Story: Seafarers

Complaints about the food

The quality of food provided for the crew often depended as much on the cleanliness of the vessel as the skill of the cook. Listen to Wally Caldwell describe the inadequate diet he endured on pre-war coal-burning vessels.

Using this item

Dunmore Press
Reference: Walter Caldwell, Kiwi in a crow's nest. Palmerston North: Dunmore, 1978, p. 90
Cartoon by Peter Watson

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Spectrum 293 - cockroaches and coalburners/Reference number CDR948)

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Neill Atkinson, 'Seafarers - Life at sea', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/9519/complaints-about-the-food (accessed 25 January 2022)

Story by Neill Atkinson, published 12 Jun 2006