The final missing piece to my Southend Estuary stretch from Leigh-on-Sea to Shoeburyness - Southchurch! This is my 23rd Fendell Poster and it features the beautiful Southchurch Park and the model boating lake.
Southchurch Poster Artwork
From initial sketch to finished poster. This video gives a glimpse into how the image was constructed. Hope you enjoy.
Shoeburyness Poster Details
Model boating in Southchurch Park is a pastime that is traceable back to the 1920's. In 1948 seven gentlemen from the Southend Model Yacht and Railway club formed the Southend Model Power Boat club.
During these early years models were either straight running, or tethered. Tethered craft ran around a central anchor fixed in the centre of the lake, typically at high speed, until it's fuel was expended. Straight running craft were launched from one side of the lake and aimed, across the lake, at a number of marked posts forming a gate. Scores were accumulated according to accuracy of passing through the gate. One or more catchers would be positioned at the far side of the lake and would receive the craft, and return it.
Model boating in Southchurch Park continues to this day, and in 2018 the Southend Model Power Boat club celebrates 70 years of model boating with it's platinum jubilee.