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Swindon College graduate holds exhibition

A past student of Swindon College is showing off his pictures of WWII naval convoys that sailed across the Arctic undaunted, despite the threat of enemy torpedoes and icy weather. Most people will know Steve Bourne from the ceramics that he sells at Bloomingdale’s, but this month he will open a fine art exhibition at the post Modern Art Gallery in Theatre Square aptly named England’s Glory.

Bourne explained that the collection is inspired by the sailors that gave their lives so that the rest of the world could live freely. He also stated that his grandfather was adrift at sea in a small life boat for a total of four days after his boat was torpedoed. During this time period thousands of ships were sunk and his grandfather was lucky to make it out alive.

It was this story that inspired Bourne to create the art work that hangs in the exhibition. The paintings clearly show how hazardous the journey was that the Merchant Navy and the Royal Navy undertook.

Bourne went on to explain that his father was aboard the SS Induna heading towards Russia when the ship was bombed. It was not the torpedoing along that made the bombing so threatening, but the combination of that with the heavy ice on the ships and the large waves which made it easy for the ships to roll completely over.

His grandfather managed to make it to one of two surviving lifeboats and spent several days in the cold hoping to be rescued. Eventually a Russian minesweeper came along and picked him up. The exhibition is open to the public now for viewing up until February 23rd. Public viewing hours are from 11am to 4pm.


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