Industrial Cathedral

Industrial Cathedral
"Industrial Cathedral" charcoal drawing on paper 131 x 131 cm Jane Bennett. This drawing was a finalist in the 1998 Dobell Prize for Drawing (Art Gallery of N.S.W.) ; Finalist in 1998 Blake Prize for Religious Art ; Winner of 1998 Hunter's Hill Open Art Prize

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Two Ships in dock - Painting the 'Pacific Jewel' and the ex-HMAS Adelaide' at Glebe Island Wharf


In the dock*
*dock 1 
 1.The area of water between two piers or alongside a pier that receives a ship for loading, unloading, or repairs.
dock 2
1. To clip short or cut off
2. To deprive of a benefit or a part of something, especially as a punishment
3. To withhold or deduct a part from
 dock 3

An enclosed place where the defendant stands or sits in a court of law.
Idiom: 'in the dock'
On trial or under intense scrutiny.
(Definitions of 'Dock'  courtesy of the Free Dictionary)


Two ships on Glebe Island Wharf- one under repair and one being systematically pulled to pieces, both literally and metaphorically.
After a problem developed in the propulsion system, the 'Pacific Jewel' had to cool its heels for quite a while, first at Barangaroo, then for over a week at Glebe Island and finally at Captain Cook dry dock over at Garden Island.
Painting the 'Pacific Jewel' en plein air at Glebe Island Wharf, oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
Painting the 'Pacific Jewel' en plein air at Glebe Island Wharf
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The engines had broken down and after a few days the cruise ship was moved to the Naval dry dock at Woolloomooloo on Saturday 30th November, unfortunately while I was at the Eveleigh field day.
When I asked a couple of blokes in overalls how long the repairs would take, one of them said that they had to move an item weighing about 45 tons to get to the broken bit. When I asked how that was going, they laughed and said that they had managed about 8 tons of it so far; about 37 to go.

Painting the 'Pacific Jewel' en plein air at Glebe Island Wharf, oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
Painting the 'Pacific Jewel' en plein air at Glebe Island Wharf, oil painting by artist Jane Bennett 27th October 2010

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Starting the new canvas. It was a sullen overcast day with very gusty winds. Later the rain set in with a vengeance and I knew it would be hopeless to try any painting on the open wharf next day. I didn't know how long that the 'Pacific Jewel' would be staying at Glebe Island. Nor did anyone else.
Painting the 'Pacific Jewel' en plein air at Glebe Island Wharf, oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
Painting the 'Pacific Jewel' at Glebe Island on 29th October 2010
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I resumed painting on the 29th, which was just as well as the day after this, the 'Pacific Jewel' was sent to Captain Cook Dry Dock at Garden Island. I unfortunately missed this as I had committed myself to be "Artist in Residence" at the Eveleigh Field Day, and try as I might I still haven't mastered the knack of being in 2 places at the one time. 
See my post in this blog about the Eveleigh Field Day 
However I managed to catch up with the  'Pacific Jewel' a couple of days later at Captain Cook dock, courtesy of Eptec, who were also painting the ship. 
White. 
With really big rollers.
Painting the 'Pacific Jewel' en plein air at Glebe Island Wharf, oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
Painting the 'Pacific Jewel' en plein air at Glebe Island Wharf, oil painting by artist Jane Bennett

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When it started to rain again I didn't feel like going home so I went over to say hello to Chris and the guys and renew my acquaintance with the Adelaide. I was able to get a little shelter from the weather as they have containers and demountables.
The ex-HMAS Adelaide has been lying doggo off Glebe Island for over a year now. You can see it in the background of this canvas, to the left of the 'Pacific Jewel'.  
The Adelaide has had a chequered career. Adelaide was the ship which intercepted SIEV 4  on 6th October 2001, which was the event that sparked the Children overboard affair
I have rather a collection of paintings of notorious ships e.g the 'MV Tampa'.
Painting 'ex HMAS Adelaide' en plein air at Glebe Island Wharf, oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
'The 'ex HMAS Adelaide' 1 year later  at Glebe Island wharf' 2010  oil painting on canvas 25 x 51cm 

