Chair, saloon; Union Steam Ship Co of New Zealand Ltd; 20th century; CT07.4787

Name/Title

Chair, saloon

About this object

Saloon chair; a saloon chair from the S.S. Manuka. Constructed of varnished wood, the chair has four carved legs and a round seat with brown, leather cushion. The back is rounded and carved with the number '52' and the cypher of the Union Steamship Co, New Zealand.

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

Union Steam Ship Co of New Zealand Ltd

Maker Role

[?]

Date Made

20th century

Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, wood
processed material, metal
processed material, leather

Inscription and Marks

Carved into chair back: "52" and "USSCNZL"

Technique

carpentered

Technique

carved

Technique

varnished

Technique

covered

Measurements

h 810mm x l 540mm x w 540mm
Large

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".

Object Type

furniture

Object number

CT07.4787

Rights

All rights reserved

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