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The Western Union Fleet sailed into Mount's Bay on June 30 1949. It comprised 109 ships from Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Altogether there were 22,000 seamen. The fleet was formed shortly after the Western Union Pact was introduced, and was part of a huge peace-keeping exercise carried out in the Bay of Biscay. En route, the ships gathered in Mount's Bay, where they stayed for four days before heading out past the Isles of Scilly to engage in submarine detection and aircraft bombardment exercises.
oil on canvas
H 95 x W 146 cm
PEZPH : 1989.207
commissioned by the Borough of Penzance, 1949