This dramatic scene shows the historically important 'Original' lifeboat - the first purpose-built lifeboat anywhere, which was based at South Shields.

The boat is manned by South Shields' Tyne pilots who wear distinctive headgear. A large, rare watercolour by Luke Clennell, a significant North-East artist whose career was cut short by illness.


John Zwemmer; Agnew's, 1981; The Prudential Assurance Company, until 2005; Christie's, 2005; W/S Fine Art.

South Shields Museum and Art Gallery

Ocean Road, South Shields, Tyne And Wear, NE33 2JA
0191 211 5599

Opening times

Mon – Fri, 10am – 5pm Sat, 11am – 4pm

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