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Vases - Blue Glass, circa 1878 Object Reg. No: SH 880479

Pair of blue glass vases, possibly made it France and alleged to have been recovered from the Loch Ard wreck by the donor's great-grandfather William James and his brother James James. The two men were shipwrights and were allegedly given salvage rights (although this cannot be substantiated.)

The Loch Ard departed England for Melbourne on 2 March 1878. Commanded by Captain Gibbs, with a crew of 17, the ship was carrying 37 passengers and various cargo, much of it for the Melbourne 1880 International Exhibition. On 1 June, the ship was expecting to sight land when it encountered heavy fog. When the fog lifted around 4am, the crew were greeted with heavy breakers and a cliff face, unable to clear the coast in time the Loch Ard ran aground on a reef. The masts and rigging came crashing down, and the ship sank within 10 or 15 minutes of striking the reef.

There were only two survivors of the wreck, Eva Carmichael, who survived by clinging to a spar for five hours, and Thomas R. Pearce, an apprentice who clung to the overturned hull of a lifeboat. Tom came ashore, then returned to the Ocean to rescue Eva, after hearing her shouts. Following the wreck much of the ship's cargo was recovered, surprisingly largely intact.
Pair of blue glass vases, with rounded bases and fluted tops. The vases would have made by blown into a mould and hand-shaped at the fluted top with pincers. The clearer glass handle would have been added afterwards.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Rusden, 1988
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 30.00 cm (Height), 17.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: shipwrecks, vases, glassware, decorative arts, exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Transport Collection, Getting In, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2003-2015
Primary Classification: DOMESTIC LIFE
Secondary Classification: Furnishings
Tertiary Classification: vases
Place & Date Made: France, circa 1878

Other Association (See Comments): Loch Line, Victoria, Australia, circa 1878

Possible salvaged from this wreck

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