Weekend Wanderings: Loch Ard Gorge
The trip to Apollo Bay is over now and time to get back to reality. I had an absolutely fantastic time with Karen from daysandmonths and I I hope it won’t be the last time we get together. We are still spending today together before she heads home.
The other day we did travel around the Great Ocean Road and one of the places we ended up at was Loch Ard Gorge. There is a story that goes with it and I’m going to let Wikipedia explain it:
The Loch Ard departed England on 1 March 1878, bound for Melbourne, commanded by Captain Gibb and with a crew of 17 men. It was carrying 37 passengers and assorted cargo. On 1 June, the ship was approaching Melbourne and expecting to sight land when it encountered heavy fog. Unable to see the Cape Otway lighthouse, the captain was unaware how close he was running to the coast. The fog lifted around 4am, revealing breakers and cliff faces. Captain Gibb quickly ordered sail to be set to come about and get clear of the coast, but they were unable to do so in time, and ran aground on a reef. The masts and rigging came crashing down, killing some people on deck and preventing the lifeboats from being launched effectively. The ship sank within 10 or 15 minutes of striking the reef.
The only two survivors of the wreck were Eva Carmichael, who survived by clinging to a spar for five hours, and Thomas (Tom) R. Pearce, an apprentice who clung to the overturned hull of a lifeboat. Tom Pearce came ashore first, then heard Eva’s shouts and went back into the ocean to rescue her. They came ashore at what is now known as Loch Ard Gorge and sheltered there before seeking assistance.
We knew the story when we went and when we went down to the bottom of Loch Ard Gorge, we did get a funny sense of eeriness, like a feeling of isolation. It was weird. We knew the steps were there, but you couldn’t help feeling how scared Tom and Eva must have been there. There is no way out except to scale the high cliffs. I think we were lucky that we were the only ones there at the time.
I am going to leave you with a gallery now. I tried to pick images that would help give you that sense of isolation and I hope you can feel it too. I’m slowly trying to catch up with everything and all your comments. It is the start of the weekend here and I hope you have some great plans.