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Explorers of the Pacific: European and American Discoveries in Polynesia

British Voyages, 1800 to 1850

British Voyages, 1800 to 1850

The British voyages of the first half of the nineteenth century were numerous. The ones which recorded the most information concerning Polynesia were made by ships of the Royal Navy conducting surveys. In the early part of the century, however, the fur trade with the northwest American coast and, later, the whaling industry led to some Polynesian discoveries and to the recording of additional information regarding, the inhabitants of Polynesia. The principal voyages of interest are listed as follows:

Date Authority Ship Islands Visited
1800-1804 Turnbuil, John Margaret Society, Hawaii, Tuamotu
1813-1818 Corney, Peter Columbia Hawaii
1824-1826 Byron, George Anson Blonde Hawaii, Malden, Mauke (Cook)
1825-1828 Beechey, Frederick W. Blossom Easter, Mangareva, Pitcairn, Tuamotu, Society, Hawaii
1827-1828 Dillon, Peter Research New Zealand, Tonga, Rotuma [Tikopia]
1833-1836 Bennett, Fred D. Tuscan Society, Hawaii, Marquesas
1831-1836 Fitz-Roy, Robert Beagle Tuamotu, Tahiti, New Zealand
1836-1842 Belcher, Edward Sulphur Hawaii; Marquesas, Tuamotu, Tahiti, Rarotonga, Vavau
1836-1837 Russell, Edward Actaeon Pitcairn, Tuamotu, Tahiti
1849 Erskine, John E. Havannah New Zealand, Savage Is., Samoa