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May 1968

This was a work inspired by the art of Ken Marschall, well known for his paintings of Titanic and other ships.
This work was my most ambitious and took over a year to paint. I am grateful to Richard Dunn who helped make this possible.

Martin Cahill

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thanks for the feedback guys,
It is one part of the online history of this ship and NZ seafaring.
I want to create images that are different in their approach. I am currently working on one of her near the reef

cheers
Martin
 

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Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes,

Mark.
 

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The ship didn't remain intact for long. In August the salvors moved in and removed all the anchor chain and mast aerials and wires. Then the masts and funnel were next to be be gas axed.

After that came the bridge house and the long slow slog of cutting her down to B deck ready for refloating. They had yet to get that far when on 8 May 1969 another southerly storm broke the ship into three large pieces.

In reality the sea was not that clear and visibility was only a few meters in the week after the sinking. In that I exercised a degree of artistic license.

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I agree completely with John. Very moving. As a Scot and Hebridean, I had a special interest in this ship. She was completed at Fairfield's, just across the Clyde from my lodgings when I was at Glasgow University. I was stunned when she sank. We had just had a tremendous storm in Scotland (January 1968), and it wrought havoc in Glasgow as well as the Hebrides. Hebridean sailors were often on these ships, and all these links intertwine for me with this ship. Well done, Martin.
PS Hello, Mark. Nice to see your face. Thanks for all the wonderful books! Donald
 

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