Bronzewing (RAN HTS 501): Portrait of David Glasson and model Harbour Tug Small 501, Royal Australian Navy ©2019 (Watercolour, 58 x 77 cm.)
Master boat modeller David Glasson is also a master of the art of marine ropework and is also a member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers (IGKT). The beautiful doughnut-shaped fender on the bow of scale model ‘Bronzewing’ (HT501) demonstrates David’s incredible handiwork.
The Royal Australian Navy Bronzewing-Class Harbour Tugs: ‘Bronzewing’ (501), ‘Currawong’ (502), HTS 503 and ‘Mollymawk’ (504) were built between the 1960s-70s by Sydney-based boat builders, Stannard Brothers.
Artist’s note: behind ‘Bronzewing’ on David’s workbench is the skeletal model of former Navy general purpose vessel H.M.A.S. BASS which was originally commenced by Mr Rod Grimes a number of years ago, and will be completed by David Glasson. Both Rod and David worked on the real BASS prior to her eventual sale and conversion to a fishing trawler in 1994. In May 2020, BASS was towed from the historic Woolwich Dockyard in Sydney to Port Macquarie to be scrapped and ultimately scuttled.
The original artwork is on high quality heavy-weight French Arches paper, comes with certificate of authenticity and is tastefully framed with navy blue mount, gold beading, and burnished gold frame with non-reflective glass. Also available as museum quality giclee print on paper or unstretched linen canvas to your preferred size.