Serviette; Union Steam Ship Co of New Zealand Ltd; 20th century; 2013.12



About 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".


Union Steam Ship Co of New Zealand Ltd

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Date Made

20th century

Place Made


Medium and Materials

processed material, textile

Inscription and Marks

handwritten on edge of serviette in black ink:
S.S. Manuka. Wrecked Long Point. Dec. 1929.




l 650mm x w 670mm

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".

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