Ruben Chappell was a marine artist who was born in Goole, Yorkshire. He began drawing ships, which came into port when he was at Goole Grammar School. Chappell's importance as a ship portraitist lies in the fact that he painted, on the spot, hundreds of vessels, which represented the last days of sail. He usually painted in watercolour. In 1904 he moved to Par in Cornwall due to a bronchial weakness. He died in 1940 and was buried at Fowey. Exhibitions of his work were held at Bristol AG and at the National Maritime Museum in 1970.
Several of his pictures are in Danish museums, also in Hull.