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The Sea is All Around Us – Cargo of concern

Today I check my website and can see that the  cup carrying seafarers are reaching warmer climates, they tell me it’s getting hot as some are already in Suva and Port Lautoka. I’ve watched the souvenirs travel and fan out from Melbourne, some West to Adelaide and Fremantle, others going north to Sydney Brisbane, Singapore and Busan. Another seafarer scans in from Changi Airport, excited to be going home f
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Day #11 – Dome Gallery – The Sea is All Around Us

Day #11 at the Dome Gallery, The Mission to Seafarers – Victoria. The last day of two very full and marvelous weeks, having sent over a 100 mugs on journeys with seafarers on 22 ships. The drawing is now washed away, as I erased it, I felt like I was tending the waves and cleaning the earth, and making journeys in reverse. Such a privilege to meet and spend time with seafarers, volunteers and the welcoming comm
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Day #10 Dome Gallery – The Sea is All Around Us

Day #10 at The Dome Gallery, The Mission to Seafarers – Victoria has welcomed Thai and Phillipino seafarers from the ships TASCO AMATA and LUCKY LIFE with real Australian Lamingtons. Last day tomorrow. I think the ship’s name LUCKY LIFE says it all.                    
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Day #9 at the Dome Gallery – The Sea is All Around Us

          Exciting breaking news, the mugs are now being scanned by seafarers!!!!. A big shout out to seafarers with mugs #1,#17,#5,#33, #35, #41 and thanks for scanning in from Adelaide, Sydney (and Melbourne). Today we welcomed Phillipino, Thai and Chinese seafarers, on the LUHE, M.V. PHILADELPHIA and TASCO AMATA.  I am struck by how seafaring touches our lives in many ways, 60 years ago today my parents (who had n
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Day #8, Dome Gallery – The Sea is All Around Us

Day #8 at the Dome Gallery, The Mission to Seafarers – Victoria and the shipping channels are filling up with the ANL BINDAREE and ELIZABETH SCHULTE being added to the visiting fleet today. New destinations added today include, Tauronga, Papiti, Long Beach and Oakland as well as Tianjun and Taicung in China. Visiting Seafarers today carrying cargo of tallow and stories of enduring difficult weather in the narro
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Day #6 at the Dome Gallery – The Sea is All Around Us

DAY#6 at the Dome Gallery, The Mission to Seafarers – Victoria. The project was officially launched with cake and tea and speeches and celebrations. Thanks to Bill Reid and Craig Bremner for fine speeches, Taf Woodward for cake and friends and colleagues for dropping in. Great to be able to welcome seafarers from FORUM PACIFIC, EASTERN HIGHWAY and HIGH PRESENCE.            
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Day #5 at the Dome Gallery – The Sea is All Around Us

DAY #5 at the Dome Gallery The Mission to Seafarers – Victoria. No power today so the mission was bathed in candlelight by this afternoon, but plenty of chalk and talk in the Dome to welcome seafarers from SANTOS EXPRESS, SAFMARINE MULANJE, GLORY ATLANTIC and HARVEST LEADER. Cups are on their way to Adelaide, Fremantle, Singapore, Tanjung Pelapas, Laem Chabang, Cochin and beyond. The first cup has been scanned
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Day #4 at the Dome Gallery The Sea is All Around Us

Seafarers from GLORY ATLANTIC and ANTWERP BRIDGE visited today. The power was off but plenty of visitors and the highlight was donning a hi-vis vest and hard hat and going with Ship’s Visitor Tony to board the PAN EIDELWEISS.   Met the captain and crew including cooks Adrian and Hercules who visited the gallery yesterday. Then afterwards a tour of the port in the Flying Angel bus. What a day! big thanks to Tony
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DAY #3 at the Dome Gallery The Sea is All Around Us

Rough weather for seafarers and ships with Melbourne’s weather feeling distinctly cold. The Dome was quite on the shipping front, but plenty of warm conversations, tea and cake to be had. Consulting my 1956 Book by Heather Childs on Drawing Decorative Maps is keeping me busy with researching symbols, cartouches and embellishments.           
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