Rata Ship on the Whanganui River

K V James, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in circa 1929-1940. The place where it was made is unknown.
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About the Work
"This oil on canvas captures the time of coastal shipping when Whanganui was an important coastal port. It reminds me of my early days when, as a Trainee Manager with the Shell Oil Company, their lovely coastal tanker M V Tanea, of some 3000 tons, used to cross our bar to off-load gasoline for the region. For our port, this was a large ship and required the right tide, bar depth and conditions to navigate into port. Quite a crowd would gather to watch her arrival."
Donald Trott, Executive Chairman of the NZ Opera School, for the Dec 2019 instalment of the My Choice exhibition series.
Frame 485 x 635 mm
oil on canvas
Painting of a black steam ship with red mast and RATA attached on prow in yellow lettering, unloading coal on a wooden wharf on the Whanganui River. Rocks line the waters edge, a pulley carries containers of coal beyond the picture.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of Barbara Pettigrew, in memory of her father Walter James White, 2018
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
29 Nov 2018



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