A number of convoy works by Pears exist, mostly in public collections such as National Maritime Museum and Imperial War Museum. This particular example documents an escorted convoy running past Wolf Rock lighthouse off the Cornish coast. Convoys were at constant risk owing to their transportation of important cargo to aid the war effort. As can be seen in this picture certain measures were installed to counter this risk. For example, the use of Dazzle camouflage confused potential enemies and the grouping of military vessels with merchant shipping made them more formidable targets. Further, observation airships were used to spot threats from potential German U-Boats as far as their range permitted. The airship's crew were housed in a gondola beneath the balloon structure itself, which also contained the airship's engines.
Pears' firsthand experience of the sea is certainly reflected in the work. The viewer's perspective is almost that of a passenger in a rowing boat, looking across to the convoy, observing a firsthand account of the action. The movement of the sea and the crispness of the throth gathering on the surface display a confident familiarity with the subject and adds to the overall realism of the picture.