Friday, February 06, 2004

loch ard

THE bell from the wreck of the Loch Ard, an iron ship that sank near Port Campbell in Victoria's southwest in 1878, has been surrendered to heritage officials after being salvaged privately.

The 20kg bell, suffering bronze disease, was handed over with gas fittings, cutlery and ceramics that were taken from the wreck in 1967.
(Herald Sun)

more on Loch Ard
bronze disease

a not very hard ESL quiz on loch ard, although boynton would not be able to tell you the correct answer to this:
People all through the colony of Victoria wanted Tom and Eva to fall...

when these are the choices:

in love,
off love,
under love

Not too sure but one is currently leaning towards three.

on the other hand, People all through the colony of Victoria wanted Tom and Eva to fall... may in fact be the correct answer...

Comments: loch ard

Hi Boynton, haven't contributed here for a while, but felt compelled by the Loch Ard. It is a remarkable section of the coast, and truly scary to imagine being in the water during a storm in that section. My understanding of the history of it was that Eva was not drifting along the shore as the quiz implied, but found her own way to the shore, but chose a less-than favourable place to do it. Chose might also be the wrong word. Tom did actually retrieve her and get her to the beach, which has one very good cave in which they could shelter. So - that answer was a bit funny. Tom and Eva had more chance of falling in love, based on all the movies I've seen on the subject, if they had remained marooned for months or years. In fact, they remained together for barely 24 hours, during which time, no nude swimming over reefs teeming with tropical fish was possible - hence the problem with their love life.
Posted by phlip at February 9, 2004 04:52 PM

Hi Philip.
I love that coast-line, but it is both scary and magnificent, and to lean over tentatively and look at the swirling soup below is quite terrifying. The story is tragic and haunting, and one time when I was staying down there in July I did a bit of reading. Didn't get to the display at the Homestead though, and must return.
You wonder how could anyone survive the physical and mental trauma of a shipwreck that drowns your entire family only hours away from the long awaited destination. In the middle of nowhere.
You're right about the time scale (no "311 C4, 97 G9" movie there.) On the other hand, the condensed time frame would lend itself to theatre. I think there have been a few plays to date.
Posted by boynton at February 9, 2004 05:36 PM

You're right about 311 C4 97 G9, but I am at pains to point out that this is not the only relevent movie, in case you suspect you have plumbed the depths of my celluloid exposure with that flick. For example 251 K7 - the 1982 version that is. The moral of the story (although that is a funny word to bring in to this context) - spend some time together you are soon hooked. Now I put it that way, it sounds like 50% of Hollywood.

It was the middle of nowhere, apart from Glen Ample just down the road. This is another reason it lacks the classic film storyline. If Tom had needed to fight his way to Geelong, beating off marauding Kangaroos and Koalas all the way, it would be more like a movie.

I missed the plays. Wonder where I might need to go to catch them (or one of them)?
Posted by phlip at February 10, 2004 10:30 AM

Yes. Without knowing where they were, on the other side of the world, it could easily have been the middle of nowhere. It was fortunate that Glen Ample happened to be close by. I think that adds to the drama.
I don't think there have been any high profile plays - (could be wrong) an English one I read about, and a friend of mine (not me, actually) once wrote a radio play based on a few of these Great Ocean Road shipwrecks.
I can see Peter Weir directing this one, myself.
Posted by boynton at February 10, 2004 12:48 PM

Let's call him up. I'm sure our guidance would be invaluable to him! Perhaps you could get yourself an EP credit...
Posted by phlip at February 11, 2004 03:42 PM

Hi, i am in love with the ship The Loch Ard (the iron clipper that sunk on Shipwreck coast- Australia) i was just wondering if there was any information on the ship before she went down there is nothing on where she set sail (i know it was somewhere in scotland) from or any info on the crew etc. if any one has any info on her 4 me pls email me as im doing a project on her for school... my email is well thank you in advance, bye bye :o)
Posted by Chloe at August 11, 2004 10:40 AM

I think there is good info on the Loch Ard line in Jack Loney's book "The Loch Ard Disaster" - which you can still buy. A friend bought a copy at an Apollo Bay newsagent a few years ago.

And some info here
Posted by boynton at August 11, 2004 12:44 PM

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