Diary of Tom Newman Evans on his voyage from London to Wellington, New Zealand, on board the RIMUTAKA.

Diary of Tom Newman Evans on his voyage from London to Wellington, New Zealand on board the RIMUTAKA, 23 June 1898 - 4 October 1898. It goes into detail about how time was passed during long distance sea travel at the end of the nineteenth century, from concerts and games to periods of sickness (at one point Newman describes as the ship “looking more like a floating hospital”). The diary includes descriptions of the many places they passed through, including Cape Town (with sketch), the Bay at Funchal, Madeira, and a description of the Aurora. It also includes descriptions of activities for the first and second class passengers such as an egg and spoon race, concerts, plays and other diversions. They experienced some very severe weather, exacerbated by port holes that weren’t properly secured which resulted in some cabins flooding. Newman also describes the layout of the deck (with a sketch) explaining that he shared a cabin with other passengers (including his brother, J. Morrison from Shetland, and Bob Davis). The diary ends with Tom and his brother William landing in Wellington and searching for employment.

Object Details

ID: JOD/343
Type: Manuscript
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Evans, Tom Newman
Date made: 1898
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: 1 folder
Parts: Journals and Diaries (Manuscript)

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