Henry Scott, The clipper ship Ben Nevis 01 Classic Works of Art, Marine Paintings – With Footnotes, #165

Henry Scott, (British, 1911-2005)
The clipper ship Ben Nevis in heavy seas
Oil on canvas
14 x 20in (35.6 x 50.8cm)
Private collection

The Ben Nevis was an iron fullrigged ship built in 1868 by Barclay, Curle & Co., Glasgow. Dimensions 218’0″×34’6″×21’0″ and 1109 GRT, 1061 NRT and 999 tons under deck. The forecastle was 36 feet long and the poop 46 feet.

The Ben Nevis, built in 1868, was one of the new clippers at the time which were much faster than older ships.  “The clippers were large and speedy three-decked ships with tall, raked masts and slender, fine hulls with a large freeboard area that enabled them to plough through heavy seas when other ships were forced to heave to.” 

It was set on fire and abandoned in the Atlantic after having been dis-masted. The crew was taken off by the steam ship Dungeness and landed at Penzance.

Henry Scott (British, 1911–2005)  was a British painter known for portraying historic British and American Clipper ships in full sail. Born in 1911 in the United Kingdom, Scott quickly became acquainted with several sea captains through his quest to accurately depict ships at sea. He focused particularly on the atmosphere evoked by the ocean and the movement of the vessels, giving his paintings an overall dynamic and realistic effect. Scott was also made an honorary member of the International Association of Master Mariners, the title a token of respect for his passion for nautical history. He died in 2005 at the age of 89 in the United Kingdom. More on Henry Scott

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I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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