Drowning Sailor


Graphite pencil and spray paint
161cm x 55cm.

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In the olden days sailors couldn’t actually swim, as that would ‘draw out’ their drowning if the ship went down.

If the bodies of drowned sailors are buried with a seagull their ghost will be laid to rest, as the bird’s spirit will guide their soul to the next world.

A curious custom in Cornwall graveyards was the setting up of the Figurehead of a wrecked vessel over the grave of her drowned sailors.