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brian daley
11-19-2008, 09:06 AM
Here you are,this is the [place for your scrimshaw,model building ,paintings and other creative pursuits.

captain kong
11-30-2008, 10:06 AM
I do a bit of painting now and again to relax, here are some of them, they are not as good as I wanted them to be but who cares, I do it for me.

11-30-2008, 12:04 PM
Truly talented Captain Kong. Brilliant stuff.:PDT_Piratz_26:

11-30-2008, 12:43 PM
Great paintings, Captain Kong. I'd love to be able to draw or paint, but I can only manage matchstick men and animals. Mine are not quite to Lowry's standard though. :)

captain kong
11-30-2008, 03:16 PM
Thank you gentlemen for those kind comments.
Painting is nothing to do with doing a good one.
I find that it is relaxing instead of watching rubbish on TV or getting drunk again and again.
It is as good as you want it to be. Look at some of the so called great artists, some of them are complete rubbish but some people think they are good, and buy them.
I painted a ship on the QE2 last April and an American woman offered me 50$ for it. I gave it to her for free, If I had sold it, it would be worth 50$, but because I gave it, it is priceless.
Just do it and enjoy it.

11-30-2008, 04:12 PM
One of your paintings is of the "Moshulu".
I was aboard her in Philadelphia in the 1980's when she was being used as a restaurant. She went on fire and was a total loss I believe.

She was also used in the second part of "The Godfather" I think as the ship that carried young Vito to the USA.

Like me she was built on the Clyde.


captain kong
11-30-2008, 05:40 PM
Hi Fred,
The Moshulu was the winner of the last grain race from the Spencer Gulf in South Australia in 1938/9 She was also called Kurt I think. I have a book some where in my collection all about it. The book was written by Eric Newby.
I did the painting out of my head , no copying. but when I finally found a picture of her I saw she had a midships section, known as a `Liverpool house`. the Penang is built the same. my picture does not have the `Liverpool House` as it should have,. Mistake.

12-01-2008, 12:46 AM
Well done Brian, as well as being a marvellous storyteller you are also an artist. When you write your book you will be able to illustrate it as well:handclap:

I remember years ago when I was at sea I bought a book called "How to Draw and Paint Ships". I though it would keep me occupied when we had long spells at sea without any overtime. I know we all know about painting ships as that was part of our job:) but this was painting on card and canvas. I never could get into it though but I still have the book somewhere.

I was on one of Houlders iron ore boats in the late 50's, the Orelia, and there was a young Welsh AB on there who was mustard at painting. He was a bit reclusive and rarely came out of his cabin after work hours as he spent all his time painting. He only used ordinary ships paint which he used to mix to get the colours required. One of his paintings that I remember vividly, because it was so good, was the "Monarch of the Glen". He copied it from a magazine and the detail he put in it was amazing. I often wondered what happened to him as he had missed his way being at sea.


Mark R
12-01-2008, 09:20 AM
Great paintings Captain Kong :handclap:

naked lilac
12-01-2008, 06:51 PM
:handclap:There ya go Capt. Kong.. like someone mentioned above.. Some pics for your memories in a Book... Very nice indeed.. you should be very proud... :PDT_Aliboronz_24:

12-01-2008, 07:25 PM
Fred the fire on Moshulu was in 1989 and she was gutted internally. However $11 million were spent on her and she is now fully restored and apparantly the finest restaurant afloat.


12-01-2008, 09:21 PM
Nice to know she is still afloat Santos. Is she still in Philadelphia? I remember having a cracking meal on her.


12-02-2008, 11:00 AM
Yes Fred she is still in Philadelphia and apparantly a very popular eating place by all accounts.


captain kong
12-02-2008, 09:40 PM
Moshulu today
The Moshulu was used in the movies Rocky and The Godfather Part II, as well as in the end scene of the movie Blow Out. The ship is now a fine dining restaurant at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, where it is docked adjacent to the museum ships USS Olympia and USS Becuna.

Moshulu 401 S Columbus Blvd Philadelphia PA 19106 Tel: (215) 923-2500
Hours: Lunch Mon-Sun 11am-3pm // Dinner 5:30pm-10:30pm
Get directions
An adventuresome menu using nature's finest ingredients with a South Seas flair? that's the signature of the great food guests will come to expect at the new Moshulu. Presenting the essence of contemporary American cooking, Executive Chef Ralph Fernandez has created a succulent array of dishes that will make dining on the Moshulu, one of the world's grandest tall ships, a most memorable experience. Chef Fernandez' distinct attitude and flavor are a fusion of years of study in various cooking styles including Southwestern, American and French. The Moshulu's private dining rooms and outdoor decks take full advantage of the unparalleled views of the city and waterfront. The multi-level decks offer a glorious open-air experience. There are many dining and entertaining options on the Moshulu.
Name: Moshulu ex Kurt
Namesake: Dr. Kurt Siemers (to Kurt)
Owner: G. H. J. Siemers & Co., Hamburg
Route: (GE) Europe to Chile and Newcastle, Aust.
(US) Manila, Australia, Southafrica

