Tall Ships Races


This Gourock maritime scene depicts Tall Ship Kruzenshtern, maxi yacht Drum and other craft sailing the River Clyde in Gourock during the Tall Ships Races in 1999.

The 29″ x 23.25″ giclée prints are signed by Michael and the 12″ x 10″ giclée prints come with a certificate of authenticity signed by Michael.


Michael was looking for a good vantage point to view the Tall Ships sailing the River Clyde, and had to look no further than Gourock town, with its panoramic view of the Clyde. There was a mixture of large and small sailing craft on the water, including Drum – the tallest yacht on the Clyde, owned by the late Sir Arnold Clark and previously owned by Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran. However, all craft were dwarfed by the Russian four-masted barque Kruzenshtern – the second largest sailing ship in the world.

It was a fine day for a sail, with Drum on the right side of the composition giving balance. The small speed boat crossing the bow of the Russian ship, disturbing the reflections and adding interest. The orange sails of the ship in the middle of the scene provided contrast between the deep blue of the water and the white of the sails and clouds. It’s one of Michael’s favourite maritime works.

The original painting was purchased by the then owner of Drum – Sir Arnold Clark.

Another painting of the Tall Ship Races in 1999 is Tall Ships – Victoria Harbour. While Drum is featured in Gourock based coastal scene Ashton Shore.

Other maritime works you may like are QE2 – 40th Anniversary Cruise and Royal Yacht Britannia.

Additional information


12" x 10" Print (Framed) – Image: 8.5" x 6.5", 12" x 10" Print (Mounted) – Image: 8.5" x 6.5", 29" x 23.25" Print (Mounted), A6 Cards (1), A6 Cards (5), 21.25" x 15" Print (Unmounted), 29.25" x 23.5" Print (Mounted) – Image: 21.25" x 15"


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