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Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Thunder Child fires People's Imagination


Great art impression of HMS Thunder Child charging into action


H.G.Well's famous novel (War Of The Worlds) is set in Victorian Britain during the year of 1899. It is the height of the British Empire and all her Britannic might is futile and laid bare by Martian tripods dropping into the country from the sky. During the story, there is a moment when a paddle steamer filled with refugees is trying to flee the country into the sea. As the packed steamer paddles out of Maldon in Essex, England and into the River Blackwater; three Martian tripods come after the boat from the opposite shore. 



What Thunder Child
 might have looked like
The old Victorian ironclad called H.M.S. Thunder Child is stationary in the river but must move to action stations and  defend the fleeing paddle steamer. The brave ship charges the three alien tripods and the fictional legendary battle begins.

The valiant H.M.S. Thunder Child as always stirred my imagination and because British ships of this time never came up against a formidable enemy; Thunder Child gives us a little make belief battle to saviour. Artists have constantly painted and designed artwork depicting their own views of the battle.
  

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