Unloading – Murmansk
As the only port in the West of Russia open all the year round, Murmansk was the main destination for all convoys, though PQ17 was headed for Arkangel (400 miles further east in the White Sea). Murmansk was built principally of wood, was 50km’s from the Eastern Front and was subject to constant incendiary bomb raids. A task force of 2,500 women manually unloaded ships, transferring cargo to lorries. The UK supplied a crane ship as the ports 11 ton crane wouldn’t be able to lift heavy cargo such as tanks.
90 x 70cm Acrylic on canvas. Unframed £350