* artist's note
This series of pen and ink sketches were started in the late 1980's after numerous visits to dockyards, museum ships, art galleries, sailing on old replicas,
tallship races, regattas, many many museums, crewing on square riggers, dockyard models and even graceful ships in bottles.
They act as my visual shorthand notes, hints and general remarks about the standard rig and look of a vessel
and are used in preparation for my oil paintings and therefore not to be treated as exact dockyard plans or 'as built'.
I have been very lucky in meeting with, drinking with and learning from those who knowledge is far wider and deeper than mine,
from authors, historians, ship builders, riggers, sailors, model makers, museum directors, curators, many Captains, Admirals and the odd First Lord's of the Sea.
Thanks to them for their time, humour and exhaustive patience...to one and all i owe a huge debt of gratitude.
my go-to standard references are always
original sources, Admiralty plans, and my knackered copies of David Steel, James Lees, Lever, Biddlecombe, RC Anderson and Underhill