Burial at Sea
Painted by Harold Beament in 1944
The artist based this painting in part on his own experiences during the battle of the St. Lawrence, including himself as the saluting officer on the right.
Beament later recalled the death of a merchant sailor during a torpedo attack: "I sent a boat to pull him out, but he was dead? I organized a funeral service, which was very risky because we didn't know exactly how many submarines were around?" The respect for fallen comrades is a physical presence in the painting.
Beaverbrook Collection of War Art