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This is an auction for THE CRUISE OF THE ACHERON by Sheila Natusch.

Subtitled "Her Majesty's steam vessel on survey in New Zealand waters 1848-1851".

"The Acheron is one of a select company of famous ships whose names will always remain prominent in New Zealand history. It was sent out from Britain under orders of the Admiralty to make the first full and accurate survey of the coasts and harbours of New Zealand. This survey took place over a four year period, from 1848 to 1851. The shore and shipboard journal and the formal log were both used by the author in the writing of this book. The 95 illustrations in the book follow the course of the voyage out via the Cape of Good Hope and Australia, but relate mainly to the New Zealand survey. They have been selected from an amazing amount of surviving material. Many are reproduced for the first time."

From the Encyclopedia of New Zealand:

"HM surveying ship Acheron, with HM brig Pandora, charted the coasts between 1848 and 1855. This vessel was a barque rigged, five-gun paddle-wheel sloop of 722 tons which had been launched at Sheerness in 1838. The Acheron was 150 ft long and had a beam of 33 ft. She carried a crew of 100. She was the first surveying vessel in these waters to be fitted with auxiliary power – an engine developing 170 hp. This proved of great assistance in the work of surveying the west coast of the South Island but she also charted the major portion of the coast and harbours. She gave her name to the deep (Acheron) passage between Dusky and Breaksea Sounds."

Hardback 1978.

190 pages.

Photographs throughout.

Illustrations throughout.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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