Houlder Line cargo ship mv Beacon Grange, oil on Daler board, signed EM Wytchard, 1975.
Oil on board, signed and dated. Dimensions : Frame : 384mm x 483mm x 36mm. Image : 290mm x 390mm. Weight : 1.150kg net. Condition : Good.
Houlder Line cargo ship mv Beacon Grange, oil on Daler board, signed E.M. Wytchard, 1975. Framed.
Dimensions : Frame : 384mm x 483mm x 36mm. Image : 290mm x 390mm. Weight : 1.150kg net.
Condition/Notes : Good. The oil on Daler board painting is in good condition with no paint loss or damage and depicts the Houlder Line cargo ship mv Beacon Grange at sea.
The mv Beacon Grange had a short and tragic life. Built in 1938 by Hawthorn Leslie & Co. Ltd. at Hebburn-on-Tyne she traded between the UK and South America until 27/4/1941 when on a voyage, in ballast, from the Tyne to Buenos Aires she was torpedoed at 1612 hrs in position 62.05N 16.20W (South of Iceland) by U-552 commanded by Erich Topp and sunk. 2 members of the 82 crew were lost and the survivors were picked up by the Belgian Trawler Edouvard Anseele, then transferred to HMS Gladiolus (K34) and landed in Londonderry. Details can be found on www.uboat.net and other sources.
In the painting she is displaying the Houlder Line colours and funnel. The artist's signature is in the lower rh corner and dated 1975.
The grey fabric lined recessed frame is in good condition with scuffing and wear to the edges; the Daler board is secured by nails and sealed with self-adhesive tape. Hanging cord attached.
The painting is of historical interest particularly to relatives of the crew and accounts of the final voyage are well documented in both Allied and German records.
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