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Stephen Gavin
2003 - 2011
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Brig Elizabeth Jane - launched Nova Scotia 1817 - Lost July 1854 off the coast of Yorkshire - Found Robin Hood's Bay, July 2003

'Flag of Distress' - A photograph by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe

copyright The Sutcliffe Gallery, Whitby

The Flag of Distress, by Whitby photographer Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, is evocative of the fate of the brig Elizabeth Jane. Though Elizabeth Jane appears not to have been blown ashore in a storm, she was eventually washed onto the beach below 'Peak' at Ravenscar. Mary and Agnes appears to have been a similar size to Elizabeth Jane and so by using Sutcliffe's photograph, a dollop of imagination, and the watercolours of George Weatherill it is possible to visualise Elizabeth Jane's final hours. The Flag of Distress by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, courtesy The Sutcliffe Galery, Whitby.