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A Ketch rounding the Helwick Lightship
'Leaving the Helwick'

The Presentation Print
and the story of the picture

This print is one of a limited edition of 495. 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 28 x 22.5 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.
  • The print is flat packed to make it easier for framers. Unless you are outside the UK in which case it is sent in a roll for additional security. Michael normally completes your print and despatches it to you within two working days.

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The Story of the Painting

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 in 'The Boat Trip'. She is now preserved in Swansea Maritime Museum and was replaced by another lightship that is now in Cardiff Museum.

The ketch was owned by Peter Herbert who also owned the John Adams. She was called The Agnes, and was one of the last sail trading ketches. Peter bought it when trading by sail had stopped, but still worked her for a few years. He sold it to an owner who wanted her as his personal yacht, and, in the West Indies she struck a reef where she survived a hurricane - but could not be removed and finally sunk.


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.

To purchase this unique print with a Certificate of Authenticity, made personally for you and signed by the artist, with the story behind the print at the affordable price of £48 (plus postage and packing) click one of the options below.

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