What colour is the sea? 5

July 7th, 2008, 4pm

This is Loch Ard Gorge near the famous “12 Apostles” at the other end of the Great Ocean Road from us. To judge the height of the cliffs and the breakers, note the people standing at the top of the cliff. The gorge is named for the clipper ship Loch Ard, which sank in a terrible storm in 1878, after a three-month journey from England to Melbourne. Only two of the fifty-four passengers and crew survived: Tom Pearce (15) a cabin boy and Eva Carmichael (17), a young Irishwoman immigrating with her family, all of whom drowned. According to memorials at the site, Pearce was washed ashore through this opening in the cliffs. He then proceeded to rescue Carmichael from the water after hearing her cries for help. He then climbed out of the gorge to raise the alarm with local pastoralists.

As for the colour of the sea, you tell me the name of this shade of green. Best suggestions have been tourmaline and jade.

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David Wade Chambers

Born in Oklahoma: 30 years in US. 6 years in Canada, 40 years in Australia. Academic field: history and philosophy of science. Currently, teach indigenous studies online at Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM) and Brandon University (Manitoba). Come visit our B&B on Australia's Great Ocean Road. Mate's Rates for Hi community! (http://www.cimarron.com.au)

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