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    Hunt,Geoff-Bellona And Courageux - oil on canvas
    Bellona and Courageux coming home, Spithead 1761

    'HMS Bellona (left) was one of the first of the new British standard 74-gun ships - a long-lived ship, completed in 1760, still active in 1813. On 15 August 1761 she ran into the powerful French Courageux 74 off the coast of Portugal. A famous, hard-fought action ensued, in which Courageux was finally captured. She proved to be an excellent ship and influenced British battleship design for decades.'
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    Hunt,Geoff-HMS-.Inconstant & l'Unite - oil on panel

    'On 20 April 1796 the frigate Inconstant, Captain Fremantle, reconnoitred what is now the Bay of Tunis. There she found a French warship lying at anchor and, in circumstances which the Inconstant's log-books do not make clear, captured her without a shot being fired. She proved to be l'Unité of 34 guns, a size of vessel that was just dropping out of the category of frigate - in the French Navy such ships were now called corvettes. The interesting thing about this corvette is that she was bought into the Royal Navy, renamed HMS Surprise, and had a busy and
    distinguished career (she was Captain Hamilton's command in the recapture of the Hermione), before going on to have an even busier
    and far more celebrated career in fiction as Captain Aubrey's ship, in so many of Patrick O'Brien's novels. Here we see the two ships on the morning following the capture.Inconstant is making sail to investigate a strange vessel to the northward, but all turns out well; she proves to be the British frigate La Sybille,...L'Unité even as built had rather an English look about her and there is not much to mark her as a French-built ship to outward appearance, though the spidery object dangling from the driver boom is a characteristically French lifebuoy.'

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    Hunt,Geoff-HMSBellona - oil on panel
    HMS Bellona on blockade duty off Brest

    '...I wanted to depict a moment in the monotonous and largely uneventful blockade duty which formed the greater part of a British battleship's life during the Napoleonic Wars.'
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    Hunt,Geoff-Treason'sHarbour - oil on panel
    'Moonlight over Grand Harbour, Malta.

    Once again the ship is HMS Surprise, this time securely moored, a marine sentry stationed over the bowsprit ready to shoot any potential deserter trying to swim away from the ship...In the distance a Genoese barque... is being towed through the flat calm by her longboat.'

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    Thanks again Clancy for posting that outstanding collection of tall ships. I had a hard time picking out my favorite but settled on one.



    "Wager in the Great Southern Ocean 1741." It touched something in me. The look of hope at dawn after what probably was a stormy night . Her Top gallants masts were sent down and the glint of sun light on the breaking wave just abeam of her bower anchor stock suggested that emotion for me.

    Maybe a good painting to be absorbed in if in one's own crisis ?

    Now all the rest were close seconds.

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    WOW!
    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

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    my fav.

    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

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    I'm not done yet!

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    Hunt,Geoff-HMSTriton - oil on panel
    HMS Triton in action with privateer
    'The West Indies is the setting for this little action...'

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    Quote Originally Posted by clancy View Post
    I'm not done yet!
    Good! great thread Clancy!
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    where are you getting all of these?
    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

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    Hunt,Geoff-HMS Trusty - oil on panel

    HMS Trusty in English Harbour, Antigua
    'The 50-gun ship Trusty takes on stores, while to the right a sloop is careened (heeled over to get at the underwater hull) for attention.'

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    Myers, Mark R-Frigate Off Barnpool - watercolour

    'Barnpool lies where the Hamoaze meets Plymouth Sound, a snug, deep cove, perfect for riding out a tide or for holing when the gales roar outside.'

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    Myers, Mark R-The Eclipse Off Anjer - oil on canvas

    '...the Eclipse...one of the celebrated Salem East Indiamen, a regular in the Sumatran pepper trade.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimH View Post
    where are you getting all of these?
    I found a Usenet newsgroup called tall ships. Here is the address.
    alt.binaries.pictures.tall-ships

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    Myers,Mark R-Ononnistoy - watercolour

    The visit of Ononnistoy and other chiefs to Captain George Vancouver aboard the Discovery at Port Stewart, Alaska. 1 September 1793
    '...a record of the elaborate ceremonial visit of the Tlingit chief Guna'ne'sté ('Ononnistoy' to Vancouver) to the English ships at anchor near present-day Ketchikan.'

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    The next one is my favorite.

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    Myers, Mark R-The Neva - watercolour

    Pulled With Uncommon Strength.
    The Neva Crosses Sitka Sound, 28 September 1804

    '...on the 28th towards noon, we moved out of Cross Bay. The weathe was so calm, that our ships were obliged to be towed till ten in the evening, when we anchored for the night, at a short distance from the old settlement of the Sitcans. The Neva could not have reached this situation, but for the united assistance of upwards of a hundred bidarkas, which, though small in size, pulled with uncommon strength.' 'This passage in Captain Yuri Lisianski's 'Voyage Around the World' was simply asking to be painted. A fleet of Russian ships being towed Gulliver-like into battle by a horde of Lilliputian kayaks makes an unusual subject to say the least.'

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    Still more to come later

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    I hope some of those bilge rats poke into this thread. It'll do em some good.

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    Myers, Mark R-Covelly-Evening - watercolour
    'Twilight is stealing down the hill as the local smack Victory slips back into harbour in this scene from the end of the last century.'

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    Myers, Mark R-The Dolores Off Salcombe Bar - watercolour
    '...a small fruit schooner of the 1840s, the Dolores...'

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