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Oil on Board
12 x 16 ins (30.48 x 40.64 cms)
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On 2nd May 1969 the first of the giant oil tankers to be built at the Swan Hunter shipyard at Wallsend was launched by Princess Anne.
The Esso Northumbria at 253,000 tons was the biggest ship in the world at the time. Crowds of people watched the dramatic launch of this giant towering over the streets and anyone who witnessed it would never forget this historic day. Phil George was in the crowd that day, as was the person who commissioned this painting.
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