Region inspires sea shanties

BAYSIDE BALLAD: Adam Hardcastle performs one of his original sea shanties ‘The Night we sighted the Otway’ at Port MacDonnell.

COMPOSING traditional sea shanties inspired by the Shipwreck Coast, Adam Hardcastle immersed himself in the life of a 19th century Portland resident last month.

Eating a Victorian-era diet and writing his “blog” by hand using calligraphy ink, Mr Hardcastle stepped back in time to tell stories from the point of view of locals living in the seaside town in the late 1800s.

“I lived in Portland for a month during June as an


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