NATHALIE MIEBACH

   

The Singing Sailors of Sable Island
18”x16”x26”(h)
Paper rush, wood, data, 2014

Using buoy and weather data from the Perfect Storm that came through New England in October 1991, this piece tracks the sinking of the Andrea Gail near Sable Island, Nova Scotia. Known as “The Graveyard of the Atlantic”, this small strip of land holds the memory of the last desperate hours of many, many sailors. The song referenced is called “the Ghostly Crew”, an old fishing shanty that tells of ghostly crews that visit ships in peril.