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Whale ships at Mangonui
American whaleships at Mangonui, Doubtless Bay in the North Island of New Zealand. 1840's.
Watercolour (740 x 530)mm

There were two harbours which served whaleships in the north of the North Island of New Zealand.  Kororareka, now known as Russell, in the Bay of Islands and Mangonui in Doubtless Bay.  Mangonui was favoured by the American whalers.  The whaleship in the forground has just dropped her anchor and taking in sail as she swings.  In season Mangonui was very busy and it was said that the ships, when rafted up alongside each other, went from shore to shore of the inlet so that it was possible to walk from one side to the other.  This painting now hangs in the Butler Point Whaling Museum located today on the land in the background.