Print of 'Roughers off Port Stanley - 1982' by Adrian Thompson

Artist Adrian Thompson at signing
Artist Adrian Thompson at signing

Print of 'Roughers off Port Stanley - 1982' by Adrian Thompson

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This painting by marine artist Adrian Thompson shows two of the five Hull trawlers that were converted at Rosyth to sweep mines in the South Atlantic during the Falklands conflict in 1982.  Manned by the Royal Navy, mainly from crews from 'Ton' Class minesweepers and hunters in maintenance, these brave little ships performed many tasks in support of operations before clearing the Argentine minefields off Port Stanley.

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The scene depicted uses as its reference a photograph taken between minesweeping operations after the cessation of hostilities 14 June 1982 by Mick Atkinson, one of the two hard working radio operators onboard HMS Pict, Note the 'tin gear' slung on the stern of the ships and Junella's 'Jumbo' float.  It shows a ‘typical day in the office’ whereby the ships would come together to collect their messages in turn by heaving line from the duty communications ship, sometimes twice or even three times during the day. Here, HMS Junella on the left makes an approach on HMS Cordella, dipping her nose into a wave as Cordella slides over the top. Men can be seen working Flag Romeo to bring ships alongside and a lone figure on Junella can just be made out waiting to take Cordella’s heaving line as the wave engulfs him.  Minesweeping was particularly hazardous in sea states such as shown for although the ships were quite comfortable and could sweep the mines in these conditions, it was difficult to spot them floating on the surface once swept such that others following on ran the risk of running into them.

Prints of 'Roughers Off Port Stanley - 1982' (520 mm x 330 mm) have been produced to the highest standard on a Ricoh Pro C9100 Digital Press on high grade, acid free paper. 

- Firstly, a limited edition series of 141 prints, signed and numbered by the artist 1/141 to 141/141 is offered for sale, that number being the entire complement of officers and men of the five ships.  The Souls On Board lists that were sent ashore in the event of loss of any of the ships, taken with the seniority order of the ships, provide each member of the 11th Mine Countermeasures Squadron with his own unique Squadron number.  Each print number thus represents and honours an individual who served in the 11th Mine Countermeasures Squadron for the brief four months of its existence. Those who served in the 11th MCM are invited to use the 'Contact Us' form for details

- Print No. 141 of 141 has gone to former Leading Stores Accountant Andy 'Charlie' Watts who was the last sailor to join the Squadron.  Four ships had already left Rosyth for the South Atlantic and HMS Pict was within one hour of sailing when 'Charlie' was ordered to pack a bag and sent to make himself useful to the five ships.  A skilled professional he had a knack of acquiring essentials from other ships that the Squadron encountered; a side of beef and 30 camp beds from QE2, from various merchant ships and RFAs he borrowed tins of paint to camouflage the ships' white upper works and from other warships, vital lamp bulbs for the Squadron's visual signalling Aldis lamps.  On passage home 'Charlie' visited all five ships to muster stores and raised over £5000 through a darts competition for Guide Dogs for the Blind resulting in a dog called 'Falkland'.  Yes, 'Charlie' made himself useful.

- Available also is an Artist's Proof Edition, limited to 28 prints, this being the average number of Royal Navy personnel on each of the five Hull trawlers.  This edition is signed and numbered individually by the artist and has been endorsed additionally by the Squadron Senior Officer. 

- A Special Edition of 15 prints only has been produced, numbered and signed by the artist and with a larger border, each measuring 556 mm x 330 mm overall in order to accommodate the signatures of the four surviving commanding officers.  

 - A small stock of unsigned and unnumbered prints from the printer's over run are offered at a reduced price. 

All prints can be supplied framed, please use 'Contact Us' for a quotation.

UK postage and packaging charges are included in the prices quoted.  For a tailored overseas quotation (including postage and packaging) prior to committing to an order, please advise which print version you require and your address via the ‘Contact Us’ page. The team will endeavour to provide you with the best cost and time efficient delivery options available.

As an alternative to using Paypal to make your payment, the Charity’s account details are given below, should you wish to effect a direct payment online.  You must still complete the ‘Contact Us’ form so we know to whom and where to send the order.

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