Safe Harbour for One 48 x 12
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Within this photograph there are multiple stories; the first is the merchant vessel, which is being assisted by tugs to reach its moorings. This ship has travelled many miles to reach the destination in a safe manner. But just to the right of the breakwater, there is another different and more dramatic story. Seen grounded on the outside of the breakwater is the wreck of the French four-masted Braque, the Adolphe, this ship sailed from Antwerp to Newcastle Australia in 1904. When it reached the harbor there was a severe storm in progress; the ship was attached by ropes to two tugs. Unfortunately, one of the lines from the tugs broke and before it could be reattached the ship was blown around the breakwater. It grounded on top of another wreck, which was of the ship Regent Murray; which was a ship built in Scotland and ran aground on 4 April 1899. The lifeboat coxswain directed a heroic rescue of all the crew of the Adolphe. The rescue took almost 14 hours before the ships captain was finally brought to safety.