Attention all shipping! Enjoy these shipping forecast products – rain or shine
The popularity of Jane’s shipping forecast painting shows just how deeply this daily poem to the weather around our islands is embedded in us. You may have read that it recently even won an award from the British Cartographic Society.
The words “And now the Shipping Forecast, issued by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency…” mean something magical to so many of us. And sometimes having art on your walls just isn’t enough… so Jane just had to make it the centrepiece of her venture into creating beautiful and useful items for the home.
Jane says “Attention All Shipping is my favourite painting of everything I’ve done, so of course, I love the entire range of shipping forecast goodies! I find it hard to choose which I like best of the tea towels, aprons (sold out!), coasters, mugs and greetings cards so here I am holding as many of them as I can!”
These British-made items make a unique addition to any home, as well as being colourful, unusual gifts. They’re also educational – do you know where South Utsire is?
So here’s my quick guide to the products (with some handy facts about the Shipping Forecast thrown in!):
“Shannon: South veering west later, 5 to 7. Rough or very rough. Rain, showers later.” The shipping forecast gives the sea area, followed by wind direction and strength on the Beaufort Scale, the state of the sea, the precipitation or weather and then visibility. Changes in wind direction are expressed as ‘veering’ (clockwise) or ‘backing’ (anticlockwise).
No matter how wet things get in the kitchen, Jane’s mum Janet makes sure it’ll be ‘fair later’ with the Shipping Forecast tea towel.
So in the spirit of the Shipping Forecast, I’ll keep it brief and let the very first purchaser of the Shipping Forecast mug do the talking: “I never miss a single broadcast and now whilst listening to my favourite broadcast I’m able to enjoy lashings of tea in a fabulous new mug. Happy days!”
The Shipping Forecast has a long history. In 1861 Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy (formerly captain of the Beagle on Darwin’s famous voyage) introduced a warning service for shipping in February 1861, using telegraph communications. It has been broadcast by radio since 1911, suspended only during the two World Wars. In 2002 the area previously known as Finistere was renamed Fitzroy.
Astonishingly, the original painting ‘Attention all shipping‘ was sold before Jane had even finished it, but if you think the wall is the best place for it you can get large prints suitable for framing – it’s what we have on our wall!
Did you know that HM Coastguards broadcast a ‘mini’ shipping forecast? They are a similar format and use the same terminology as the Met Office one on the BBC, but the information is usually just for the area covered by the Coastguard Centre broadcasting it.
Everybody loves the Shipping Forecast, so why not keep a stock of Shipping Forecast greetings cards?
Discover how Jane made the painting.