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Nelson Historical Society Journal, Volume 1, Issue 4, December 1959

Pilot for Wakefield

Pilot for Wakefield

He piloted Wakefield's boats with the early settlers on board to Massacre Bay and Blind Bay and his local knowledge proved invaluable to Wakefield. After the settlement had taken place in the Motueka district, Captain Moore, Captain Cross, Mr Brown and a Maori by the name of Pito, sailed across the bay in a cutter and discovered Nelson Haven, which they recognised would provide a safe anchorage.

Captain Moore returned to England in 1849 at his own expense and for 10 months made representations to the authorities for the provision of steam vessels for use in New Zealand and Australian waters.

He saw the success of his efforts in 1852 when the steamers, the Queen of the South sailed for New Zealand and the Lady Jocelyn for Australia.