MV Joyvita Launch at Parliament

The MV Joyita was a small island trading ship that disappeared on a voyage from Samoa to Tokelau in 1955 with 25 passengers & crew on board. The ship was found 5 weeks later some 600 kilometers away but there was no trace of the people, nor any indication of what had gone wrong.

I was asked to photograph an event at Parliament where two plagues were being unveiled that listed the names of those that disappeared. One plague will go to Samoa and the other to Tokelau. The event was attended by relatives and descendants of the passengers and crew. It was quite a moving event.

I was not aware how anal the security guards at Parliament were about people with cameras, as I got told off when I took a photo in the passageway outside of the function room.

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