A tall wooden folding washstand unit from the steamer Waverley. A central compartment in the washstand folds out on a hinge to reveal a basin and tap. The washstand is topped by an adjustable mirror and two small drawers are directly below the mirror. There is a one large hinged compartment and two smaller ones below the basin compartment. These open to reveal plain shelving inside. The main compartment has the interlocking letters "ASC" carved inside a circle on the front.
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This washstand was one of the fittings on the 77 ton coastal steamer Waverley which was commissioned by the Pātea Steam Shipping Company in 1883.
An Evening Post report on the ship’s first visit to Wellington praised its cedar and crimson velvet upholstery, its “neat little smoking room” and its “ladies” cabin. The “snug” cabins housing the officers were another feature noted in the report.
Waverley quickly became a common sight in South Taranaki carrying passengers, produce and livestock and it turned a handsome profit of £4,359 in the 1885-86 trading year.
The vessel was sold to a Nelson shipping company in 1886 but it continued to visit Pātea, stranding a total of seven times. It was bought by another Pātea meat company in 1916 that used her refrigerated holds to transport frozen meat to Wellington.
Waverley was dismantled in 1928 and her hulk was washed up into the Wairau Lagoon near Blenheim where she was later used for target practice by the New Zealand Army.
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