Shooting The High Seas

Amateur Photographer|November 30, 2019

Shooting The High Seas
Ambrose Greenway shares his lifelong love of ships and his passion for maritime photography
Ambrose Greenway

Inherited my love of the sea and ships from my father at an early age, and in 1953 he took me and the rest of the family to witness the great Coronation Naval Review at Spithead from the decks of the cross-channel steamer Maid of Orleans. A truly staggering array of ships of all sorts, the like of which we shall probably never see again.

My enthusiasm was nourished by spending my teenage years in the beautiful Cornish port of Fowey, where a constant stream of vessels coming in to load china clay fed a burgeoning interest in photography. I also witnessed a new ship doing her speed trials on the Polperro measured mile, and the new P&O Canberra passing by on her delivery cruise from Belfast.

My school was equipped with a rudimentary darkroom and I well remember the excitement of seeing an image appearing as if by magic on a sheet of paper, something that remained with me until decades later when I went digital.

Going to sea

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November 30, 2019