Glyn Evans was born in Birkenhead in 1944 and, when not at school, spent much of his childhood around the docks and waterfront of the River Mersey, fascinated by the comings and goings of the many cargo ships and passenger liners to be seen there at that time. Rowing dinghies from the 64th Birkenhead Sea Scouts’ boat station on the West Float dock system gave Glyn the opportunity to see these large ocean-going vessels at close hand.
Further interest in shipping came from his early hobbies of ship photography and ship postcard collecting, twelve years of commuting on the Birkenhead Ferry to Liverpool (which included the customary anti-clockwise perambulation around the top deck), plus forty years spent working as a marine cargo insurance underwriter. Glyn is an amateur artist and his series of paintings “Funnel Vision” has been exhibited at the National Waterways Museums at Ellesmere Port and Gloucester Docks. Little wonder then that he should take a keen interest in all aspects of marine art. His first book, “The Maritime Art of Kenneth D Shoesmith” was published in 2011 and his second, “Dazzle-Painted Ships of WWI” in 2015. He has presented lectures on these and other marine subjects to maritime associations throughout the UK.
Glyn Evans is now retired and lives in Kent with his wife, Ruth. He maintains his interest in all things maritime through his membership of various societies including the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, the Liverpool Nautical Research Society and the Seven Seas Club. He is a member of the Friends of HMS Conway, and a Friend of the Royal Society of Marine Artists.