Tall Ships leave Sydney Harbour - Chilean ship The Esmeralda

I was privileged to be aboard the tugboat 'Bronzewing' the other week, when the Chilean tall ship, The Esmeralda, left Sydney Harbour. In order for our own tall ship, "The James Craig' to maneuver, she needs a tug, so we went along for the ride on a rather historic day. The weather was perfect! Conditions, calm. And we were lucky to have a naval artist onboard, Jane Bennett, who worked tirelessly the whole cruise to capture moments of sky and sail so beautifully. more of Jane's paintings here

How fantastic to be in the presence of two spectacular ships of yesteryear, powered (mostly) by sail. The James Craig is owned, maintained and operated for harbour tours and longer treks around the Australian coastline by The Sydney Heritage Fleet, a volunteer organisation run completely on donations. The Esmeralda is used by the Chilean Navy to train their recruits and has an active social life. Enjoy my pics! 
cheers, Dawn
Esmeralda (c) Dawn Meredith

Esmeralda (c) Dawn Meredith

Esmeralda & The James Craig (c) Dawn Meredith

Esmeralda & The James Craig (c) Dawn Meredith

The James Craig, Sydney Harbour (c) Dawn Meredith

The James Craig (c) Dawn Meredith

Sydney Harbour Bridge (c) Dawn Meredith

Sydney Opera House (c) Dawn Meredith

Artist Jane Bennett (c) Dawn Meredith


  1. I love the photo that you took of me painting the tall ship sailing against the sunset! I'm going to frame a few of them for the stand of the Frances Keevil Gallery at the Double Bay Festival on the 4th November.They have always wanted me to paint some Eastern suburbs subjects & it was such an unusual opportunity to paint South Head, Shark Island & Watson's Bay from a tugboat.

    1. It was such a beautiful day, wasn't it? Glad to have met you and seen your work, Jane! Dx


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