Artist plans war commemoration

Boston painter Paul Howard is trying to trace decendants of Boston trawlermen killed or captured during the First World War - as part of his commemmoration artwork. Photo: Neil Watson www.neilwatsonphotography.webs.com
Boston painter Paul Howard is trying to trace decendants of Boston trawlermen killed or captured during the First World War - as part of his commemmoration artwork. Photo: Neil Watson www.neilwatsonphotography.webs.com

A Boston artist is looking for descendants of trawlermen captured during the First World War as part of his commemoration work.

Paul Howard plans to depict the hostilities suffered by the Boston trawler fleet during the war - resulting in fatalities, imprisonment of crews and the sinking of many trawlers.

He is trying to trace the descendants of Boston trawler ‘Arctic’ - sunk by enemy submarine UB19 on June 5, 1915.

Paul said: “The descendants are to be invited to private view of the paintings on Saturday, June 6 – 100 years to the day when this tragic incident took place.

“It is a story of loss, destruction and survival against the odds.”

Paul’s great-uncle Edward perished with ‘all hands’ on the trawler ‘Bostonian’ in September 1920. It is assumed the vessel hit a mine although the war had been over for 10 months. There is no known wreck or war grave.

The paintings are dedicated to the Boston fishermen who never came home.

Call Paul on 01205 361921.