The wreck of the "Loch Ard" - 1878

The Loch Ard was an iron ship of 1,700 tons. This painting portrays her on her tragic third voyage to Australia. On the morning of June 1st, 1878, the clipper ship Loch Ard bound for Melbourne from England approached the western entrance to Bass Strait in thick mist, ran onto a reef off Mutton Bird Island, only 120 yards from the precipitous mainland coast. Of the 52 persons aboard only two survived.

At 5 a.m. when the lookout shouted "breakers ahead" the anchors were thrown out, but it was too late! She dragged them after her and the ship struck on a ridge of rock just awash. She sank fast with seas breaking aboard her on both sides. Richard Linton's dramatic painting shows the Loch Ard's final moments.

This limited edition lithograph is an edition of 900 copies worldwide and have been wholly reproduced and printed in Australia.

Image size of this limited edition lithograph is 73 cm x 58 cm, printed on quality archival paper.



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