Chair, saloon; Union Steam Ship Co of New Zealand Ltd; 20th century; CT02.4062

Name/Title

Chair, saloon

About this object

Saloon chair; a saloon chair from the S.S. Manuka. Constructed from varnished wood and cast iron, the chair is raised on three, ornately cast metal legs and has a round seat and rounded, wooden back inlaid with the cypher of the Union Steamship Co, New Zealand Ltd. The seat features a removable tapestry cushion, beneath which is woven cane. The cushion was removed when sailing through the tropics, the cane being cooler to sit on.

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

Place Made

[?]

Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, wood
processed material, metal
processed material, textile
organic, vegetal, stem, cane

Inscription and Marks

Inlaid cypher: "USSCNZL"

Measurements

h 915mm x l 450mm x w 450mm
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

CT02.4062

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

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