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Box; Light, W; 20th century; CT78.607

Box; Light, W; 20th century; CT78.607
About this object
Box; a rectangular, wooden box with removable lid. Made out of wood from the S.S. Manuka, by W Light, a former teacher at Houipapa.

The wreck of the Manuka was described by A R Tyrell in his book, Catlins Pioneering: "The Manuka, a Union Steamship Company, twin-screw steamer sunk in 1929 after striking a reef below Long Point. After an uncomfortable long night in the lifeboats, 203 passengers and crew landed safely on a nearby beach. From there they had to cross the paddocks to a road from where they were transported to Owaka.

A marine inquiry found that the ship had been south of her supposed position and that the casualty was due to an abnormal westerly set. The captain, officers and crew were praised for their actions after the accident".

Maker Role
Date Made
20th century
Medium and Materials
organic, vegetal, wood
h 75mm x l 190mm x w 135mm

Subject and Association Keywords
navigation. merchant marine, shipwrecks and fires
Credit Line
From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".
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