Historical Records of New Zealand
Missionary Letters.—Rev. S. Marsden’s Voyages to New Zealand. — (Taken from his Journals.)
Missionary Letters.—Rev. S. Marsden’s Voyages to New Zealand.
(Taken from his Journals.)
First Voyage.—On November 9th, 1814, the Rev. S. Marsden embarked on board the “Active,“ at Port Jackson, and sailed for New Zealand, arriving at the North Cape on Dec. 16th. He left Whangaroa on February 16th, 1815, on his return journey, and reached Port Jackson on March 23rd, 1815.
Second Voyage.—He embarked on the “General Gates“ on July 29th, 1819, and reached the North Cape on August 10th, leaving Rangheehoo again on November 9th, to return to Port Jackson.
Third Voyage.—On February 13th, 1820, the Rev. S. Marsden embarked on the “Dromedary,“ and arrived at the Bay of Islands, February 27th. On June 5th he embarked on the “Coromandel“ for the River Thames, where she was going to obtain spars. Reached Cape Colville on the 12th. On Sepr. 17 he left New Zealand in the “Prince Regent“ for Port Jackson, but was forced to return through stress of weather. He then left her, and waited for the “Dromedary,“ which left New Zealand, November 25th.
Fourth Voyage.—The Rev. S. Marsden sailed in the “Brampton“ July 22nd, 1823, and reached Rangheehoo, August 3rd. On September 7th he sailed from Rangheehoo, accompanied by the Rev. S. Leigh, whose health had broken down. The vessel struck on some sunken rocks and was wrecked, but no lives were lost. The people all escaped to the Island of Mootoorroa. On November 14th he again embarked on the “Dragon,“ and arrived at Port Jackson, Nov. 30th.page 328
Fifth Voyage.—(No journal; particulars taken from the Missionary Register.) In March, 1827, the Rev. S. Marsden embarked in H.M.S. “Rainbow“ for New Zealand, and arrived in the Bay of Islands on April 5th. After a very brief stay he sailed again on the 10th, arriving at Port Jackson on the 18th.
Sixth Voyage.—The Rev. S. Marsden left Port Jackson on February 16th, 1830, in the “Elizabeth,“ and entered the Bay of Islands on March 8th (last entry in journal, May 11th). On May 27th he embarked in the “Prince of Wales“ on his return to N.S. Wales.
Seventh Voyage.—The Rev. S. Marsden embarked for his seventh and last voyage in the “Pyramus“ on February 7th, 1837. He landed at Okeanga on the 23rd, and left for Port Jackson July 27th, 1837.
(N.B.—Rev. S. Marsden died May 8/38.)