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The anchor from the St Jean Baptiste (1st of 2)

The anchor from the St Jean Baptiste

The first French arrival was the explorer Jean François de Surville, in 1769. From the Hokianga he sailed north, unaware that Lieutenant James Cook was simultaneously sailing past North Cape in the opposite direction. During a storm, the ship lost several anchors. More than 200 years later, in 1974, two were recovered by divers. One is now held in Te Ahu Heritage in Kaitāia (shown here) and the other in Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington.

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Tessa Copland, 'French - Explorers and missionaries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 May 2022)

Story by Tessa Copland, published 8 Feb 2005, reviewed & revised 1 Feb 2016