Story: Charting the sea floor

‘HMS the Acheron’ (2nd of 2)

‘HMS the Acheron’

The Acheron was a 655-tonne wooden paddle steamer which also had sails. Between 1848 and 1851 it surveyed much of the New Zealand coast. Many of the charts created by its crew were used for the next century. By the time the New Zealand navy obtained its first survey vessel, the Lachlan, in 1949, the majority of available charts were nearly 100 years old.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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How to cite this page:

Lionel Carter, 'Charting the sea floor - First charts of New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 July 2024)

Story by Lionel Carter, published 12 Jun 2006