Scenes from the Rescue of the Admella

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In 2007 I started to think about the 150th anniversary of the sinking of the Admella which would take place in August 2009 and the rescue of the bulk of the survivors by the Portland Lifeboat. I had the idea for a series of linocuts depicting some of the events. There is, of course, no photographic record but enough newspaper reports to enable us to get a picture of what it must have been like for those involved. Between 2007 and 2009 I did many sketches and spent many hours thinking about the scenes I would depict. At the beginning I settled on a square format and thought black and white an appropriate choice with a size of 8" x 8" (200x200mm). I hope the images and accompanying newspaper text tell the story.

- Bob Stone

Scenes from the rescue of the Admella survivors

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Horses thrown overboard

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George Fisher's hand

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Two make it ashore

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Many a heart will bleed

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For the sake of an infant

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Exposed for a week

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The Portland lifeboat launched

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The boat appeared to stand up perpendicular

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A public meeting was held

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She rode most splendidly

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Help had reached the sufferers at last

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Four heavy seas struck

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3 or 4 in the last stage of existence

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There was much celebration

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Our telegrams were passed from hand to hand

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Bob Stone - Linocuts

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