On the 19th of December, 1981, the coaster; Union Star, laden with agricultural fertiliser was enroute from Holland to Ireland. Just a few miles from Cornwalls rocky coast she encountered a force twelve storm, and the eighteen metre high waves swamped the vessels main engines rendering the vessel without power. With the huge waves driving the helpless coaster towards cornwalls treacherous rocks, a mayday was sent to penlees RNLI, and the Solomon Browne lifeboat was launched with a crew of eight to rescue the crew. The lives of everyone on board the Union Star, and the Solomon Browne were lost that night.
My painting of that fateful night depicts the courage of those who risk their lives without fear of their own to save others.
Having been recently contacted by the Honorary secretary of the Penlee RNLI, I am now proud and at liberty to announce the painting has been accepted and will soon be on its way to Penlee.