My connection with HMS Pickle goes back a long way and includes a lengthy commission for HMS Victory which resulted in some great pictures (several available as heritage prints from page
Following a recent order for a large copy of the picture HMS Pickle carrying the news of Trafalgar including a remarque I wrote the following to describe the remaque and reveal a little known but interesting piece of history.
The picture in question is “I have urgent dispatches“.
We are some times asked if a model of the ubiquitous HMS Pickle is available?
Subsequently and our thanks to this person, we have discovered a source of Pickle models!
A record number of “I Have Urgent Dispatches” were sold at excellent prices to benefit the Royal Naval Museum.
Thank You Gordon, for creating such a wonderful piece..
For all of you who were interested in the creation of this wonderful and successful BBC documentary series by Tom Cunliffe and Form Films – thank you!
Here is the whole series in case you want to watch it again and again available as a DVD on Amazon price £19.99.
Had an interesting comment come in recently regarding the much acclaimed marine painting in print as “I have urgent dispatches“, copies available using PayPal via page
The gentleman in question wrote:
HMS Pickle, a new yarn to add to the thread of the renowned schooner Pickle of unlikely name and much disputed origins, the Pickle which heroically carried the news of the battle of Trafalgar and the death of Nelson (“Sir, we have won a great victory but we have lost Nelson“) is splendidly illustrated as a Heritage quality, signed numbered edition picture in “I have urgent dispatches“.
We are rarely able to see Gordon Frickers artwork in its final location so this is a treat!
Reproduced here, an article kindly sent to us by Sally C McElwreath written by Rear Admiral Joeseph Callo USNR (Ret.) written for the authorative American magazine SEA HISTORY 132, AUTUMN 2010, (National Maritime Historical Society) which includes the renowned painting “I have urgent dispatches,” by Gordon Frickers,
available as a signed numbered edition from page: http://www.frickers.co.uk/prints.html ~ you can order easily and securely on line using PayPal.