Artist Stephen Bone (1904-1958): Painted Pictures of the Royal Navy Patrol Service – Minesweeper – Stornoway (1944)

Hand-Written Letter from RNPS Veteran George Smith to the Author!

These professional photographs of Stephen Bone’s oil-paintings were gifted to me by Mr George Smith and serve as an invaluable record of the daily lives of the men who fought in the Royal Navy Patrol Service (RNPS) in and around Stornoway during WWII!

Hand-Written Letter from RNPS Veteran George Smith to the Author!
Hand-Written Letter from RNPS Veteran George Smith to the Author!
Comment by RNPS Veteran George Smith: HIGH TIDE – “Harlech Castle’s” Forepeak very near fishing fleet – Inner Harbour – Facing West.
Comment by RNPS Veteran George Smith: UPPER BRIDGE – with Additional Steering Wheel and Table with Maps, Etc.
Comment by RNPS Veteran George Smith: MAIN BRIDGE – with MACHINE GUNS – Outside Port and Starboard. Steersman with Compass – My Wireless Cabin Directly Behind Steersman.
Comment by RNPS Veteran George Smith: AT SEA – with Lewis Machine Gun Showing
Comment by RNPS Veteran George Smith: RIFLE AND AMUNITION STORAGE AREA. Outside Showing Depth Charge Always Ready to Fire if U-Boats in Area!
Comment by RNPS Veteran George Smith: MID SUMMER – Rifle Fire Being Used to Blow Up Floating Magnetic Mine!
Comment by RNPS Veteran George Smith: ONE MID SUMMER DAY – Two Crew Members Off Duty and Relaxing!
Comment by RNPS Veteran George Smith: TWO RAF ARMED RESCUE LAUNCHES – Berthed Inner Harbour Near Fishing Fleet!
Comment by RNPS Veteran George Smith: RAF RESCUE LAUNCH – At Anchor But Ready to Leave!
Comment by RNPS Veteran George Smith: STORNOWAY HARBOUR -Painted From the Grounds of Lewis Castle Used at That Time as a Military Hospital!
Comment by RNPS Veteran George Smith: STORNOWAY HARBOUR -Showing Bottom Left the RAF Seaplane Base Anchorage – Facing North East!
Comment by RNPS Veteran George Smith: STORNOWAY INNER HARBOUR – The Long Low Building Right was the #officiall NAAFI Canteen Where the “SWEEPERS” Crews Collected Food and Stores. This lace was a ‘Boon and Blessing’ for all SERVICEMEN – Navy, Army, RAF and American Airforce. For Myself it was a Joy as I Used to Play the Hits of the Day on Piano for the Boys and Girls!
Comment by RNPS Veteran George Smith: STORNOWAY WINTER SCENE – Inner Harbour and Fishing Fleet!

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