P & O Carthage

“There comes a time in a long marriage when there seems to be no answer to the question, ‘what can I give my beloved for his birthday?’ It was a few weeks before Michael’s birthday that I saw, and greatly admired, some of David Bray’s ship paintings.

Now for years I have lived with the fading black and white photographs of some of the ships Michael served aboard, so one day I asked which ship had the happiest memories for him. Straightway he nominated P&O’s “Carthage” on which he used to run out to Hong Kong. I contacted David and told him what I wanted. When the painting arrived in time for the birthday Michael was bowled over with delight.

The painting has pride of place in our sitting room and we both enjoy it but Michael confided the other day that every time he looks at it, it reminds him of the happy days of his youth and makes him feel quite young again.

So ladies, if you are looking for that extra special present that is full of very personal memories for your other half, I can’t recommend too highly one of David’s maritime paintings”.

Sheila Hardy

Painting of the Carthage