Uganda, Falmouth, further reading

Uganda, hospital ship,  entering Falmouth after the Falkland’s War, to lay up.

Uganda
Uganda at Falmouth

A marine painting by Gordon Frickers, this marine painting measures 50 x 76 cm (20″ x 30″), oils, Original Sold

Uganda” hospital ship, after the Falkland’s War.

In her career she was a liner sister to the ‘Kenya’, running Tilbury [London] to East Africa and then a very popular ‘school ship’ in the Mediterranean Sea.

 

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Uganda, the Royal Marines called her “The Big White Whale”, was the very last ship to carry ‘British India’ fleet colours although by then the ship was managed by P & O [Peninsular and Orient Lines] which had merged with B I.

 

Uganda was the last of what was at one time the largest merchant ship fleet in the world and her final assignment was as hospital ship during the Falklands war.

 

I painted Uganda after seeing Uganda at Falmouth and King Harry’s Ferry Reach on the river Fal, from photographs provided by the World Ship Society, Falmouth Branch, and from location sketches of Falmouth harbour, a location the I know well having lived and worked there for 5 + happy years .

 

I chose to show Uganda, Falmouth as she is being manoeuvred into the docks by the local tugs; tugs which during my ‘press photographer’ days, I sailed on several times.

She was flying flag “G” so I showed that although it surprised me.

 

Years later I was phoned one evening by the gentleman who had bought the painting.

He said a dinner guest of his, a P & O captain and no less, was querying the flag as incorrect.

He said he’d said, “if Gordon painted it that way I’m sure that is how it was”.

The captain rightly insisted it was wrong, so evening or not, I was phoned.

This flag, ‘G’, International code, meansI require a pilot“.

When assured that was what happened and the painting was correct, the reply came, back, “Some body at P&O is going to get a Bo**ocking!”

The flag should have been ‘H’, “I have a pilot” …

 

Uganda at Falmouth, detail 2

 

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Later “Uganda” was laid up near King Harry’s Ferry on the beautiful clam river Fal.

Eventually she was sold, re named ‘Triton‘ and sailed to a scrap yard.

 

I painted this picture after seeing Uganda at Falmouth and King Harry’s Ferry Reach on the river Fa

I worked from the experience, from photographs provided by the World Ship Society, Falmouth Branch, and from location sketches I’d made of Falmouth harbour, a location the I know well having lived and worked there for 5 + happy years.

 

Sketch of Uganda
5 of 5 sketches of Uganda laying up after the Falklands War.

 

I know know Falmouth very well and is well known there having lived and sailed there, worked as a press photographer (Packet Newspaper group), studied at Fal Tech and was head hunted into the Marine industry; a great adventure, a fun part of his miss-spent youth.

 

See the BI web site or the P&O archives for more information.

 

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