Story: Shipping

Ships off Kororāreka

Ships off Kororāreka

In the early 1800s whale ships from Britain, the United States and a host of other nations crowded New Zealand waters, drawn by firewood, water, provisions and Māori prostitutes. American flags predominate in Louis Le Breton’s depiction of Kororāreka (modern-day Russell) in 1840.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Hand-coloured lithograph after a drawing by Louis Le Breton, 1840

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Gavin McLean, 'Shipping - The era of sail', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Jan 2016