Produced shortly after the war and clearly intended as an illustration this picture shows a British freighter dead in the water after a torpedo attack. At the rear a black gash pierces the dazzle camouflage of the hull and a cloud of black smoke billows out of it. The crew are escaping by lifeboats, possibly to another ship in the convoy that has briefly lit the scene with its searchlights.
For the span of WWI, from 1914-1918, 274 German U-boats sank 6,596 ships. The five most successful U-boats were U-35 (sank 224 ships), U-39 (154 ships), U-38 (137 ships), U-34 (121 ships), and U-33 (84 ships). Most of these were sunk near the coast, particularly in the English Channel.
Claude Muncaster (1903-1974)
Marine and landscape painter in oils and watercolour, particularly of topographical subjects; also lecturer and writer. Born 4 July 1903 at West Chiltington, Sussex, son of Oliver Hall, R.A.; first exhibited as Grahame Hall but, from 1923, as Claude Muncaster, changing his name by deed-poll 1945.
Exhibited at the R.A. from 1921. First one-man show at the Fine Art Society 1926. A.R.W.S. 1931, R.W.S. 1936; S.M.A. 1939, P.S.M.A. 1958; R.B.A. 1944; R.O.I. 1948. Served in the R.N.V.R. 1940–4, advising on camouflage. Commissioned to do a series of watercolours of royal residences 1946–7.
Publications include Rolling Round the Horn 1933 and Landscape and Marine Painting 1958.
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