A commissioned work by the Elder Dempster Shipping Line of contemporary marine master John Stobart, the artist sets the stage in a dramatic elevated panoramic observation of the capital city of the Spanish Canary Islands off the northwest coast of Africa. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria serves as the island’s largest port and city, and as the first of the Line’s stops en route from Liverpool to Ghana and Nigeria.
The palm trees provide a sense of the relaxed vacation atmosphere the destination held and proudly continues. Bright tropical coloration and the constructed anchorages and long passenger liner pier in the busy Porto de la Luz harbor is contrasted with the volcanic cone of the ridge above the city, creating the highest elevation in the island chain. The beautiful beaches are a top draw with British citizens, and the city holds several museums, including one dedicated to Christopher Columbus, who stopped here on his first voyage to what would become the American continents.
The Liverpool company’s interests in West Africa began in the mid-19TH Century, and the Line formally took its name in 1899. The post-world war boom of the 1960s saw their most prosperous moments, and ACCRA was their star liner. The third ship to carry the name, she was built in 1947 by Vickers, Armstrong with a 471 foot length that would accommodate 297 first class passengers, as well as 24 tourists class and 145 deck-class. Stobart here shows her strength, as well as his at being one of the best painters of artistic harbor views.
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