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Never say die

In a last ditch bid to keep alive, 28-year old James McIntosh ate his hat as he sat freezing in an open boat lost in the Arctic Ocean. Starvation, exposure and madness from drinking seawater had already killed the other four men who’d entered the small boat with him, days before.

The boat McIntosh struggled to survive in belonged to the whaling ship ‘Chieftan’. Her crew had launched out from the mother ship in pursuit of bottle-nosed whales but the small boat was swallowed in fog and contact with Chieftan was lost. The Chieftan was part of Victorian Dundee’s whaling fleet, a desperate trade causing the destruction of men, ships and beautiful sea creatures.

More days drifted past until finally McIntosh was found. He was hacked out of the frozen boat and ultimately shipped back to Dundee. Both his legs had to be amputated below the knee. Even so, he’d survived the ordeal and became a level-crossing attendant at Broughty Ferry and something of a local celebrity. He married and had six sons and four daughters.


This print is pulled from an engraving cut from a sheet of rubber, a variation of letterpress. After removal of areas that are to be left as white paper, the rubber sheet is then rolled up with ink and pressed to paper, producing the print. The technique does not accommodate reprinting, so the edition is forever fixed at 7 copies.

This print will fit straight into a standard 10x12 inch frame.

Materials used:

Black oil based printing ink, Hahnemuhle etching paper 300gsm

Never say die (2016)

$31.45

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  • From a limited edition of 7
  • Size: 10 × 12 in (unframed) / 5 × 6.25 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed and numbered on the front
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