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Dennis Adams 1998 Photograph Andrew Frolows ANMM

Dennis Adams


In 1935 young Dennis Adams went to sea on the last windjammers - ships saved from the scrap heap to sail in the grain trade between Europe and Australia in the period between the wars.

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

Adams built a career as a maritime artist and sculptor - capturing those last ships of commercial sail he knew so well. He died in 2001.