This is how my previous post started out, soft to medium pencil on xerox paper.
I did two sketches; the other of the ship bow down with the anchor chains slack.
This one was the better in terms of action and it also revealed the damage done.
Without power and seriously damaged the Wahine rides out tropical cyclone Giselle with 735 souls onboard with only anchors and chain between them a complete loss. All links and the hull held up, only the anchors slowly dragged across the shallow seabed.
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
The Wellington Coastguard, form after the Wahine was lost, laid a wreath in Korohiwi Bay and the Arahura sounded her foghorn as she passed by.
The sea is flat calm under a clear calm sky just as it was on 11/04/1968
Just to the right of the house is Burdons' Gate beyond which vehicles don't get access.
In the background is Camp Bay where S1 was washed ashore upsidedown and damaged.
Ross Jamieson spoke at the installation as did Ken Scadden of MAANZ our Maritime Archaeology Association.
In August 1968 the masts and fnnel were the first objects to be cut away to allow the Holmpark to be moored close into the wreck. So close in fact that the slavge crew would just walk down a gangplank onto the the stern of the Wahine.
When this area was landscaped the mast laid across the road in apak/wild zone.
It got tagged with graffiti which caovered most of the surface.
This was, I think, a blessing in disguise as it would slow down the surface deterioration.
Then it disappeared.
This is being posted as a part of an ongoing discussion with Donald F Meek and others about first works.
1978 was the 10th Anniversary of the Wahine and that was what was painted. the titles are what I wrote on the backs at the time. the bottom painting was done in September and the top one not too
Inter Island Ferry going to Wellington Harbour. Ferry is approaching Barrett Reef - off portside -where the Wahine was wrecked in 1968 with the loss of 51 lives. Photo taken from Pencarrow Sheep Stn. Tanker Tez