Cargoes - A Celebration of the Sea. John Masefield & Kenneth D Shoesmith by Glyn L Evans

When a poet or artist is truly able to capture, in words or pictures, man’s fight for mastery of the sea, he may be counted by those who fully appreciate these two art forms, a master of his craft. The honours conferred upon Masefield and Shoesmith speak for themselves. This book sets out to examine how a collaboration between the two might have flourished.

Kenneth D Shoesmith was a member of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours and of the British Society of Poster Designers, exhibiting at the Royal Academy and the Paris Salon. His maritime art perfectly captures the romance and adventure of ocean liner travel in the between-war years of the 1920s and 1930s.

John E Masefield’s first sight of vessels afloat would have been coal barges on the nearby canal. However, his cadetship in HMS Conway and brief, deep-sea career gave him an enduring love of that element and the men whose lives were bound up in it. Not for him the romantic view of some, but ‘the real life of the poor fellows who bring them not only their luxuries but their very food.’