THE WHALING JOURNAL OF CAPTAIN W. B. RHODES, BARQUE AUSTRALIAN OF SYDNEY, 1836-1838.

Straubel, C. R. (Introduction & notes by).


£35.00




Whitcombe & Tombs, Christchurch, 1st.ed., 1954. Xxxviii + 123 pp., frontis., + 4 other plates + chart. D.j., 23 x 14cm. V.G.+. This journal was kept by the pioneer of a family of notable New Zealand pastoralists, it describes the tough and hazardous life of a whaling ship master around 180 years ago during an important phase in the history of the colony. Captain Rhodes had to deal with a mutinous crew in Lyttelton Harbour in 1836, and assist in protecting settlers in the Bay of Islands during Maori unrest in 1837, observing the crusading wars of the first native king of Tonga. It provides a vivid chapter in the remarkable history of whaling under sail in the South Seas during this period. There are no fewer than 22 appendices as the voyage of the whaling barque AUSTRALIAN unfolds, from her sailing from Sydney on her two-year cruise to New Zealand and the waters around the islands of the South-west Pacific.


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