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.
David R. Collin is a retired chartered architect who spent some years in Fiji and is an enthusiast for all types of boats.
An Old Caledonian Beginning; Following in the Wake; A Colonial Venture; Merchants, Mystery, Missionaries and Maoris; A Curious and Rich Old Fellow; The Ship's Logs; The Whale Trade; Below Decks; The Isles of the Navigators; Kelly's Boom Years; The End of Shore Whaling; A Troubled Voyage; Planks, Palings and Petty Crime; A Chinese Banquet; From Sea-slugs to Sperm Whales; A New Caledonian Ending; A Ghostly Rising; Epilogue; Sources; Glossary; Appendices; Index