The Tea Clipper Serica, Outward Bound by Mark Myers PPRSMA, Watercolour, 45 x 54 cm - £975
The Serica was one of the fast and beautiful tea clippers, which raced the new season’s teas from China back to the London market. She was designed and built by Robert Steele, and launched at his Greenock shipyard in 1863.
The Serica was the first clipper home during her maiden voyage in 1864, and was part of the famous 1866 race, where the first five ships to sail from China arrived in England almost together, 99 days later.
The ship continued to make good passages for another five years, but her luck ran out in November 1872, when she was wrecked in the China Sea, just a day after sailing from Hong Kong.
Coasters in Lundy Roads by Mark Myers PPRSMA, Watercolour, 45 x 54 cm - £975
The small granite island of Lundy sits foursquare athwart the entrance to the Bristol Channel. Now a favourite retreat of walkers and nature lovers, the island was once a haven for smugglers and pirates, as well as a vital place of shelter for sailing ships in westerly weather.
This painting by Mark Myers PPRSMA shows two small coasters in Lundy Roads on a moonlit night, overlooked by the ancient cliff-top castle.
“Lundy is usually visible on the horizon when we go rowing in the Clovelly pilot gig” says the artist, “and every year when the weather permits, we row the 16 miles of open sea out to the island. This picture was inspired by the return to Lundy in the gig this summer."
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