Drawing, On Board SS Ruapehu Leaving for Wellington
Lawrence, Rona Katherine
Post 03 Feb 1931
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The drawing shows the back view of a girl and a boy standing by the rails on the deck of the SS Ruapehu. The ship is identified as the Ruapehu by two lifebelts which carry the ship's name. The children are looking towards Bluff Hill and the burning fires in Napier. Both fires are highlighted in red. A small vessel appears to be heading away from the fires towards two larger ships visible from the deck of the Ruapehu. The drawing depicts the evacuation of people from Napier via the freighters Northumberland and Ruapehu following the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake. In the distance the smoke from fires which burned in Napier for over 30 hours, can be seen.