C1900

The Gap Sydney N.S.W., from Sight of the Wreck of the "Dunbar"

Artist:

James Swinton Diston

On the night of 20 August, 1857, the Dunbar approached the entrance to Sydney Harbour from the south, but heavy rain and a strong gale made navigating difficult. The ship’s captain, either erroneously believing he had already passed the harbour’s … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Gap Sydney N.S.W., from Sight of the Wreck of the "Dunbar"

Date:

C1900

Artist:

James Swinton Diston

Condition:

Technique:

Original watercolour heightened with white signed lower right.

Image Size: 

280mm 
x 350mm

Frame Size: 

440mm 
x 510mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Gap Sydney  N.S.W., from Sight of the Wreck of the "Dunbar" - Antique Painting from 1900

Genuine antique
dated:

1900

Description:

On the night of 20 August, 1857, the Dunbar approached the entrance to Sydney Harbour from the south, but heavy rain and a strong gale made navigating difficult. The ship’s captain, either erroneously believing he had already passed the harbour’s southern headland or mistaking a smaller break in the coastline known as The Gap for the port’s entrance, drove the ship onto rocks. The force of the gale caused the Dunbar to break up. Crew member James Johnson was thrown against the cliffs from the impetus of the collision and managed to scramble to safety, however he remained undiscovered for two days. The remainder of the passengers and crew were drowned.

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