Sailing Ship Makes for Harbour before the Approaching Storm by Dennis Melling

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My original pencil drawing enhanced by Gimp.

Castle Cornet was originally built in the 13th century and withstood many major wars which involved repairs and modifications throughout it’s history.

My original pencil drawing

In 1672 gunpowder kept in the Donjon exploded during a thunderstorm. The explosion killed seven people including the young wife and the mother of the Governor, Lord Hatton. It destroyed the Tower, Chapel and Governor`s residences, greatly altering the appearance of the Castle and from that time, no Governor has lived here. Many artefacts were buried in the rubble of the explosion, some of which are on display in the ‘Story of Castle Cornet’ Museum. A facsimile of part of Lady Cecilia Hatton’s will, the wife of the Governor, is also exhibited. Poignantly, it was written in Castle Cornet only six months before she died and her bequests reveal a gentle, caring nature.

The last time that the castle was modified was during the German occupation in WW2, when it was called the ‘Hafenschlosss’ (harbour Castle) from 1940 until 1945. The occupying forces built air raid shelters and platforms for anti aircraft guns to update the Castle for 20th century warfare


sailing ship, wooden ship, seascape, castle cornet, storm, guernsey

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  • dales1
    dales1almost 3 years ago

    What a wonderful piece of art. So well done.

  • Thank you Dale :)
    Much appreciated

    – Dennis Melling

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeealmost 3 years ago

  • Many thanks Robyn :)
    Yellow again – a very popular colour :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Samohsong
    Samohsongalmost 3 years ago

    Congratulations Dennis! Very nice work! ~Sam

  • Thank you Sam :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • LordTemplar
    LordTemplaralmost 3 years ago

    Cool! Congratulations on being featured.

  • Thank you very much Christopher :)
    Your support is very much appreciated

    – Dennis Melling

  • billfox256
    billfox256almost 3 years ago

    A very tremendous creation!!!! Congratulations on being featured!!!! Bill

  • Thank you very much Bill :)
    Your comments are always welcome

    – Dennis Melling

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithalmost 3 years ago

    Fantastic work,….

  • Thank you John :)
    I really appreciate your support

    – Dennis Melling

  • Lanis Rossi
    Lanis Rossialmost 3 years ago

  • Another Awesome comment Lanis :)
    Much appreciated

    – Dennis Melling

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 3 years ago

    wonderful . . .

  • Thank you Lorilee :)
    best wishes

    – Dennis Melling

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