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Historical Records of New Zealand Vol. II.

Captain Furneaux* to Secretary Stephens

Captain Furneaux* to Secretary Stephens.

Adventure, Galleons, 3 April, 1772.


Please to acquaint their Lordships that having compleated his Majesty's sloop under my command at this port this day fell down to Galleons to take in her guns and gunners' stores, agreeable to their order of the 30th November last.

I am, &c.,

Tob's Furneaux.

* Furneaux, Tobias (1735–1781). Employed during the Seven Years' War (1757–1763) on the French and African coasts and the West Indian stations, principally in the Melampe, Edinburgh, and Ferret. He accompanied Captain Wallis as second lieutenant of the Dolphin during her voyage round the world in 1766–68; and was appointed a commander in 1771. When Cook was preparing for his second voyage, Furneaux was selected to command the Adventure, the companion ship to Cook's vessel the Resolution. See Cook's Voyage towards the South Pole in the years 1772–75, particularly vol. i, chap. vii, and vol. ii, chap. viii. Furneaux commanded H.M.S. Syren under Sir P. Parker in the attack on New Orleans, 28 June, 1777. Furneaux Islands discovered by him, were named in his honour by Captain Cook. According to the Dictionary of National Biography, portraits of him, by Northcote, are still preserved in the family.