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Fleet week, Auckland

Fleet week, Auckland

This remarkable scene on Queen Street, Auckland, with huge crowds, bunting and welcomes from around the country, was occasioned by the visit of the 'great white fleet' to Auckland in August 1908. The fleet of 16 battleships was sent by US President Theodore Roosevelt to circumnavigate the world as a demonstration of American naval power, and was warmly welcomed to New Zealand.

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How to cite this page:

Robert Ayson and Jock Phillips, 'United States and New Zealand - Early relations, 1790–1939', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 September 2023)

Story by Robert Ayson and Jock Phillips, published 20 Jun 2012