Print [S.S. Splendid]; CT78.371


Print [S.S. Splendid]

About this object

Print; a black and white print depicting a large sailing ship, and a smaller ship at sea. This is believed to be the S.S. Splendid, which was originally a whaling ship in used Foveaux Strait, later in Port Chalmers and finally in the Bay of Islands.

Medium and Materials

processed material, paper
processed material, glass
organic, vegetal, wood


h 20mm x l 550mm x w 445mm

Subject and Association Keywords

fisheries, whaling

Credit Line

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

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Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

Allan Jon 23 Oct 2014 02:08 AM,UTC

Notably in 1880, while she was docked in Port Chalmers, the Otago Daily Times published a lively account of the Splendid’s whaling efforts under Captain Soule, around the South Seas (including several diverse locations such as Stewart Island and Wallis Island). That account spoke not only of the capture of whales but also of the danger to crew during events such as a whaling boat being destroyed when it went under the Splendid - with its crew needing to be fished out of the ocean - and in a separate incident the boat-steerer, John Oaho, breaking his leg whilst cutting in a whale after it was killed.