Alan Villiers, in his book Falmouth for Orders, commented on an impromptu race between two 4-masted barques – the Swedish Beatrice and the Finnish Herzogin Cecilie, sailing between Melbourne and Port Lincoln.

‘If a passenger ship had been in the vicinity of Cape Otway on the morning of 17 December 1927, her passengers would have seen the sight of their lives; two great 4-masted barques, relics of an age that has passed forever, racing under all sail to a stiff breeze. Both in ballast and high out of the water, it would have been extraordinary to see two sailing ships a mile or two apart, presenting a sight that only a sailing ship can present and no one was there to see it.’

This last statement prompted me to put this happening on canvas.

I have met many who sailed in Herzogin Cecilie but only one who sailed in Beatrice – Henry Nicholson, seaman, later to become a master mariner. The master of Herzogin Cecilie on this voyage was Captain Ruben de Cloux; the master of Beatrice was Captain Harald Bruce. They became friends in Melbourne where their ships discharged their cargoes and on learning they would both be loading grain at Port Lincoln for Falmouth, decided to make a race of it, i.e. based on passage times. They both sailed on 19 January 1928. Herzogin Cecilie headed for Cape Horn and Beatrice headed for the Cape of Good Hope.

Herzogin Cecilie arrived at Falmouth after a fast trip of 96 days, beating Beatrice by 18 days.

Beatrice was broken up in 1932; Herzogin Cecilie sailed in the grain trade until 1936, when she ran aground in Salcombe Bay, Devon. She was unable to be re-floated and any useable gear was stripped from her hull and returned to Finland.. Her figurehead now resides in the Alands Sjofartsmuseum in Mariehamn.

Fine quality giclée print using lightfast ink on Canson ‘Aquarelle Rag’ 240 gsm art paper.

Overall:  29.7 x 42 (cm)  /  11.7 x 16.5 (in)
Image size:  19.8 x 30 (cm)  /  7.8 x 11.8 (in)

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Alan Villiers, in his book Falmouth for Orders, commented on an impromptu race between two 4-masted barques – the Swedish Beatrice and the Finnish Herzogin Cecilie, sailing between Melbourne and Port Lincoln.

‘If a passenger ship had been in the vicinity of Cape Otway on the morning of 17 December 1927, her passengers would have seen the sight of their lives; two great 4-masted barques, relics of an age that has passed forever, racing under all sail to a stiff breeze. Both in ballast and high out of the water, it would have been extraordinary to see two sailing ships a mile or two apart, presenting a sight that only a sailing ship can present and no one was there to see it.’

This last statement prompted me to put this happening on canvas.

I have met many who sailed in Herzogin Cecilie but only one who sailed in Beatrice – Henry Nicholson, seaman, later to become a master mariner. The master of Herzogin Cecilie on this voyage was Captain Ruben de Cloux; the master of Beatrice was Captain Harald Bruce. They became friends in Melbourne where their ships discharged their cargoes and on learning they would both be loading grain at Port Lincoln for Falmouth, decided to make a race of it, i.e. based on passage times. They both sailed on 19 January 1928. Herzogin Cecilie headed for Cape Horn and Beatrice headed for the Cape of Good Hope.

Herzogin Cecilie arrived at Falmouth after a fast trip of 96 days, beating Beatrice by 18 days.

Beatrice was broken up in 1932; Herzogin Cecilie sailed in the grain trade until 1936, when she ran aground in Salcombe Bay, Devon. She was unable to be re-floated and any useable gear was stripped from her hull and returned to Finland.. Her figurehead now resides in the Alands Sjofartsmuseum in Mariehamn.

Fine quality giclée print using lightfast ink on Canson ‘Aquarelle Rag’ 240 gsm art paper.

Overall:  29.7 x 42 (cm)  /  11.7 x 16.5 (in)
Image size:  19.8 x 30 (cm)  /  7.8 x 11.8 (in)

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Alan Villiers, in his book Falmouth for Orders, commented on an impromptu race between two 4-masted barques – the Swedish Beatrice and the Finnish Herzogin Cecilie, sailing between Melbourne and Port Lincoln.

‘If a passenger ship had been in the vicinity of Cape Otway on the morning of 17 December 1927, her passengers would have seen the sight of their lives; two great 4-masted barques, relics of an age that has passed forever, racing under all sail to a stiff breeze. Both in ballast and high out of the water, it would have been extraordinary to see two sailing ships a mile or two apart, presenting a sight that only a sailing ship can present and no one was there to see it.’

This last statement prompted me to put this happening on canvas.

I have met many who sailed in Herzogin Cecilie but only one who sailed in Beatrice – Henry Nicholson, seaman, later to become a master mariner. The master of Herzogin Cecilie on this voyage was Captain Ruben de Cloux; the master of Beatrice was Captain Harald Bruce. They became friends in Melbourne where their ships discharged their cargoes and on learning they would both be loading grain at Port Lincoln for Falmouth, decided to make a race of it, i.e. based on passage times. They both sailed on 19 January 1928. Herzogin Cecilie headed for Cape Horn and Beatrice headed for the Cape of Good Hope.

Herzogin Cecilie arrived at Falmouth after a fast trip of 96 days, beating Beatrice by 18 days.

Beatrice was broken up in 1932; Herzogin Cecilie sailed in the grain trade until 1936, when she ran aground in Salcombe Bay, Devon. She was unable to be re-floated and any useable gear was stripped from her hull and returned to Finland.. Her figurehead now resides in the Alands Sjofartsmuseum in Mariehamn.

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Fine quality giclée print using lightfast ink on Canson ‘Aquarelle Rag’ 240 gsm art paper.

Overall:  29.7 x 42 (cm)  /  11.7 x 16.5 (in)
Image size:  19.8 x 30 (cm)  /  7.8 x 11.8 (in)

Shipping:  We ship to Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the USA for orders via the shopping cart. For other destinations please contact us for a shipping quote.

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$54 AUD (includes shipping)

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