Kirkcudbright's Prince of Denmark: and her voyages in the South seas

Kirkcudbright's Prince of Denmark: and her voyages in the South seas

by David R. Collin


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This is the story of the unusually long and interesting career of a small Scottish schooner spent primarily in the southern hemisphere. From the construction of the vessel to the careers of those who sailed in her, the story is full of rogues, heroes, the famous and infamous, as well as ordinary people calmly going about their daily business in tempestuous and difficult times.

Visionary colonists, whalers, sealers, Maoris, botanists, butchers, missionaries, cannibals, convicts, aristocrats, explorers and more are linked in this narrative and thereby exemplify the courage, skill and vision of people who experience hardship, danger and adversity in their quest for riches in colonial lands.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849950886
Publisher: Whittles Publishing
Publication date: 09/02/2013
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

David R. Collin is a retired chartered architect who spent some years in Fiji and is an enthusiast for all types of boats.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements v

Preface vii

1 An Old Caledonian Beginning 1

2 Following in the Wake 8

3 A Colonial Venture 12

4 Merchants, Mystery, Missionaries and Maoris 31

5 A Curious and Rich Old Fellow 52

6 The Ship's Logs 60

7 The Whale Trade 64

8 Below Decks 70

9 The Isles of the Navigators 73

10 Kelly's Boom Years 98

11 The End of Shore Whaling 106

12 A Troubled Voyage 116

13 Planks, Palings and Petty Crime 130

14 A Chinese Banquet 139

15 From Sea Slugs to Sperm Whales 144

16 A New Caledonian Ending 152

17 A Ghostly Rising 156

Epilogue 166

Appendix 1 Fitting out at Hobart Town 168

Appendix 2 A Voyage from Hobart Town to Two Fold Bay 174

Appendix 3 Whaling at Recherche Bay (1) 177

Appendix 4 A Voyage to Portland Bay 180

Appendix 5 A Voyage from Hobart Town to Launceston 186

Appendix 6 Whaling at Recherche Bay (2) 191

Appendix 7 Owners of the schooner Prince of Denmark 195

Glossary 197

Information sources 203

Credits 207

Index 209

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