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Reproduced courtesy of Josephine Yeats

From over the bows on HERZOGIN CECILIE

Date: 1935
Overall: 192 × 238 mm
Image: 160 × 214 mm
Medium: Oil on canvas on wood
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Copyright: © Josephine Yeats
Object Name: Painting
Object No: 00032194

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    This painting depicts dolphins in the water at the bow of the windjammer HERZOGIN CECILIE. The shadow of the bow and bowspit can be seen.
    SignificanceDennis Adams paintings were signficant in capturing the last voyages of the windjammers in Australian and international waters during the 20th century.
    HistoryIn 1935 Dennis Adams went to sea on the last windjammers; ships that had been saved from the scrap heap to sail in the grain trade between Europe and Australia in the interwar period.

    Adams sailed as a passenger on the HERZOGIN CECILIE to attend art school in London in 1935, returning to Australia in 1938 on LAWHILL. On both voyages he enjoyed the company of the captain, and dined at his table, yet also worked with the crew. He often climbed the rigging with his paint supplies and sketched all aspects of shipboard life.

    HERZOGIN CECILIE was a 4-masted barque built in 1902 in Germany and was one of the fastest windjammers in the long trade route. Before and after the First World War it carried up to 4,500 tonnes of grain between Australia and Europe, winning the potentially dangerous 'grain race' eight times. After the World War I, HERZOGIN CECILIE was given to the French as part of the German reparations scheme, and was subsequently bought by Finnish ship-owner Gustaf Erikson.

    HERZOGIN CECILIE did not survive long after Adams' journey; it grounded off south England in heavy fog in 1936. Part of the cargo was unloaded and the vessel refloated, only to be beached and then destroyed.
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