WHITE STAR LINER CELTIC NR PLYMOUTH. Watercolour by NORMAN WILKINSON R.I.

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WHITE STAR LINER 'CELTIC' NR PLYMOUTH. Watercolour by NORMAN WILKINSON. Well executed watercolour by one of the leading marine and poster artists of the 20th century. Signed by the artist. Almost certainly the White Star liner Celtic (in service 1901-1928). This was Titanic's line. RMS Celtic was an ocean liner owned by the White Star Line. The first ship larger than the SS Great Eastern in gross tonnage (it was also 9 feet longer), Celtic was the first of a quartet of ships over 20,000 tons, dubbed 'The Big Four'. Celtic was launched on 4 April 1901 from the Harland and Wolff shipyards in Belfast, and set off on her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York on 26 July. At the beginning of the First World War, Celtic was converted into an armed merchant cruiser however, since the vessel had a high fuel consumption it was decided to convert her into a troop ship in January 1916, and used to carry soldiers to Egypt. She was put back on the transatlantic route in March. In 1917, Celtic struck a mine off the Isle of Man. Seventeen people on board were killed, but the Celtic survived. A number of passengers were rescued by the London and North Western Railway ship Slieve Bawn. Celtic was towed to Peel Bay and repaired in Belfast. In March 1918, U-Boat UB-77 torpedoed Celtic in the Irish Sea. Six people on board were killed, but again Celtic remained afloat, eventually the damaged vessel was towed to Liverpool and repaired again. After the war, Celtic was involved in two collisions. The first incident occurred in 1925 while in the Mersey, when she accidentally rammed the Coast Line’s ship Hampshire Coast. Both vessels suffered only minor damage. The second collision took place in 1927, when Celtic was rammed in thick fog by the American Diamond Lines' Anaconda off Fire Island. Early on 10 December 1928, Celtic became stranded on the Cow and Calf rocks, adjacent to Roches Point as she approached Cobh with more than 200 passengers aboard. The Ballycotton Lifeboat T.P.Hearne 2, along with tugs, a destroyer and local life-saving teams, arrived. Tenders from Cobh disembarked the passengers. Seven thousand tons of cargo were scattered. This time the ship could not be moved or salvaged, and was abandoned to the insurance company who declared the ship to be a total loss. Celtic was completely dismantled for scrap by 1933. One detail is the blue ensign flying from the stern which would indicate the Captain was in the Royal Naval Reserve. Artwork Size: 305 x 490mm. Overall size: 590 x 405mm. Unframed. Label verso: Rembrandt Gallery, London & Liverpool. Very good condition. PRICE INCLUDES DELIVERY TO UK DESTINATIONS. Please contact us if you require further information on this item.
WHITE STAR LINER CELTIC NR PLYMOUTH. Watercolour by NORMAN WILKINSON  R.I.
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