Frame Size: 30" x 43"
Size: 26" x 39"

"Sobraon" SOLD

by David Brackman (1932-2008)

Oil on canvas

Signed lower right "David Brackman,  77"

Description:  The Blackwell passenger Ship Sobraon was described as one of the finest sailing ships ever built; not only one of the fastest but by far the largest ship to be composite built (of iron frames and teak planking). Sabraon was a very popular passenger ship because of her speed and comfort.
The crew consisted of a captain, 4 officers, 8 apprentices, carpenter, sail maker, boatswain, engineer, 2 boatswain's mates, 26 able-bodied seamen, 4 ordinary seamen, 2 boys, 16 stewards and 2 stewardesses.
Sobraon traded between London and Sydney (her route between 1866 - 1871) then later Melbourne (route from 1872 - 1891), carrying ninety first class and forty second class passengers, plus crew, and sailing once a year leaving in September for the best weather. Her fastest trip to Sydney was 73 days, to Melbourne in 68 days. Among the dignitaries who traveled on her where Lord& Lady Belmore on their way to assume the Governorship of New South Wales and Mr Ducane, the Governor of Tasmania. The Duke of Edinburgh had her made the flagship at the Sydney Regatta and was entertained on board.
In 1911 she became a training ship for boys run by the federal government. She was commissioned as HMAS Tringia on April 25, 1912. Decommissioned June 30, 1927. Then laid up at Kerosene Bay, Sydney, and eventually broken up after World War II.

Artist Profile: David Brackman was born in London in 1932. His works are considered some of the finest marine paintings today.
His love of the sea began after being evacuated to England's East Coast during WW II.
He began as a model-maker and received numerous awards for his highly detailed work. The family business needed him and he was forced to leave the career making fine ship models.Yet he kept sailing and sketching marine scenes.
When his family commitments allowed, he spent several years sailing his yacht "Panache" around Britain, Europe, and the Mediterranean. 
He drew upon his vast experience on the water, and knowledge of ships and sailing, and began a very successful career as a marine artist.
At his first exhibition, a noted West End Gallery sold four of his works the first day.
Brackman's work is in the possession of the Royal Family and some of the finest private collections, museums and boardrooms in the world.

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