  • The proportions of width to height remain the same whatever the size so tell us the width of the image and the height will automatically resolve itself.
  • The pictures have a border which varies depending on the size of the image so if the total width (including image and border) is important to you then please let us know and we will confirm the details with you.
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