The Forth At War: Artist’s Talk

Date: 16th November 2017
Anster Nichts

On August 4th 1914 the area from Grangemouth eastwards to the May Island fell under the command of the Royal Navy and throughout the four years of World War I naval vessels of all sorts, from small patrol ships to battleships, joined the merchant and fishing boats as an everyday sight in the Firth of Forth. Between 21st and 27th November 1918 shipping traffic in the estuary peaked when the German High Seas Fleet surrendered to units of the British Grand Fleet and to other Allied units, and were subsequently escorted to Scapa Flow, Orkney.

Jim Stormonth DA, Graphic Designer, has painted a series of works depicting the various types of warships, auxiliary vessels and merchant ships that plied the Forth during World War I.  In this talk he will give an insight into his work and the background history of this significant wartime location.