Whaling ship Petrel.


Nice work, Dixie, and a great story.

The colours look great against the starkness of the ice. Also nice to have a story behind it.

Thank you Lew and Ron for you kind comments. My link to the ship is have seen both Petrel and Viola on sight back in 84, when we had a short stop over on the way to Antarctica for 6 months. I was able to step onto the deck of Petrel at the time. This I believe is what started my interest in old ship and old machinery, and building. Worth having a look on line as there are some great photos.

What an interesting ship and really well drawn.

Thank you Stephen and Graham for your very kind comments they are much appreciated.

Excellent Paul. You’ve done a terrific job of describing the age and decline of this once proud ship....despite what it was used for.....it is a fascinating subject, thank you for the information on its history.

Lovely atmospheric painting Paul, you have really conveyed the strange beauty that comes from abandoned man made items left in desolate locations. Love the ice behind the ship.

Thank you Chris and Fiona for you comments they are very much appreciated.

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Steam whaling ship abandoned in 1965, at Grytviken, King Edwards Cove.South Georgia. There was a second ship which has been recovered to the uk for restoration, as it was a WW1 armed trawler, named Viola. The Petra’s spends some of the year iced in, the colours are fantastic in the summer months. Built in 1905 so Alan old lady. I’m against whaling, but am fascinated by the old whaling station.

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Paul (Dixie) Dean

I have sketched most of my life on and off I became interested in watercolour following a spinal injury whilst in hospital but did not follow it up. My eldest daughter bought me a beautiful wooden box set of half pans about twenty five years ago I dabbled on and off until retirement twelve years…

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