Merchant Sail

Working sailing ship paintings introduced here via the ‘Gordon Frickers’ paintings and taffrail yarns via ‘Further Reading links.

My connection with the last men to represent the long history of British merchant sail has been a profound influence of my marine paintings.

Hyperlink to Cornish Race

New, birth of a painting, a commission.

"New and Old"

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“New and Old, yours for £1250.

My basic seamanship and respect for salt waters was learnt around the Thames and Medway Estuaries when an adolescent.

"Waterwitch" off Gribben Head, Cornwall

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Waterwitch” off Gribben Head, Cornwall

Available as a signed, numbered print on canvas from Marine Art Prints.

The original long since sold

Cutty Sark
Hyperlink > Krakatoa, clippers, available, £2000.

I learnt much, seamanship, attitudes, from some of the last Britons to work cargo under sail.

Hyperlink > Pirates !, available £1500.

Years later I realised I’d learned upon the very same waters Drake, Cook and Nelson learned their small boat handling.

Portuguese Carrack fleet entering the Gironde circa 1490

Hyperlink > Portuguese Carrack fleet entering the Gironde,

Shipping wine, Carracks arriving in the Gironde” yours for £1250.

I have come to realise, to have this connection, unique among today’s marine artists, with  those tough, modestly courageous, hard working and very skilled men is a qualification, an honour.

We shall not see their like again.

Hyperlink > Laperouse entering Botany Bay, available, £4000.

If you appreciate and are looking for the best in marine painting you have found it here.

Hyperlink > Mayflower, Plymouth, & Sutton Harbour, SE view, No. 2 concept sketch, available, £230.

"Jane Banks" entering Bermuda Hyperlink to
Hyperlink > “Jane Banks” entering Bermuda

Available, £1250.

Hyperlink to > Samuel Plimsol <, painting progress 12.08.19

Last British square rigger to ‘trade foreign’, available as a signed, numbered print on canvas from Marine Art Prints

Pearl fishermen working with a Sanbaq Dhow Hyperlink to

Hyperlink > Pearl fishermen working with a Sanbaq Dhow.

Available, yours for £1500.

Dhow and Dolphins

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Available, yours for £1500.

The Golden Hinde Hyperlink to
The Golden Hinde

I’m sad to say this mini masterpiece was taken to Holland by Maryse Sportouch, and never paid for. Piracy? However, at least I retain the copyright.

Baghlah - the traditional deep-sea dhow Hyperlink to
Baghlah – the traditional deep-sea dhow

Commissioned on behalf if His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said.

The Image appears as the front cover of a best selling book  “The Corsair”.

Fine paintings sell books.

Wind of Change 

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Yours for £1500.

Oldest Cornish Lugger
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A very early example of my emerging talent

Yours for £250.

Maria Asumpta entering Plymouth 

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Maria Asumpta entering Plymouth

Maria Asumpta‘ was ship I spent very many hours aboard.

Painting sold to a private collector.

"Rhoda Mary" and "Katie Cluett" Hyperlink to
“Rhoda Mary” and “Katie Cluett”

Sold, available as a signed, numbered print on canvas from Marine Art Prints

"Ferriera" ex "Cutty Sark", "Last Departure" Hyperlink to
“Ferriera” ex “Cutty Sark”, “Last Departure”

Sold, availableas  a signed, numbered print on canvas from Marine Art Prints

"Last Arrival"

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“Last Arrival”


Tectona & Moyana off the Eddystone Hyperlink to
Tectona & Moyana off the Eddystone


"Tectona, dawn off Bolt Head"

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“Tectona, dawn off Bolt Head” 


As Gordon’s marine art here demonstrates, over the years Gordon Frickers has deepened his affinity for merchant sailing ships, painted many and sailed upon a few including ‘Maria Asumpta’“. N.B of Knightsbridge, London.

At the time the ‘Maria Asumpta’ was the oldest sailing 19th century square rigger anywhere, and still capable of carrying cargo, Maria Asumpta.

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10 May 2007, updated 17.08.2019

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