Sue Lewington is a freelance illustrator living in west Cornwall, who specialises in ink and watercolour sketches. Sue lived and ran a gallery on St. Martin’s for nearly 20 years before moving to west Penwith. Sue has a deep affinity with the islands and regularly returns to Scilly and to the Shetland islands in Scotland.

Sue painted this picture of Scillonian III as a tribute to the many ships that have made the same journey and was inspired by the poem below.

1926

– The New Boat , by Donald Jenkins, aged 12

The new steam boat has just arrived,
They brought her into the quay
The schoolchildren are going down,
The ‘Scillonian’ to see.

They like the look of her so well,
They gave her a good name.
She is a steamboat built at Troon,
A vessel of great fame.

She came from Troon to Scilly Isles
At end of January month.
It’s a journey of 400 miles,
And the passage is very rough.

She is one hundred and forty feet
From stem to the tip of her stern.
She is not quite as long as our street,
But she has plenty of room to turn.

The Captain is a bold Scotchman,
And some of the crew belong to Scilly,
I cannot say he belongs to a clan
Or they’d think me very silly.

She will carry all the famers’ flowers
As well as all the luggage.
She can do the trip in about three hours:
And she’s got a nice big tonnage.

Sue is producing a very special, limited edition illustrated book, in commemoration of our anniversary. The book will be available later in the year, if you would like a copy please register your interest by contacting: marketing@issg.co.uk

Here are a couple of sneaky peaks of the book…