(FI) Australia to Europe grain trade
Builder: Alex. Wm. Hamilton & Co., Port Glasgow
Cost: ?36,000
Laid down: 1903
Launched: 18 April 1904
Christened: 18 April 1904 as the Kurt
Completed: June 1904
Decommissioned: 1970
Maiden voyage: June 1904 via Santa Rosal?a to Valpara?so
Reinstated: 1935 as a cargo ship, 1975 as a restaurant
Homeport: Hamburg, San Francisco, Mariehamn, Philadelphia
Status: restaurant ship
General characteristics
Class and type: four-masted steel barque
cargo ship, fl. warehouse, restaurant ship
Displacement: 7,000 ts (1,700 ts ship + 5,300 ts cargo)
Length: 396 ft (121 m) (overall)
359 ft (109 m) (on deck)
335.3 ft (102.2 m) (btw. perpendiculars)
Beam: 46.9 ft (14.3 m)
Height: 212 ft (65 m) (keel to masthead truck)
185 ft (56 m) (main deck to masthead truck)
Draft: 24.3 ft (7.4 m) at 5,300 tons
Depth: 28 ft (8.5 m) (depth moulded)
Depth of hold: 26.6 ft (8.1 m)
Decks: 2 continuous steel decks, poop, midshipbridge and forcastle decks
Installed power: no auxiliary propulsion; donky engine for sail winches, steam rudder
Propulsion: wind
Sail plan: 4.180 m?; 34 sails: 18 square sails, 3 spankers, 13 staysails
Speed: 17 knots (31.48 km/h)
Boats and landing
craft carried: four lifeboats
Complement: max. 35
Crew: 33 (captain, two helmsmen (1st & 2nd mates), 1 steward, 29 able seamen)

Jeff Glasser
12-23-2008, 03:49 PM
Nice to see those paintings again Brian, I did do a lot of sketching many moons ago, and my wife bought me a set of oil paints and easel, sadly, still un used. Seeing your paintings has made me decide ( as I've got little else to do these days! ) to drag them out of the loft and have another go.
My main hobby now is radio control model aircraft, ( bit odd for an ex merchanter ) and as soon as I get some plans , model boats as well.

Jeff Glasser
12-23-2008, 04:05 PM
Brian, how did you get the pics' on here? I tried the attach management thingy, but it just stared at me after I uploaded some pictures!


captain kong
12-23-2008, 04:43 PM
hi Jeff,
easy once you have done it.
Click "reply."
scroll down below "reply to thread."
click on" Manage attatchments "
click on the top "Browse"
click on your photo
click on "open"
click on "Upload"
at the bottom of page it says,"uploading files, wait. "
then scroll down to Submit reply.
Cheers I hope it works
Ernie on the left, BrianD, Me, and then Ron Manderson on the right.

Jeff Glasser
12-23-2008, 05:14 PM
Thanks alehouse, I'll try it now, but do'nt hold your breath.
was that photo taken before the police were called?

captain kong
12-23-2008, 05:17 PM
Jeff they are magnificent models and the drawing of the Spitfire is fantastic. you certainly are a great artist.
Cheers for that. I will now crawl back into my hole.
Cheers and all the best.

Jeff Glasser
12-23-2008, 05:19 PM
Heres a couple more that it would'nt take the first time, I do'nt think it likes the colour Yellow!


Jeff Glasser
12-23-2008, 05:29 PM
alehouse, what do you mean, 'crawl back in your hole'. I hope you do'nt feel anything I might scribble is better than yours. I would be deeply offended if that were so. My sketch might be o.k. as are the models, but your paintings are 'alive'. The most technically correct paintings can have no soul in them. That's the hardest part to capture.
You are also one of the best 'yarn' tellers I've ever come across!


captain kong
12-23-2008, 05:45 PM
Thanks for that Jeff I `ll come out again now,
Cheers , it was a little cramped in there.
Off for a whisky now. before dinner.

12-23-2008, 06:10 PM
Excellent work, Brian! I enjoyed seeing these paintings.


captain kong
12-24-2008, 09:51 PM
This is another one like I did while I was on the QE2 this year , my Pilipino Cabin Steward wanted it so I gave it to him. A coal burning ship passing the old Beachy Head Light house, before they built the one at sea level.
I`ll start my yarns again in a few days, I lost all my writings, my computer fell in a heap and I had to get another but I have no notes yet. Someone is trying to save my hard drive.

12-25-2008, 10:01 AM
This is another one like I did while I was on the QE2 this year , my Pilipino Cabin Steward wanted it so I gave it to him. A coal burning ship passing the old Beachy Head Light house, before they built the one at sea level.
I`ll start my yarns again in a few days, I lost all my writings, my computer fell in a heap and I had to get another but I have no notes yet. Someone is trying to save my hard drive.

i hope it aint one of them gyipos doing your hard drive brian they dont do a proper job (tarmack or block paving) cheers clancy:034:

captain kong
12-25-2008, 10:50 AM
Funny Clancy.
Back on the ale. Alehouse.

Jeff Glasser
12-29-2008, 12:19 PM
Clancy, them Pikies' will find out where you live and come round and give you smack in the facias! ( and fix your loose tiles for the price of your life savings )

Right alehouse, I'm gonna get those oils down from the loft.
Do'nt stop painting mate, and I hope you get your stuff back off the p.c.

Happy New Year,


12-30-2008, 09:49 AM