Portsmouth Harbour circa early 19th century and a Melee of Coal and Wind Driven Ships by Dennis Melling
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Portsmouth Harbour circa early 19th century and a Melee of Coal and Wind Driven Ships by 


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A digital painting, using landscape2 in DAP, of a melee of coal and wind driven boats and ships in the early morning, circa early 19th century.

Source of original out of copyright black & white image: The Ports, Harbours, Watering Places and Picturesque Scenery of Great Britain 1840 by William Finden
The picture makes clear the pollution that is released into the atmosphere (and breathed by the population) when coal is burned.
The burning of coal releases not only energy to power transport and factories but also large quantities of smoke, soot and acidic vapours. Bituminous coal contains a large proportion of impurities. On average 20% of it’s weight consists of sulphur, volatile hydrocarbons and other chemicals.
Of course without coal there would never have been an Industrial Revolution and we would still be crossing the oceans in sailing ships…………..

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Comments

  • Samohsong
    Samohsongover 2 years ago

    Nice painting Dennis! Ah a pity we are so “advanced now” fracking for oil and clear cutting forests and blowing up mountains for our need for fossil energy. Sail on! ~Sam

  • I wish I could spend another year sailing (no engine or electrics) around the Caribbean for a whole year :):)
    Wonderful:)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 2 years ago

    Great work

  • Thank you very much Joy :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • MoreKeala
    MoreKeala3 months ago


    This is excellent work! :)

  • Thank you Leigh

    – Dennis Melling

  • Keala
    Keala3 months ago


    Featured 1/24/15

  • Thank you very much Leigh

    – Dennis Melling

  • PhotosByHealy
    PhotosByHealy3 months ago

    Congratulations, Dennis, on your feature today in the group Historic Sites. Well deserved.

    - Gene

  • Thank you very much Gene

    – Dennis Melling

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