Scottish Marine Oil Painting RMS King George V 1926 Passenger Turbine Steamer Ship
Enhance your decor with this stunning marine oil painting depicting the RMS King George V 1926 ship, a historic Clyde passenger turbine steamer ship. Hand-painted with meticulous detail in the traditional Scottish style, this piece brings a touch of vintage charm to any room. Perfect for lovers of maritime history and nautical art.
- Make a big statement with this fine maritime work of art for your home or corporate office.
- Oil on board set in a fine decorative original frame, with front glass cover.
- A good proportion sized with the frame being 52 cm wide and 42cm high.
- Title RMS King George V1926 By J C Connochie.
- Circa late 20th century date 1974.
- Name of ship is shown is inscribed bottom left.
- Subject seascape marine view of the known passenger steamer ship RMS King George steaming along towards the left in side profile on the high seas in relative calm waters. You can see the twin tall masts with rigging lines along with many passenger figures on deck, along with black smoke coming out of the the red & black 2 funnels, lifeboats towards the stern along with ensign flags hoisted flying high on top., in the distance over to the rleft you can sight the Clyde estuary shoreline, above with cloudy sky with areas of blue shining through.
- Signed in the bottom corner by the Scottish artist J L Connochie.
- Ship biography TS/RMS King George V (the "KGV") was a pioneering Clyde passenger turbine steamer , built in 1926. She was a popular boat, seeing service to Inveraray and later based in Oban, and withdrawn in 1974.
- King George V was built by Willliam Denny and Brothers for the Turbine Steamers Ltd as a pioneering turbine powered vessel intended for longer routes. She passed to the ownership of David MacBrayne Ltd in October 1935, when plans to rename her were never enacted. Displaced by MV Columba, she was withdrawn from service in 1974. Several attempts were made to preserve her as a floating pub or restaurant, but all failed. King George V was burnt out at Cardiff docks in 1981 and scrapped in 1984.
King George V was novel in design, providing spacious accommodation with an enclosed promenade deck, the saloon extending the full width of the hull and half the length of the vessel. Above this was an observation deck. The restaurant was aft on the main deck, with large observation windows.
- Her machinery was even more innovative. Seven turbines, with two very high pressure boilers, were linked by gears to twin propellers. The boilers had to be replaced after tubes burst. A first incident happened off Irvine at the end of the 1927 season, when two firemen were killed. A second incident was in Kilbrannan Sound, with no loss of life. She was re-boilered in 1929 and again 1935. In 1935, one turbine was removed to simplify the power system and two new, slightly broader funnels were fitted. A main mast was fitted in 1952, radar in 1958 and in 1959, inflatable life rafts replaced two of her lifeboats. She was further modernised in the winter refits of 1960 and 1961. King George V was initially mainly used on the Inverara service but also visited Campbeltown. ]She became a much loved ship. After 1935, she was based in Oban cruising round Mull, to Iona, Staffa and Fort William.
- In World War II, she was requisitioned as a troop carrier, initially based at Southampton. In 1940, she evacuated troops from Rotterdam, Ostend, Calais, Boulogne and famously, Dunkirk, landing 4300 men at Dover. Returning to the Clyde in 1941 for tendering duties, she carried Prime Minister, Winston Churchill to his battleship en route to the Atlantic Conference. After the war, she resumed MacBrayne cruises on the Clyde in 1946, including the summer Ardrishaig mail service. She was back to Oban in 1947 and each summer until withdrawn in 1974. In her final years she also undertook charters, including one to Bangor in Ireland. Tonnage 789 GRT, 320NRT, Length 260.6ft (79.4m), beam 32.1ft (9.8m). draft 7ft (2.1m). Installed power 7 turbines, propulsion twin screw, top speed 16 knots. Fate scrapped in 1984.
- Provenance Label verso & now in the collection of Cheshire Antiques Consultant.
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- Incredible conversation piece for your guests.
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- Condition report.
- Offered in fine used condition.
- Painting surface in overall acceptable condition, having various foxing stains, & also a vertical stain line shows through the middle, the frame is original and has general wear, scuffs, chips, losses and cracking to the frame in places commensurate with usage & age.
- Hanging thread on the back ready for immediate home wall display.
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Dimensions in centimetres of the frame
High (42 cm)
Wide (52 cm)
Depth (3 cm)