Kenya at Mombasa, B I Sunday, a unique event

Kenya 15 Sept 1951, Port of Mombasa, B I Sunday as my painting records was a unique event in shipping history.

Every ship in the port as my painting records was of the same company, the British India Steam Navigation Company, Kenya making her maiden arrival was cause for the crews double celebration ashore.

S S Kenya, Maiden Arrival, Mombassa
British India Sunday, Mombassa

76 x 121 cm (30″ x 48″) 

"Kenya at Mombasa, B I Sunday, a unique event", a marine painting by Gordon Frickers, 121 x 76 cm (47½" x 30"), commissioned. by J. Leeson & son. Available as a print from our print page.

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British India Steam Navigation Company,

a unique event in shipping history, every berth was occupied by ships of the same company,  even the dry dock.

B I Sunday is a cause for the crews to celebrate with a night ashore with inevitable high spirits and mischief.

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My client generously wrote on the 11.04.2016, “Gordon to say the painting has passed our expectations is truly an understatement.

It is an outstanding painting celebrating a wonderful shipping company, who worked with a  very rich country in so many ways, BI laid the foundations for Smith Mackenzie and African Marine who have truly grown since 16th September 1951.”

British India Steam Navigation Company’ ships.

The world’s largest shipping company

a company that quietly, unassumingly became at one time the largest merchant navy fleet in the world.

A company hugely popular with customers, crew and officers, a company of unsung heroes to borrow a phrase from them, who ‘did their bit‘ in peace and war, laboured long and hard to build the world that benefits us today.

The day illustrated here is the 16th September 1951 in Kilindini Port, Mombasa, Kenya, East Africa.

A cause for a double celebration with the “Kenya“, sister of the famous ‘Uganda‘ making her maiden arrival at Mombasa, Kenya, East Africa.

Kenya was the new flagship of the much loved by passengers and crews ‘British India Steam Navigation Company’.

A timeless painting to give you pleasure every time you see it upon your wall.

A painting which hangs comfortably with the finest collections.

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Many distinguished people and renowned companies have chosen Frickers paintings as you can discover by reading my illustrated résumée.

B I Sunday, a unique event with the story of the development of this fine painting from a faded old photograph, tells of  the entire port with every berth taken by ships of the same company, the British India Steam Navigation Company.

Further reading:

Background history, images and the development of this painting below and via this link.

This is a very unusual page allows you to see the steady progress from modest beginning of this impressive painting, explore, enjoy “B I Sunday” and the other British India Steam Navigation Company ship paintings on this web site.

Painting, a year in production

This fine marine painting, oils on canvas, measures a healthy 76 x 121 cm (30″ x 48″).

Commissioned by the son of a B I Captain, it was developed from 2 not very promising, rather dull but never the less historic photos taken on the day and as usual a lot of ‘ferreting’ in archives and with specialists.

Our scene is set on the 16th September 1951, Kilindini Port, Mombasa, Kenya, East Africa.

'Kenya', maiden arrival, BI I Sunday
‘Kenya’, maiden arrival, B I Sunday
'Kenya', maiden arrival, BI I Sunday, detail 1
‘Kenya’, maiden arrival, BI I Sunday, detail 1

Kenya‘ served the British India Steam Navigation Company faithfully for many years.

Kenya was the very successful Sister to the more famous ‘Uganda‘.

The two sister ships differed slightly, the most obvious difference was, following experience with ‘Kenya‘, ‘Uganda‘ was given a noticeably larger funnel.

Uganda served the same route as Kenya before she became an school educational cruise ship operated in the Mediterranean and eventually the Falklands war Hospital ship after which she was laid up at Falmouth, Cornwall then sold for breaking.

'Kenya', maiden arrival, BI I Sunday, detail 2
‘Kenya’, maiden arrival, BI I Sunday, detail 2
B I Sunday 15.08.16
B I Sunday 15.08.16

from from first research to completed.

There is more than a stroke of “luck” in Mr Frickers brush !!

John Leeson.

B I Sunday (2) detail 2 15.08.16
B I Sunday (3) detail 2 15.08.16

I think and feel that yet again our patience and the last 1/2 % of effort, refining outlines and details, highlighting dried colours and so on, made a significant difference.

B I Sunday (2) detail 3 15.08.16
B I Sunday (4) detail 3 15.08.16

“Kenya”, maiden arrival, Mombasa.

B I Sunday painting good painting takes time and great painting takes longer.

B I Sunday (2) detail 4 15.08.16
B I Sunday (5) detail 4 15.08.16

Our choice of subject here will never be ‘dramatic’ however the painting is impressive and the more one looks at it the more amazing it seems, light, colour, textures, movement, the balance of illusion of details, even down to the engine and trucks and little yellow ‘Scammel Horse’ on the wharf.

B I Sunday (2) detail 5 15.08.16
B I Sunday (6) detail 5 15.08.16

You will probably be seeing the detail images larger than life and as always with the Internet, the colours you see will depend on your screen.

B I Sunday (2) detail 6 15.08.16
B I Sunday (2) detail 6 15.08.16

If you like the painting as see here, you will assuredly find the original has much more ‘presence’; enjoy.

B I Sunday (2) detail 7 15.08.16
B I Sunday (7) detail 7 15.08.16
B I Sunday (2) detail 1 15.08.16
B I Sunday (8) detail 1 15.08.16

The British India Steam Navigation Company 

B I Sunday (detail 1) 10.04.16
B I Sunday (detail 8) 10.04.16
B I Sunday (detail 2) 10.04.16
B I Sunday (detail 2) 10.04.16
B I Sunday (detail 3) 10.04.16
B I Sunday (detail 3) 10.04.16
B I Sunday (detail 4) 10.04.16
B I Sunday (detail 4) 10.04.16
B I Sunday (detail 5) 10.04.16
B I Sunday (detail 5) 10.04.16
B I Sunday (detail 6) 10.04.16
B I Sunday (detail 6) 10.04.16

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B I Sunday progress (3) 05.04.16
B I Sunday, progress (3) 05.04.16

Kilindini port, Mombasa, Kenya

16th September 1951 the Kilindini Port, Mombasa, Kenya.

On the East Africa coast today still often full with ships although not of the same company.

A case for celebration by the crews that day and remembered further afield.

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B I Sunday” has probably uniquely, all wharves were occupied by ships of the same company, The British India Steam Navigation Company.

The British India Steam Navigation Company founded in 1858 to become the largest shipping company in the world.

A much loved company, by officers, crews, shipping agents and passengers, still fondly remembered.

Historical reconstruction 

is a specialty of mine.

The sketches  attached here, 7 and 8 b represent a lot a combined effort, of thought, analysis, some detective work and insight and part of the long voyage to completion. 

Historical inaccuracy abounds; paintings here are as one of my followers put it, “you get an intimate front row seat to history” and is in most instances, as near truth and as near ‘documentary’, as meticulous, diligent research and real artistry can get.

B I Sunday Sketch 7
B I Sunday Sketch 7

A rare experience, seeing the development of a complex marine painting.

B I Sunday sketch 8 b
B I Sunday sketch 8 b

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Many good people helped with the research for this complex painting, my sincere thanks to you all.

Outstanding among them were John Leeson and in Kenya, Abdul Rahim Abubakar

Other sources

The P & O archive.

The Admiralty Hydrographic Office, Taunton (charts)

“Merchant Fleets, British India S.N.Co” by Duncan Haws (1987), ISBN 0 946378 07 X

“B. I. The British India Steam Navigation Company Limited” by W.A. Laxon & F. W. Perry (1994), ISBN  0 905617 65 7

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