Starboard lookout, HMAS Arunta

Place Approximate locations: At sea
Accession Number ART21521
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet (sight): 28 x 21.8 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pen and ink with wash on paper
Maker Adams, Dennis
Place made At sea
Date made January 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


The Tribal class destroyers such as "Arunta" have lookout positions on either side of the bridge. These are combination swivel seats with a bracket to hold the binoculars. Lookouts are relieved at least every half hour to prevent fatigue. Their duties are to search the sea and sky and report anything unusual seen from right ahead to right abeam. On the inside of the plating of this position silhouettes of aircraft have been posted to assist the lookout to identify aircraft.