The first French arrival was the explorer Jean François de Surville, in 1769. From the Hokianga he sailed north, unaware that Captain James Cook was simultaneously tracking North Cape. During a storm, the ship lost several anchors. Nearly 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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