Medium: Chillogoe Marble. West Australian Jarrah. Granite base.
The tales of shipwrecks fascinate me. Indeed, Australia has many a ship that lay on the sea floor. My father would tell me of mighty white capped waves rising out of the ocean from his days in the merchant navy. It must have been a daunting thought for the early navigators of the seas. Those watery mountains, wreckers of ships, tearing timber to pieces, carrying lives to watery graves.
The tragedy of the Loch Sloy wreck off the south west coast of Kangaroo Island, was one such tale of tragedy for early navigators. Only four seafarers made it from the ship, a passenger, two able seamen and an apprentice. Not remembering how they made it ashore the desperate men survived on dead penguins and shell fish. The passenger, D. Kilpatrick, perished from ill health and exposure, leaving only three survivors from an initial 34 crew and passengers. The survivors recounted passengers and crew clinging to rigging as one by one the masts broke throwing them to the breaking waves below.
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