In 1882 the ships Benvenue and City of Perth broke their moorings in heavy seas, the Benvenue running aground at Timaru beach. The crews took to lifeboats and reached the safety of the breakwater. An attempt was then made to save the drifting City of Perth. A number of surfboats and whaleboats were launched. Several capsized in the mountainous seas, drowning nine men. John Gibb’s 1883 painting, ‘After the storm’, shows the stricken Benvenue beneath the (subsequently named) Benvenue cliffs.
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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Oil painting by John Gibb
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