Windjammer sailors

Paintings by Dennis Adams

Detail of painting by Dennis Adams of men working on HERZOGIN CECILIE

Featuring a series of oil sketches by Dennis Adams, this small exhibition reveals the romance and reality of life on board the windjammers.

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  • 1 March–21 August 2016

    In the 19th century, sailing the ships that were vital to Australia’s economy was a tough and dangerous task. In April 2016 the museum unveiled a major bronze sculpture outside Wharf 7 to pay homage to the crews of these ‘windjammer’ ships. The work was conceived by Australian artist Dennis Adams (1914–2001) and modelled and cast in 2015/16 by artists Belinda Villani and Brett Garling.

    This companion exhibition features oil sketches painted on sailcloth in the 1930s by Dennis Adams on board Herzogin Cecilie and Lawhill, windjammers owned by Finnish captain Gustaf Erikson. They capture both the romance and reality of life on board.

    Image: Dennis Adams, Herzogin Cecilie (detail), 1935. ANMM Collection 00032197

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    Open daily, 9.30am–5pm, from 1 March 2016

    Wharf 7 Heritage Centre, 58 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW

    FREE entry

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    Dennis Adams, Herzogin Cecilie (detail), 1935. ANMM Collection 00032205Dennis Adams, HERZOGIN CECILIE from on top of charthouse on the way to the Horn (detail), 1935. ANMM Collection 00032204Dennis Adams, Herzogin Cecilie (detail), 1935. ANMM Collection 00032197Sketch by Dennis Adams of the Windjammer Sailors sculpture