Shark caught at Port Chalmers, ca 1900

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    Photographer: David De Maus
    Shark caught at Port Chalmers, ca 1900
    Dry plate glass negative
    Reference No. 10x8-1669-G
    De Maus Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand
    Find out more about this image from the Alexander Turnbull Library.

    pabIo, 'Lulu', severnspoon, and 103 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. banter 72 months ago | reply

      speared, arrowed and shot?

    2. Enric Martinez 70 months ago | reply

      A impressive testimonial on how our relationship with nature changes: In the days this picture was taken sharks where evil incarnate, now we strive to protect them.
      I just hope it's not too late.

    3. bladerunner2012 69 months ago | reply

      Instant favorite, it's just so tragic but fascinating at the same time.

    4. madbushfarm 63 months ago | reply

      I may have found your shark guys. There is an article in the Otago Witness date 25 December 1901. I realise the year is circa 1900 on the photo but this article is definitely a strong contender

      A large shark has been prowling about the lower harbour for some time past, and up to Tuesday night evaded all efforts of the fishermen to take it. However at nightfall on Tuesday, Mr John Noble, a well known lower harbour fisherman was returning home , he was informed that the monster, some 18 ft long, was in the vicinity of Mr W. Innes's fishery. Mr Noble who has previously taken several sharks in the Port Chalmers waters, at once manned his boat and sent in persuit, succeeding, after a hard contest, in harpooning the creature off the George street wharf. The fish was then towed around to Tunnage's fishery to be hauled up. Here what might have been a very serious accident occurred, for a number of young and old of both sexes desirous of seeing the shark made their way round to Mr Tunnage's fishery and took up a position on the landing-stage designed for the reception of the fish. In all, the unexpected visitors must have been between 30 and 40. The landing stage (only intended to support the weight of the fish) proved unable to support the weight and it sank, taking its occupants into deeper water than they eared to encounter. One young lady, seeing the stage was sinking, very pluckily held on to a wire rope stretched above her head, and succeeded in sustaining herself and two friends. Some few bruises were sustained by some of the young people on the stage, but eventually everyone was landed.

    5. National Library NZ on The Commons 63 months ago | reply

      What a terrific story! Thanks for digging it up @madbushfarm.

      I always get really excited when I see people making connections between our photo collections and other collections like the Papers Past newspaper site.

      -- Courtney

    6. Pratt2006 50 months ago | reply

      That Shark is not 18' long, believe me, I worked with photo analysis for the Royal Navy.

    7. FrigateRN 49 months ago | reply

      What a very interesting old picture, thank you for sharing.
      So how long is it Pratt2006?

    8. Myles Green 41 months ago | reply

      Back when men were well, well, you know.

    9. FrigateRN 41 months ago | reply

      Look at the expression on that sharks face!
      Howe sad looking is that?
      Almost feel sorry for the monster.

    10. Robin SC 22 months ago | reply

      What a terrific shot! This guy was a whopper, and the fellas who caught it were manly men, indeed!

    11. tedesco57 18 months ago | reply

      Great shot - I also like the detective work in identifying the newspaper report - sounds plausible - as often local papers exaggerate during a 'dry season' with little else to report....

    12. supreme3d 15 months ago | reply

      they forgot to put an apple in its mouth.

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