Unloading a Dutch ship

Accession Number ART21343
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 40.6 x 56.3 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description pen and ink, watercolour on paper
Location Anzac Hall: Main Hall
Maker Mainwaring, Geoffrey
Place made New Guinea: Papua New Guinea, Papua, Milne Bay
Date made July 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

The dangers faced by merchant seamen in the Pacific war are well illustrated in this work by official war artist Geoffrey Mainwaring. A Dutch KPM vessels (possibly the Van Heutz) is unloaded at Gili Gili wharf, while the Chinese steamer Anshun, which was sunk by Japanese cruisers on the night of 6-7 September 1942, lies on its side nearby.