Pickersgill Harbour cove
Captain James Cook moored the 'HMS Resolution' in this very creek for 3 months during his exploration of the coast of New Zealand.
- "moored head and stern, so near the shore as to reach it with a brow or stage, which Nature had in a manner prepared for us in a large tree, whose end or top reached our gunwale."
In the words of George Foster, one of the scientic men on the expedition:
27 March 1773:
“In the course of a few days, a small part of us had cleared away the woods from a surface of more than an acre, which fifty New Zealanders, with their tools of stone, could not have performed in three months. This spot, where immense numbers of plants left to themselves lived and decayed by turns, in one confused inanimated heap; this spot, we had converted into an active scene, where a hundred and twenty men pursued various branches of employment with unremitted labour. We felled tall timber-trees, which, but for ourselves, had crumbled to dust with age; our sawyers cut them into planks, or we split them into billets for fuel.”
“By the side of a murmuring rivulet, whose passage into the sea we facilitated, a long range of casks, which had been prepared by our coopers for that purpose, stood ready to be filled with water. Here ascended, the “steam of a large cauldron, in which we brewed, from neglected indigenous plants, a salutary and palatable potion, for the use of our labourers. In the offing, some of our crew appeared providing a meal of delicious fish for the refreshment of their fellows.”
“Our caulkers and riggers were stationed on the sides and masts of the vessel, and their occupations gave life to the scene, and struck the ear with various noises; whilst the anvil on the hill resounded with the strokes of the weighty hammer"
excerpts from - Murihiku: A History of the South Island of New Zealand
Photo: Dusky Sound, Pickersgill Harbour, South Island, New Zealand
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