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We Are Abandoning Ship!

These words, heard over the VHF, were the first clue anyone ashore had that things were going bad out near Steeple Rock.

Wahine was listing further and further and Captain Robertson had 738 souls to get clear before she rolled.

This painting is one I have wanted to do for along time to update my

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Here is the linkto the older painting which I did when I was 16 [it was my first attempt on canvasboard w/ acrylics as well}

http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/201656/title/first-canvas-boards-19/cat/all
 

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Ngaio,
I also like the perspective and the almost subtle colours in the ship, sea and sky. Your weather effects are excellent. It is a great pity about the event itself, but you can take pride in bringing history to life with your very accomplished painting.
Very well done. Donald
 

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Many thanks for your feedback:
Mike and Donald, The perspective came from my imagination along time ago [ see the link] and the assistance of a digital camera and my scratch bult model of the ship.
Awatea, When I read I see it in my head like a film. The same happens when I read accounts of events. from my reading on the Wahine disaster I have already seen a full length film of the event. what I try to paint are like stills from that film.
The same goes for other ships I paint.- Lusitania, Waratah, Wahine, Orpheus or Willem Ruys et al.
 

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Harris Donald says it all for me....Excellent work. I think you have really caught it 'right on' this time, Martin. That is how I saw it with my 'mental eye' when I read Emmanuel's book....I think I have a camera inside my head, a bit like your film. I have a 'still' version - you have the 'movie'. Donald
 

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Back at this one again, Martin. So powerful....atmosphere spot-on. So glad that I didn't have to go through that....You get to the heart of the emotions here. Donald
 

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