Emigration, Plymouth Cattewater

Plymouth Emigration Depot:

Plymouthians can be proud of this, not so long ago Plymouth played a central role ‘exporting’ migrants, a lost history.

Available from our Print Gallery as a signed limited edition print

This marine painting measures 76 x 121 cms (30″ x 48″), oils £35,000, ex studio, ex frame.
Why this Marine Painting is special:
Emigration, Plymouth Cattewater is am amazing picture, we will never see its like again, for sure I won’t be painting this complex, authoritatively researched scene again…
An emigrant clipper loading for Australia; Meticulous Marine art by Gordon Frickers.
A lost history,  not even a plaque remains, of a history for Plymouthians to be proud of, inspired by, not so long ago Plymouth played a central role ‘exporting’ migrants.

Click on the image above or the images below to see more detail.

Detail from Emigration, Plymouth Cattewater


This painting surprised me, the location is one I’d long wished to paint, I know it intimately.

The surprise was I discovered a forgotten great story, my hope is it surprises and delights you too.

This exactingly researched original is available and shares in common with the original the clipper “Samuel Plimsoll“, the full rigged ship shown in this painting, the status of a ‘copper bottomed’ investment.


Detail from Emigration, Plymouth Cattewater

A ‘Full on’ marine painting available as a signed numbered print,  to make an order visit www.frickers.co.uk/artpayment page.

 How much is that in my currency? Use this free XE Personal Currency Assistant 

Contact Us


My original intention was to paint the moonlight view I’d see hundreds of times of an evening after sailing with my family.

In days long gone, my family and I were members of the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club  which to this day has two of my paintings, commissioned, in pride of place in their lounge.

I was aware of some of the Cattewater’s history, the Phoneticians, Saxons, of Francis Drake, Frobisher, Hawkins, of the Mayflower and Pilgrim Fathers…

Little did I realize just how much history I was standing on and looking at… or how many souls had emigrated via Plymouth.

I chose to show the scene much as it would have looked mid second half of the 19 th century in part because parts of that view are still clearly recognizable but under threat from careless redevelopment.

Finishing touches on location with 'Emigration'

Finishing touches on location with ‘Emigration’

Plymouth, the port, the city, 

has witness the start of far to many famous voyages to recount here many being voyages that have changed lives and our world, beyond measure.

As an assembly point for emigrants Plymouth was for centuries, thanks to the kindness of its people a preferred departure point.

The Plymouth Emigration Depot, custom built,  demolished during the 1930’s was for  many years the most advanced of it’s kind.

This painting shows you the clipper “Samuel Plimsoll” loading emigrants for Australia summer 1884.

Via our further reading section you can discover one of the diaries kept by an emigrant who sailed on the Samuel Plimsoll.

A lost history painted for descendants of staff  and for migrants who passed through Plymouth and so we today may justifiably take pride in our city of Plymouth, Devon, England.


Enjoyed the above? Don’t miss further reading  it reads like a short sea novel!


Credit where it is due: My particular thanks to Bob Brennan for tireless research and encouragement, to David Folley for the use of his facilities, Captain Tim Charlesworth of / and the Cattewater Harbour Commissioners, Ian Criddle of Plymouth Naval Reference Library, Nigel Overton Heritage Officer of Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Alan Collie in New Zealand who provided information unknown in Plymouth from the 1884 WESTERN FIGARO newspaper including drawings, David Meale who’s ancestor Richard James Stead who emigrated in the Samuel Plimsoll and kept a diary which includes a drama, a collision at sea during the voyage; and by no means least, to the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour in Sydney.

All helped enormously and willingly, giving authority to this magnificent painting “Emigration, Plymouth Cattewater“.

 ~ ~ ~ ~

Contact Us

T: + 44 (0)1865 52 2435 or Skype ‘gordonfrickers’

Email: info@nullartfrickers.com

You could acquire or commission a painting like this.

You can purchase via our ‘Payments page using Paypal or bank to bank

By arrangement payments can be in installments.

How much in my currency? Try our free XE Currency converter.

Gordon Frickers © 20.03.14 updated 30,05,2016, 10.06.16, 22.10.2016, 26.01.2017

You are cordially invited to enjoy the fun and facination of following The Art of Gordon Frickers on his blog and or https://www.facebook.com/gordon.frickers

Contact Us

Copyright 2017:

Copyright fees and our Terms are among the most generous on the Internet, don’t hesitate to ask for details by email, whatsapp, or phone+ 44 (0)1865 52 2435 M: + 33 (0)6 10 66 19 26

Gordon Frickers © 02.03.12 Updated 19.03.15, 27.10.15, 04.01.16, 02,02,2017, 06.04.17, 30.05.2017, 22.08.2017

Gordon Frickers, the only artist member of British Marine

Gordon Frickers, the only artist member of British Marine



Be Sociable, Share!