I have just completed three new paintings for The Last Fleet Exhibition which will be held at the Arts Centre, Gold Coast City Gallery, opening on 6th February 2016 and continuing until the end of March.
Above is SS Dicky - Beached Remains - Oil on Canvas. Below are also SS Dicky - both looking through the porthole, one facing south and the other facing north. The later two are Encaustic on Marine Plywood. Check them out in The Last Fleet Gallery in this website.
SS Dicky - Through the Porthole - South SS Dicky - Through the Porthole - North
Sadly SS Dicky is no longer residing on the beach where she has been since 1893 when she was driven ashore. She was deemed to be a risk to the general public and at danger of being lost forever, so was removed in July 2015. The remaining parts of SS Dicky will be developed as part of a park landscape at Dicky Beach. She will join the SS Dicky propeller at Dicky Beach Park. I must go and see her in her new home. Many people were sad that she was taken off the beach, and I was one of the last of the many people to photograph her, and I used my photos to create these three paintings.
S.S Dicky was a coastal trader that operated in and around Australia from at least 1887 until its loss in 1893. S. S. Dicky was driven ashore at Caloundra Head in Moreton Bay, in the southern end of the Sunshine Coast Qld in early February 1893 . She quickly became a local attraction and rested partially on the beach since the wrecking of the vessel. The beach where she lay has been named "Dicky Beach" By the 1960's, the upper deck levels had collapsed and the rusting hull (including ribs and plating) were the predominate feature.
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