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Reproduced courtesy of Josephine Yeats

Caulking the deck, LAWHILL

Date: 1938
Dimensions:
Overall: 230 x 295 mm
Medium: Oil on canvas on plywood
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Copyright: © Josephine Yeats
Classification:Art
Object Name: Painting
Object No: 00032206

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    Description
    Crew member 'Ek' ('oak' in Swedish) caulking the deck onboard the LAWHILL. A caulking iron is used to force oakum into the seams of the wooden deck to ensure water tightness.
    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.

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