Serviette; Union Steam Ship Co of New Zealand Ltd; 20th century; 2013.12
ServietteAbout this object
Serviette; white damask with added lace trim. The serviette was obtained from relatives in the Owaka area. The lace trim is thought to have been added by Mrs Peat, the donor. It is also thought to have washed up on the beach after the wreck of the S.S. Manuka.
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".
20th centuryPlace Made
processed material, textileInscription and Marks
handwritten on edge of serviette in black ink:
S.S. Manuka. Wrecked Long Point. Dec. 1929.
l 650mm x w 670mm
From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".Object Type