WELCOME HOME
Artist: S BURBRIDGE

Subject: Diesel Submarine returning to Gosport
Original picture is acrylic on paper measuring 18 x 12
Limited Edition Prints (200) now available (13" x 9.25" plus white border)

The story behind the painting...


The Porpoise and Oberon Class diesel boats were considered the best conventional submarines ever at the time. The Porpoise Class, built between 1954 - 61, was the first attack submarine design used by the Royal Navy after the Second World War.  Although there were some technical and interior differences, from the outside both these classes looked almost identical. 

These Overseas Patrol Submarines, later known as Attack Submarines, were capable of great distances and could run almost silently.  They were updated with the latest sonar equipment during the 1980s - this new technology easily spotted on their bows.  They served the British Navy for well over a third of a century, the last of these submarines was decomissioned in 1993.

8 Porpoise Class submarines were built:
Porpoise
Narwahl
Grampus
Cachalot
Finwhale
Rorqual
Sealion
Walrus

13 Oberon Class submarines were built:
Oberon
Opportune
Ocelot
Odin
Olympus
Onslaught
Onyx
Opossum
Oracle
Orpheus
Osiris
Otter
Otus

 


Signed limited edition prints of this painting are now available 
with the following inscription beneath the image:

        Welcome Home
       by
         S. Burbridge

 

This painting was actually based upon HMS Opportune, an Oberon Class boat.  She is seen here sailing into Portsmouth Harbour.  Well-wishers wave from the Round Tower ashore whilst the crew stand respectfully facing the opposite shore - their base, HMS Dolphin in Gosport.

 
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