Oil Painting Ocean Passenger Liner Ship Gunung Djati By Aden Port Yemen
Experience a majestic realism ocean voyage with this British Oil Painting of the Passenger Liner Ship Gunung Djati By Aden Port Yemen! Capturing a moment of beauty, this vibrant painting is sure to enchant and transport you to the days of maritime exploration. Get ready to set sail!
- Subject side profile view of the Ocean passenger liner ship Gunung Djati, steaming along such a beautiful seascape view of the ship as it nears port with the iconic views of Aden port in Yeman, mountains in the background with buildings on the shoreline, which is so impressive. Smoke coming out of the ships blue funnels with Union Jack Ensign flag shown on red background on the aft. Also at the bow you can see the name of the ship. Superb attention to detail showing rigging lines and life boats shown also another ensign flag flying high near the bow section. A tug boat is by her side with a warning buoy near by, with a pilot green boat in the foreground. On calm deep blue tropical seas with blue sky above with scattered light clouds.
- Title "Blue Funnel's Gunung Djati at Aden".
- A nice size with the frame being 49 cm wide and 39 cm high.
- Medium oil on canvas.
- Signed by the known British artist Les Cowle.
- Provenance label verso.
- A fine rare example of his work.
- Cowle was born in Glasgow, he joined the Merchant Navy in 1950s as marine engineer. Sailed Blue Funnel, Brocklebanks, Ellerman Papayannis, Canadian Pacific. 2nd & chief engineer steamships and motorships: USA, India, Middle East, Burma, Ceylon.He grew up in Birkenhead, Merseyside. Served apprenticeship with Alfred Holt as marine engineer. On completion joined sea staff as 5th on Euryades 1952. He painted calendars, greetings cards, Xmas cards for the Blue Funnel Assoc
- Ref sources redbubble/people/LesCowleArt also sunderlandships/view.php?ref=101571. The artist has had one of his others works sell at Christies in 2002.
- Set in a later contemporary frame.
- Circa late 20th century.
- Ship biography. Gunung Djati started out as the TS Pretoria was a ship that had a long and varied career as first a German cargo liner, then a U-boat depot ship, hospital ship, British troop ship, Muslim pilgrim ship and finally an Indonesian naval accommodation ship.
- The ship was 547 ft 8 in (166.93 m) long, with a beam of 72 ft 5 in (22.07 m). She had a depth of 31 ft 5 in (9.58 m), with a draught of 26 ft (7.9 m). As built, she was assessed at 17,362 GRT. Following her 1958 refit, she was assessed as 17,891 GRT. as built, the ship was powered by six steam turbines, rated at a total of 14,000 shp. These were fed by a number of small, high-pressure Benson boilers. The turbines drove twin screw propellers and could propel the ship at 18 knots (33 km/h). In 1949, the Benson boilers were replaced by convention boilers, made by Foster Wheeler, operating at 500 pounds per square inch (34 bar). In 1973, she was re-engined, being fitted with a diesel engine.
- As built, the ship had accommodation for 152 first class and 338 second class passengers. In 1949, she was converted to a troopship, with accommodation for 1,491 troops. In 1959, she was refitted to carry 106 first class and 2,000 pilgrim class passengers. TS Pretoria (1936–45).TS Gunung Djati (1959–73).MV Gunung Djati (1973–80)
Was built at yard number 536 by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg, Germany]She was launched on 16 July 1936
In November 1939, she was requisitioned by the Kriegsmarine and used as a U-boat depot ship. Initially based at Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, she served the 1st U-boat Flotilla, based at Neustadt, Hamburg, from January 1940. In December she was transferred to 21st U-boat Flotilla, based at Pillau, East Prussia. In 1945, she was converted to a hospital ship. Assisted in the evacuation of German civilians from the Eastern Territories towards the end of the war. In May 1945 she was in Copenhagen when Denmark was liberated, and UK forces captured her as a prize of war
- In 1958 she was chartered to the Pan-Islamic Steam Ship Co of Karachi, Pakistan who used her to carry Muslim pilgrims. Alfred Holt & Co bought her in November of that year and renamed her Gunung Djati after the 16th century Javanese Wali Sanga Sunan Gunungjati. She was placed her under the management of Ocean Steam Ship Co, Liverpool, Lancashire. Gunung Djati was refitted by Barclay Curle & Co Ltd in Glasgow, Scotland.The refit increased her displacement to 17,851 GRT. She was fitted with a mosque and was fitted with indicator which would point towards Mecca. On 7 March 1959, she sailed for Djakarta, Indonesia. She could carry 106 first class passengers and 2,000 pilgrim class passengers.
- In 1962 the Indonesian government bought Gunung Djati, transferred her to the Indonesian flag and continued to operate her as a pilgrim ship. In 1964 P.T. Maskapai Pelajaran "Sang Saka" of Djakarta bought her and continued to operate her in the same service. She was sold to Perusahaan Pelajaran Arafat, Djakarta. In 1973 her boilers and steam turbines were replaced with diesel engines and in 1975 she was refitted in Hong Kong.
- In 1979, the Indonesian Government bought Gunung Djati back, renamed her KRI Tanjung Pandan, with the pennant number 971. She was used by the Indonesian Navy as a troopship until 1981, and then as an accommodation ship. She had ceased to serve in this role by 1984. Tanjung Pandan was sold in 1987 to Taiwan for scrapping.
- Aden (UK: /ˈeɪdən/ AY-dən, US: /ˈɑːdɛn/ AH-den; Arabic: عدن ʿAdin/ʿAdan Yemeni: [ˈʕæden, ˈʕædæn]) is a city, and since 2015, the temporary capital of Yemen, near the eastern approach to the Red Sea (the Gulf of Aden), some 170 km (110 mi) east of the strait Bab-el-Mandeb. Its population is approximately 800,000 people. Aden's natural harbour lies in the crater of a dormant volcano, which now forms a peninsula joined to the mainland by a low isthmus. Aden gets its name from the Gulf of Aden.Ref sources wikipedia.
- Such a delightful scene to the eye.
- Highly sought after due to the collectible nature of the marine subject matter.
- With hanging thread on the back ready for immediate home wall display.
- Incredible conversation piece for your guests.
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- Condition report.
- Offered in fine used condition.
- Front painting surface in good overall order. Having some minor stains foxing & craquelure to the canvas surface in some areas. The frame is in good order having general wear & some scratches commensurate with usage.
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Dimensions in centimetres of the frame approximate
High (39 cm)
Wide (49 cm)
Depth thickness of frame (2.5 cm)