Cap du Couëdic

Cap du Couëdic

And Cape de Couedic as the Australians use to call it. It’s to be found on Kangeroo Island off the coast of South Australia.

The French explorer Nicolas Baudin named it in honour of his friend, a sea captain, Charles Louis, Chevalier du Couëdic et Seigneur de Kergoualer (Bretagne). He was a French naval officer who was engaged in exploring, but also fought in the 7 year war between France and England and the war for independence of The United States of America.

He died of his wounds three months after an heroic sea battle off the island d’Quessant (Bretagne, 6th October 1779) between his own command, the frigate La Surveillante and HMS the frigate Quebec commanded by captain George Farmer. When the Quebec exploded the French captain used his only remaining sloop to rescue the surviving British sailors, who then joined forces with the French, to get the nearly wrecked Surveillante into the port of Brest. Chivalrously they were treated as castaways and not made prisoners of war. For interests’ sake you could look at this link “The pilot’s song”

As part of a two week stay in Adelaide we spent one day on Kangaroo Island. A very able, kind and informed (American) touring bus driver took us all over the place, showing all the nice and interesting spots of this beautiful island.

At the end of the day we travelled through the Chase Flinders National Park towards Cape du Couedic. It was this road which inspired this print.

At the Cape, looking South, I really felt that it was the end of all land. Just the Southern Ocean and the sky above it meeting at the horizon, beyond there is only water, ice and penguins.

It’s a simple reduction print in linoleum, printed in black and using three colours for the first impression.

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