Loading freighters, Haifa
ID numberART30282
Collection typeArt
TitleLoading freighters, Haifa
Measurementsheet: 38.4 cm x 47.5 cm [irregular]
Object typeDrawing
MakerHerbert, Harold
Place madeBritish Mandate of Palestine: Palestine
Date made1941
Physical descriptionpencil on paper
CopyrightCopyright expired - public domain
DescriptionDepicts freighters in the port of Haifa, Palestine (now in Israel) being loaded with war supplies. This was produced as part of the Syrian campaign series of 1941. The sharp linearity of the drawing draws the eye from the foreground back into the vastness of the docks. The ships are bulky and monstrous, conveying a sense of how many resources drove the war effort. The Syrian Campaign involved Australian troops, mostly from the 7th Division, fighting alongside allied troops against the Vichy French in Syria and Lebanon.