From the Collection: My Favourite Piece

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
WINDWARD souvenir; cruise of the yacht WINDWARD Easter 1913  (L1997.65.1) Courtesy of the Edmiston Trust

For Easter I thought I’d share my favourite thing in the New Zealand Maritime Museum collection, on loan to us from the Edmiston Trust.

This beautiful bound album of watercolours was decorated and presented to William Swinnerton as a “as a token of esteem” by Albert H. Hooper.  It documents a cruise taken by Hooper and Swinnerton at Easter in 1913, with decorated pages and watercolour paintings of the locations they visited.  The cruise was to Great Barrier Island, Cape Colville and the Coromandel.

William Swinnerton was an Auckland yachtsman who hired WINDWARD from the owners, the Geddes brothers, for a few seasons. The yacht WINDWARD was built by the Logan Bros in 1896. 

Albert H. Hooper was a commercial artist who later became a member of the Quoin Club.

Here are some of the album’s pages.

From Anne Harlow, Registrar, New Zealand Maritime Museum