The schooner Pickle, famed for racing the Trafalgar dispatches to England; I am working on a new painting of the schooner Pickle as she passed Mounts Bay Cornwall in light early morning airs.
Pickle is reputed to have spoken with fishing luggers who raced the news to the port of Mousehole where allegedly the Trafalgar news was first announced. I’m going to try and contact some of the Cornish lugger people.
I have begun sketches.
You may be familiar with Pickle, the vessel carried the news of Trafalgar and the death on Nelson to England?
We know from her log Pickle passed Mounts bay in light airs on the morning of 04.11.05.
Pickle was carrying the Trafalgar dispatch.
I’d like to show some Cornish luggers, possibly cheekily, ‘borrow’ some of the existing luggers as a little ‘in’ jest.
One of the paintings I am best known for (and available as a collectors print is “I have urgent dispatches” of the now renowned Pickle – http://frickers.co.uk/marine-art/urgent_dispatches.html.
Now i am going to add a second Pickle painting so you can collect the pair.
You are possible aware there is a local story denied by some academics, that Pickle spoke with Cornish luggers in Mounts Bay and that is the intended subject of my new painting.
As one who lived in Cornwall for many years, worked with Cornishmen and sailed Cornish waters it is my conjecture that the story is true and needs a new painting.
Any information you can send me about Mounts Bay luggers in the early 19 th century will be of great interest and our co operation may prove mutually beneficial.
The details I’d most like to acquire would be of the luggers in light airs working, hoisting or lowering sail / anchor, maneuvering.
I don’t mind if the luggers are modern.
Only the most knowing observers will know there are differences between 1805 luggers and those of today.
For the intended scene I have found what are probably the only 2 illustrations of Pickle made from eye witness accounts (most ‘Pickle‘ paintings are bit of a pickle = wrong).
See the ‘further reading’ pages on frickers.co.uk to decide if you agree or disagree.
The intention is to show Pickle, on the calm hazy November morning of 04.11.05 as she ghosted under full sail plus across the outer Mounts bay to pass the Lizard for Falmouth.
We know Pickle regularly patrolled Cornish waters between 1802 and 1805 so would have been ‘known’ to the men of Mousehole where it is locally proudly claimed the then sensational Trafalgar news was first announced in England.
Pickle was a Plymouth ship and often worked Cornish waters including fighting several sharp actions with French privateers.
It is in my view contrary to some leading academics, it is quite likely crew members would have recognized each other, have been family so if Pickle passed close to a group of luggers the Trafalgar news would in = evitable have been passed, cousin Jack to cousin Jack.
Any ‘working’ photos you can refer me to or advice on appearance and rigging would be appreciated as would having an expert check my luggers before the painting goes on show.
I would hope that in some form the painting might eventually benefit the association and the old ladies too.
The Golden Hinde I am preparing to paint is the ship as built by Alan Hinks team at Appledore.
I have no idea where she is now.
I have painted her once before.
Anyway, I am working on an idea, to show her in heavy weather off Cape Horn or at least discovering Drakes Passage which discovery seems largely forgotten however the passage in their honour carries that name to the day.
I might try a painting of Drake in the Magellan Straits too, based on the Thomas Somerscales version.
In addition I am planning a fairly dramatic painting of the Batavia, a calmer warmer picture of the Hermione and am researching naval parts of the War of 1812.
As if that is not enough I intend a series of paintings based on sights I have seen in the past few years around this area
I have fairly clear visions of all the above so now am beginning to turn then into sketches and am considering colour and lighting schemes.
All the above will be by my standard quite small paintings, none more than about 20″ x 32″ and executed quickly and more loosely than some of this/ last years work.
Now all I need is good health and the tranquility to be able to concentrate!
Today I don’t have good health, I’m being troubled by the same aches I had when ill earlier this autumn.
Here’s hoping and praying they simply are stress related and go the **** away!
The weather here remains mild for the time of year.
It is getting much colder especially at night.
I’m in thermals most days and wish I had more and warmer thermals because we expect snow very soon and nights are already down to – 3!
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