Kirkcudbright’s prince of Denmark: and her voyages in the by David R. Collin

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By David R. Collin

This is the tale of the strangely lengthy and engaging profession of a small Scottish schooner spent basically within the southern hemisphere. From the development of the vessel to the careers of these who sailed in her, the tale is filled with rogues, heroes, the well-known and notorious, in addition to traditional humans evenly going approximately their day-by-day company in tempestuous and hard times.

Visionary colonists, whalers, sealers, Maoris, botanists, butchers, missionaries, cannibals, convicts, aristocrats, explorers and extra are associated during this narrative and thereby exemplify the braveness, ability and imaginative and prescient of people that event hassle, risk and adversity of their quest for riches in colonial lands.

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The displacement of a ship represents her true weight, but is of course difficult to calculate accurately. Expressions of tonnage are usually derived from a formula designed to provide an indicative measure of her cargo-carrying capacity. In the mid-18th century, a typical formula would involve multiplying the ship’s length on deck by her breadth at the mid-point of her length, and again by the depth from the underside of the deck to the outside of her external skin at the pump well. The total figure would then have been divided by 130 in order to produce the registered tonnage.

The accumulation of his experiences in the Royal Navy and on board the Lord Sidmouth ensured that the Rev. Henry Williams had seen both violence and the seamier side of life. This was to stand him in good stead when he 40 Merchants, Mystery, Missionaries and Maoris The Rev. Archdeacon Henry Williams (Courtesy of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand) travelled with the Rev. Samuel Marsden to the Bay of Islands in 1823 and took charge of the mission at Paihia. Just prior to the opening of the whaling season on 28 March 1831, the Samuel, commanded by Captain Anglem, landed 500 seal skins and 10 tons of flax at Sydney.

It now seems evident that William W. Stewart of the Pegasus and not Captain Stewart of the Prince of Denmark was the person who charted Stewart Island, and after whom it was named. Captain Stewart may not have directly claimed to be the person concerned, but he apparently did nothing to dissuade those who had jumped to the wrong conclusion. The association of his name with Stewart Island was to be of considerable advantage to him in his efforts throughout his career to establish trading posts, colonies and a variety of other enterprises.

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