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The seemingly never-ending saga of the poor old Adelaide continues. There's not much left of her to sink now! Almost everything that can be removed has been removed.  
There is a huge gang of workmen clad in fluoro orange overalls ( excellent colour choice from my point of view - it is the complementary opposite to the pale grey-green of the hull) busy stripping her out, but there is still a 'Waiting for Godot' atmosphere hanging over this flurry of activity. 
You see, we've been through this all before.
The vessel had been prepared for scuttling from its arrival in late 2009 to early 2010. Her mast was cut off so that it wouldn't become a navigational hazard once the ship was scuttled. Dangerous materials, weapons, systems and potential toxins were removed, and diver access holes were cut in the ship's flanks.
Originally the Adelaide was scheduled to have been sunk on the 27th March, 2010, in 32 metres of water, 1.7 kilometres offshore from Avoca Beach, until a literally last minute court challenge nipped this in the bud. Local stirrers campaigned to prevent the scuttling, with claims that the wreck had the "potential to affect tides and littoral sand drift", and that the "removal of chemicals and hazardous materials in the ship had not been completely thorough".
An appeal by the protest groups to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal three days before the sinking saw the project placed on hold. The case was to have been heard on 5 May 2010, but this was postponed until July. 
On 15th September, the Tribunal finally ruled that scuttling of the ship could go ahead after the removal of canvas, insulation, any remaining wiring, (which allegedly may contain polychlorinated biphenyls) and exfoliating paint (which may allegedly contain red lead).
There will be another attempt to scuttle her in April 2011, but there are no guarantees that there won't be further court action to  delay or even stop proceedings. 
The suspense continues...
Painting 'Pacific Jewel' en plein air at Glebe Island Wharf, oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
Painting 'Pacific Jewel' en plein air at Glebe Island Wharf, oil painting by artist Jane Bennett

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I'm usually the only painter on the wharf.
Other people are painting the ship too! White, and with really big rollers. Here is a glimpse of them at the top of the orange crane in the background. When I first arrived and said to the security guard that I had come to paint the ship, this is what he thought I meant.
Painting 'Pacific Jewel' en plein air at Glebe Island Wharf, oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
Painting 'Pacific Jewel' en plein air at Glebe Island Wharf, oil painting by artist Jane Bennett 


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The 'Pacific Jewel' was officially launched with its present name at White Bay Wharf, only about 500 metres to the north, on 14 December 2009, less than a year ago. Originally christened the 'Crown Princess', she was built in 1989 and her maiden call was on the 6th July 1990. Her curved 'dolphin-like' profile was apparently designed by Renzo Piano. The 'Pacific Dawn', her sister ship, is also a frequent visitor to Barangaroo.
  
Painting 'Pacific Jewel' en plein air at Glebe Island Wharf, oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
Painting 'Pacific Jewel' en plein air at Glebe Island Wharf, oil painting by artist Jane Bennett 

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Due to the ongoing repairs during October 2010, three cruises for October and November (to Vanuatu and Noumea, Melbourne for the Melbourne Cup, and Fiji) had to be cancelled in the start of one of Australia's busiest cruise ship seasons.
Painting 'Pacific Jewel' en plein air at Glebe Island Wharf, oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
Portrait of the artist at work

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Painting 'Pacific Jewel' en plein air at Glebe Island Wharf, oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
'The 'Pacific Jewel' at Glebe Island' 2010  
oil painting on canvas 31 x 103cm. 

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The painting is completed.
This bit of bad luck for the ship was a bit of good luck for me. Normally a cruise ship is docked for a day or less, and the painting has to be small enough to be completed in the time available or the next time around. By now I have quite a comprehensive collection of 'Pacific Jewel' paintings from every conceivable viewpoint, several locations and at most hours of the day or night.


For more paintings and information about the 'Pacific Jewel' :
See my posts 'White ship with Black hawks'  , 'Maersk Gateshead'- the last container ship and 'A big white ship at a big white tent' at my blog 'Painting Barangaroo'

For more paintings and information about the 'MV Tampa':
See my From Hungry Mile to Barangaroo    page in this blog and my The Last Ships page at my blog 'Painting Barangaroo'

For more paintings and information about the ex-HMAS Adelaide:
See my Glebe Island-White Bay page in this blog

2 comments:

Adrian said...

Hi Jane,

Lovely detail in your work. More detail on the most recent ex-HMAS Adelaide saga is at http://www.noship.com.au and http://www.ex-hmasadelaide.info

Regards,
Adrian

Jane Bennett Artist said...

Thanks Adrian,
Regards, Jane