Barrow Boat

Richard Paul

Romsey, United Kingdom

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A while back I went on a trip to Cumbria, and for once turned my back to the beautiful Lake District. Instead, I explored the coast, from Barrow In Furness round to Silverdale in Lancashire. At Barrow, I found several boats stuck in the mud. The oldest was a wooden sailing vessel, but that was on the far side of a mud creek that couldn’t be crossed. Closer to solid ground I found this rusting hulk. I was immediately drawn to the colours and patterns in the rust, and so decided to paint it in oils on board (16 inches wide, 20 inches high).

Just behind this ship I came across a rowing boat half submerged in the mud – another tempting angle to paint. Beyond that, a lifeboat – the enclosed sort you get on oil rigs – looking a little weather beaten, but perfectly intact with seating inside. So to all those people that said ‘why do you want to go to Barrow – its a dump?’ This is my answer – open your eyes and find the hidden beauty. Not only in its wrecks, but also its gas terminal and all the heavy industry.

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