Penlee Lifeboat


This is a vibrant painting of the Penlee Lifeboat as it leaves Newlyn Harbour to go out to sea. The Penlee lifeboat station provides a 24 hour lifesaving service for those in danger on the water but it is known and remembered by many for the terrible tragedy that occurred in 1981.

The lifeboat went to the aid of the Union Star after its engines failed in heavy seas. After the lifeboat managed to rescue four people, both vessels were lost with all hands – sixteen people died including eight volunteer lifeboat men.

On the day that inspired this painting the sea was a flat calm, the sun was shining and the lifeboat was heading out on an exercise. As it rounded the entrance to the harbour, it started to pick up speed and the bow lifted up, raring to go.

This high quality giclee print is mounted and will fit a ready made frame.

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Artist: Shirley Netherton

Product Reference No: A-22192

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Dimensions 35.7 x 25.5 cm
(Width x Depth x Height)

Shirley Netherton

I am a Cornish artist who has spent many years developing my unique style of painting with acrylics so that today my work is instantly recognisable. I feel lucky that the hobbies which I enjoy in my free time contribute towards my intense enthusiasm for painting. The photographs I take whilst walking and kayaking become the reference material for my work. I am so fortunate to live in such a beautiful county, surrounded by the sea with so many inland waterways - truly inspirational.

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