A STIRRING painting of HMS Victory entering Portsmouth Harbour for the last time in 1812 is one of the images being used on a charity Christmas card.
The painting by William H Bishop is one of a collection of maritime-themed cards that have been produced by the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society.
The Chichester-based charity, which has offered financial support to retired and incapacitated seafarers for 172 years, launched its card appeal at its North Pallant premises.
Commodore Malcolm Williams, the charity’s chief executive, said: ‘The UK’s merchant seafarers and fishermen travel treacherous seas every day – if you look around your home at the consumer goods we take for granted, the food on your table, it’s quite obvious the standard of living we enjoy would not be possible without merchant mariners and fishermen.
‘We believe the society’s Christmas, birthday and correspondence cards make a most attractive collection and the Christmas Appeal is our only national fundraising activity.
‘All cards purchased and donations made make a vital contribution towards our life-enhancing, and sometimes life-changing, work.’
To buy a card, visit the society’s shop at 1 North Pallant, Chichester or the check out the website at shipwreckedmariners.org.uk. Alternatively call (01243) 789 329.