In this work the cobweb of the ships rigging is silhouetted against the darkened sky, and a horse drawn carriage makes its way along the wet cobbled road. On the right- hand side passers by peer into the windows of a row of shops, some of which are real Greenock shops, whilst others are fictitious enterprises created by Grimshaw. In the distance the area is immersed in fog adding a sense of atmosphere and intensity to the picture.
It is significant that the painting is dated 1893, the year of the artists death, and for this reason it makes it one of his final works.
Grimshaw painted many urban scenes in which moonlight and shadows were the most striking features. The towns and docks that he painted most frequently were Glasgow, Liverpool, Leeds, Scarborough, Whitby and London. These works have become Grimshaw’s best known though he also painted landscapes, portraits, interior scenes, fairy pictures and neo-classical subjects.