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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.

Sources: Bronzewing-class harbour tug (Wikipedia), Standard Bros (Australian National Maritime Museum Historic Register), and HMAS Bass (Sea Power Centre – Australia)




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.