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Ship on Shore-The Story of the Osprey
Jane Foster

The small naval brig-of-war, HMS Osprey was built in Portsmouth, England in early 1844 & was totally wrecked at Herekino on the north-western cost of NZ in March 1846.
She was part of an experimental squadron then operating within the British Navy and played a modest but honourable role in the service and in NZ’s early European history

The 6 months spent around the northern coasts of New Zealand are recorded in some detail, with a leaven of human incident.

Her charting & surveying on the New Zealand coast, whilst not as dramatic as chasing pirates, as she had previously done in South-east Asia, was equally valuable in making parts of the then poorly mapped coastline safer to ships “passing on their lawful occasions”

Hardback book with d/j in good condition
Pub. 1982 Rowfant Books, Wellington
23.7 x 16.2 x 1.9 cm 144 pages

Buyer to pay postage $3 or collect from Sturges Road, Henderson
Happy to combine postage/purchases

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  • Seller location: Waitakere City, Auckland, NZ

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