Lifebuoys ; Union Steam Ship Co of New Zealand Ltd; 20th century; 2011.249

Name/Title

Lifebuoys

About this object

Lifebuoys; a pair of ring-shaped lifebuoys from the S.S. Manuka. The rings are painted red and white and feature the logo of the Union Steamship Co, and the words: "T.S.S. Manuka, Wellington".

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

Maker

Date Made

20th century

Place Made

[?]

Inscription and Marks

Printed: "T.S.S. MANUKA / WELLINGTON"

Measurements

di 740mm x w 110mm
Large

Subject and Association Keywords

navigation. merchant marine, shipwrecks and fires

Subject and Association Keywords

transportation and communications, shipping

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".

Object Type

equipment

Object number

2011.249

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

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