Story: Seafarers

Sailors’ embroidery

Sailors’ embroidery

Handicrafts often occupied the leisure hours at sea – many seamen produced scrimshaw (decorated whales’ teeth or bone), drew or painted, fashioned items from twine or canvas, or built model ships. In 1880 sailors on the steamship Canterbury embroidered this colourful design.

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Neill Atkinson, 'Seafarers - Life at sea', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/5375/sailors-embroidery (accessed 25 January 2022)

Story by Neill Atkinson, published 12 Jun 2006