Story: Missions and missionaries

Burning of the Boyd

Burning of the Boyd

In revenge for the cruel treatment of one of their chiefs, Whangaroa Māori attacked and burned a visiting ship, the Boyd, in 1809. This 1839 drawing shows two dead sailors in the foreground. Three waka (canoes) are heading for the ship, while other Māori are already climbing its rigging. The massacre held up Samuel Marsden's plans to start a mission in the Bay of Islands.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0034-2-390
Engraving by Louis Auguste de Sainson

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Peter J. Lineham, 'Missions and missionaries - First missionaries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 April 2024)

Story by Peter J. Lineham, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 8 Aug 2018