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The Cruise of the Acheron Her Majesty’s Steam Vessel on Survey in New Zealand Waters 1848 –51 by Sheila Natusch, Published by Whitcoulls, 1978, 1st edition, hardcover, Pgs 190, illustrations, maps, sketches, sources, index.

Condition: In near new condition, minor fold tear top of front flap tidily repaired, boards show light rubbing at base of spine, no other markings or inscriptions within, clean and tidy throughout.

Sent out from England in 1848 the HMS Acheron was dispatched by the English admiralty to survey the coastline of the greater part of New Zealand. Taking up where Captain James Cook left off. In four years a greater part of the coastline was mapped with the information still appearing on charts over 100 years later. The Acheron was unique in that she was both a sailing ship and a steam driven paddle wheeler greatly aiding in the type of work she was engaged. The book has been primarily been written from the Acheron’s log and a comprehensive journal that was kept by Captain Stokes during the expedition. The book chronicles an important part of New Zealands early European history and what these early explorer, surveyors found. The book contains 95 illustrations (11 in colour) that were originated by artists aboard the sail/steam ship with many published for the first time. Please click here to ask a question
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