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Saving the Loudon

Saving the Loudon

On 27 August 1883 The inter island steamer Gouverneur - Generaal Loudon was in the Sunda Strait Krakatau exploded violently after a period of escalating activity. The Loudon was anchored off Telok Betang unable to dock due to rough seas when the wav of Krakatau arrived towering 35 metres in height.

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This project was inspired by the events that took place in Fukushima and my reading of Simon Winchesters excellent book
KRAKATOA-The Day the World Eploded . The images were in my head and once I found a rare image of the ship on the net,
the projet took little more than a month to complete.
 

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Hell, that is not what you want to see in front of you, or any place else come to that, well done.

Tony
 

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Well done, Martin. As Tony says, not the easiest scene to depict or to assimilate, but all the more important because of that. I often think of Krakatau/-oa and the implications of the explosion for ships at sea. Well, here's a very fine piece of 'pictorial thought' - with a happy outcome for the ship. Must have been truly terrifying. I wonder if anyone will produce art based on the Japan tsunami - such dramatic images have reached us of huge vessels sitting on top of docks and landing-stages, and fishing-boats thrown well inland, alongside buildings. Look at the image on the front page of the current 'Sea Breezes'.
 

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Thanks guys. Donald, how about depicting one of those bigger ships eing deposited. I have a similar thing in my head for the Berouw which was deposited
1 k inland and 60 fit above sea level up a river valley very near Telok Betang.
Most tsunami don't look this extreme as we saw at Fukushima. More often they are flat like a storm surge or rising tide.
The wave depicted was extreme coming from the volcanoes' last and most destructive blast - the whole island was blowen out of the sea.

The sea and sky were easy and coalesced duing underpainting needing little further work before adding foam and spray.
Much reading and thought take place often before the first graphite hits the paper for the conceptual drawings.
 

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anchor and chain out , screw slow ahead to keep head to the sea. approx 15 fathoms beneath keel.

Ship coated in ash up to 1 foot deep and masts struck by lightning 6 times that morning.

passengers and non essential crew consigned to ships holds to help improve ballast and handling.

- from research notes
 

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and in this case it worked but that was not something Capt. Lindemann fully expected.
He knew it was a gamble which could easily be the death of them all, like the crew of the Berouw,
but he had no choice in the matter.
 

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Wasn't this story recreated (to a degree) in the 1969 film "Krakatoa, East of Java"?
For those who don't know the area - Krakatoa is actually West of Java!
 

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yes Ithink there was a ship tsunami encounter but I only saw that film once when I was still a boy.

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Martin
 

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