Unloading Aircraft (HMS Ocean)

Place Asia: Japan, Kure
Accession Number ART40004
Collection type Art
Measurement Unframed: 40 x 45.5 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas on plywood
Maker Norton, Frank
Place made Japan: Kure
Date made 1952
Conflict Korea, 1950-1953

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


In this painting by official war artist Frank Norton of HMAS Commonwealth Naval base 'Damaged aircraft are being transferred from HMS Ocean to a lighter before being towed by No.1 tug to RAAF workshops at Iwakuni (a tow of 50 miles). This 40 ton floating crane is self propelled (speed 3 knots), manned by a Japanese Master and crew and is part of RAN tug control.' In the foreground a Royal Australian Navy workboat and barges are visible. Norton noted that the barges on the right were having their sides painted by male and female Japanese dock workers.