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Leonard Robertson, the Whangaroa & La Bella by Jack Churchouse. Millwood Press, 1982.

Hard covers, 162 pages, b+w photos, dust wrapper. Book very good condition. Wrapper has tear at rear by spine (see photo) and much smaller tear on front.

“Among the first sailing ships in which Leonard Robertson served was the three-masted topsail scow Whangaroa, built in 1893 and abandoned in mid-Tasman in 1911 when her bottom fell out. The career of this colourful scow has been pieced together from newspaper reports of the day.

The steel barqentine La Bella, in which Leonard Robertson was second mate when she was wrecked in tragic circumstances, was a typical inter-colonial trader. What sets her apart are her owner's business records which have survived, thereby allowing a fascinating insight to be gained into ship-owning in that era.

Little has been written about New Zealand's sailing ships and so this volume fills an important gap in our maritime literature." Please click here to ask a question
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