Journal of a Cruise among the Islands of the Western Pacific, including the Feejees and others inhabited by the Polynesian negro races, in Her Majesty's ship Havannah…. John Elphinstone ERSKINE.
Journal of a Cruise among the Islands of the Western Pacific, including the Feejees and others inhabited by the Polynesian negro races, in Her Majesty's ship Havannah…
Journal of a Cruise among the Islands of the Western Pacific, including the Feejees and others inhabited by the Polynesian negro races, in Her Majesty's ship Havannah…

Journal of a Cruise among the Islands of the Western Pacific.
Journal of a Cruise among the Islands of the Western Pacific, including the Feejees and others inhabited by the Polynesian negro races, in Her Majesty's ship Havannah…

London: John Murray, 1853.

Octavo, colour frontispiece and six full-page plates, three of them in colour, a folding map and a number of vignettes; a good copy in the original mauve embossed cloth, gilt vignette of native weapons on front cover, spine sunned.

Excellent personal narrative of two years cruising the Pacific

An important description of the culture of the Pacific Islands, and travels and adventures on a voyage that started from Russell in New Zealand in 1849, and toured the islands of the Western Pacific - Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and New Caledonia, the New Hebrides, the Loyalty Islands and New Caledonia - and in 1850 visited the Solomons, ending in Port Jackson. Erskine (1805-1887), naval officer, was appointed to the Havannah as senior officer on the Australian station in February 1848. 'Lively and intelligent, Erskine was popular in Sydney society, became friendly with the Macarthur family and in 1851 published his description of a visit to the goldfields in A Short Account of the Late Discoveries of Gold in Australia… Erskine returned to England in 1852… was appointed vice admiral in 1864 and in 1865 was elected MP for Stirlingshire' (ADB).

An important description of the culture of the Pacific Islands, and travels and adventures on a voyage that started from Russell in New Zealand in 1849, and toured the islands of the Western Pacific - Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and New Caledonia, the New Hebrides, the Loyalty Islands and New Caledonia - and in 1850 visited the Solomons, ending in Port Jackson. Erskine (1805-1887), naval officer, was appointed to the Havannah as senior officer on the Australian station in February 1848. 'Lively and intelligent, Erskine was popular in Sydney society, became friendly with the Macarthur family and in 1851 published his description of a visit to the goldfields in A Short Account of the Late Discoveries of Gold in Australia… Erskine returned to England in 1852… was appointed vice admiral in 1864 and in 1865 was elected MP for Stirlingshire' (ADB).

A long appendix prints the recollections of John Jackson of his two years spent in the islands, kidnapped by Samoan islanders from a South Sea whaler out of Sydney in 1840. He later worked in the sandalwood trade, and acted as the interpreter on HMS Fly, on which he returned to Sydney in 1850.

Abbey, Travel, 602; Ferguson, 9463; Hill, 568.

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