Found in New Plymouth, this piano was built for entertainment on sailing ships of the day. It is very small and compact with its foldaway keyboard, bolted to the wall to keep it from moving in heavy seas. The walnut case is beautifully finished and the lower doors open to increase the volume.

Sconces were needed to light up the music as there was no electricity on board the ship.

Its wooden frame is supported by steel beams, which means it can still be tuned and played today.

Lloyd Whittaker demonstrates the Sailing Ship Piano

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Financed by a grant from Waiheke Community Board.