SOLD - Underwater Anchor
Encaustic, oil pigments and shellac on marine plywood
62cm x 98cm
(c) Gayle Reichelt.
Price includes GST within Australia, but does not include freight.
Shipping depends upon packed weight and choice of courier.
Reference photo for this painting was supplied with permission from Pete Illage, Marine Archaeologist, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. The anchor is from a shipwreck on the Great Detached Reef in Far North Queensland circa 1810 - 1830 likely from the shipwreck Charles Eaton.
Gifted to a family member.
The Charles Eaton was a 313 ton English barque.
The wreck of the Charles Eaton and the gruesome story of the inhumane massacre by Torres Strait Islanders of the passengers and crew, and an account of the rescue of the two boys is said to be one of the saddest tragedies of the straits.
An excellent Blog telling the story is Charles Eaton: Wake for the Melancholy Shipwreck written by Veronica Peek, (click on the link above to read the full story)
Link to The shipwrecked orphans, a true narrative of the shipwreck and suffering of John Ireland and William Doyley, who were wrecked in the ship Charles Eaton on an island in the South Seas
Author - John Ireland
Another good link called The Wreck of the Charles Eaton can be found here https://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:241150/s00855804_1983_11_4_21.pdf
written by Allan McInnes. It was read at a meeting of the Royal Historical Society in February 1983.
I came across a book called "Head Hunters of the Coral Sea"by Ion L Idriess. It has a list of passengers and crew of the Charles Eaton which
was wrecked on the Barrier Reef, August 1834.
Below is a list of passengers and Crewof the Charles Eaton.
George Frederic MOORE, master C G ARMSTRONG, passenger, F CLARE, chief mate Captain D'OYLY, passenger, W MAYER, second mate Mrs D'OYLY,passenger - PYALL, THIRD MATE George D'OYLY, passenger, G PIGOTT, bosun W T O D'OYLY, passenger, J GRANT, surgeon one native Indian Mem servant, L CONSTANTINE,carpenter, W MONTGOMERY, steward, W PERRY,midshipman, Tommy CHENG,midshipman, S BAYLETT, seaman, R QUIN, seaman, A QUAIL, seaman, W MOORE, seaman, J CAEN,seaman, Will HILL, seaman, J BERRY, seaman, G LOURNE, seaman,
W JEFFREY,seaman, J WRIGHT,seaman, W GUMBLE,seaman, J MILLER,seaman,W WILLIAMS,seaman, C ROBINSON,seaman, J PRICE,seaman,
J SEXTON,stewards boy, J IRELAND, cabin boy escaped in Boat to Timor Laut and eventually rescued by the Dutch.
G PIGOTT(died of hardships)J WRIGHT,Laurie CONSTANTINE,W GUMBLE,R QUIN.
Rescued by the "Isabella" John IRELAND, William D'OYLY.
The skulls of remaining passengers and crew were brought back to Sydney and buried at Bunnerong Cemetery.