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Page from Engine Room log book

Date: 1860s - 1870s
Dimensions:
Overall: 330 x 215 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Pat Mundle
Object Copyright: © William Gray
Classification:Books and journals
Object Name: Manuscript
Object No: 00048041

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    Description
    A page from an Engine Room log book from the 1860s and 1870s.
    SignificanceThis Engine Room log book is a rare copy of voyage details for several coastal and trans-Tasman steamships from the 1860s and 70s. It also contains poetry composed on these voyages.
    HistoryThe log book relates to material from ship model maker E B Bell. It contains information from voyages of the SS FENWICK, SS NORTHUMBERLAND, SS AUCKLAND and HMS BRITON from the 1860s and the SS WONGA WONGA and SS KAIKOURA from the 1870s. The screw steamers operated from New Zealand.

    There are several specifications for the construction of screw steamers, two by James Laing at Deptford yard Sunderland for the mail service between San Francisco and Australia.

    The book also contains several poems with religious and nautical themes, some of which are annotated as being written whilst on various passages of the ships in the log book.
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