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A SHORT ACCOUNT
CLIMATE, SOIL, & PRODUCTIONS;
THE ADVANTAGES OF ESTABLISHING THERE
A SETTLEMENT AT PORT ROSS
FOR CARRYING ON THE
SOUTHERN WHALE FISHERIES.
WITH A PANORAMIC VIEW OF PORT ROSS, AND A MAP OF THE ISLANDS.
PELHAM RICHARDSON, 23, CORNHILL;
AND SOLD BY
JOHN OLLIVIER, 59, PALL MALL.
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PELHAM RICHARDSON, PRINTER,
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THE following pages are submitted to the public in the full conviction that the advantages held out to settlers to locate themselves on the Auckland Islands will be fully realized; while to show that my intentions are bona fide, I have determined on proceeding to the islands myself, purposing to reside there until every department in the colony shall be fully and efficiently organized.
I have been most cheerfully supplied with information on the subject of the islands by various parties who have visited them, more particularly by Sir James Clark Ross, to whom, as well as to Robert M'Cormick, Esq., who has kindly furnished me with many valuable suggestions and the view of the islands which accompanies this pamphlet, my cordial thanks are due.
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I proceed to the colony with the full support of Her Majesty's Government, and the assurance from the Admiralty that a vessel of war will visit the islands once in every month. The interests of the general body of settlers will, therefore, be amply protected; and as, in addition to the above advantages, the Directors of the Southern Whale Fishery Company propose entrusting me with full powers for carrying out their contemplated arrangements, I confidently anticipate a happy and successful issue to the undertaking.
Great St. Helen's, London,
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[N.B. No panoramic view found with this copy of the book.]
The annexed panoramic view of Port Ross, in Auckland Island, was furnished to the Author by Robert M'Cormick, Esq., who accompanied Sir James Clark Ross in the capacity of Naturalist, on his exploring expedition to the South Polar Seas in 1840.
The view embraces the whole of what in some charts is called "Laurie Harbour," in others the "Harbour of Sarah's Bosom," and by Sir James Clark Ross "Rendezvous Harbour." The harbour thus variously described the Author has ventured to re-name Port Ross, in honour of Sir James Clark Ross, to whom we are indebted for the survey of the port.
Upon comparing the view with the chart, it
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will be perceived that the whole coast represented comprises an extent of about eight miles, beginning and ending with Enderby Island, the view being taken from the anchorage marked. Thus the view embraces part of Enderby Island, Ocean Island, and then Ocean Point, with the whole of the southern part of the port to the entrance of Laurie Harbour, which is not, however, visible, since it runs behind the hill at the back of the small wooded peninsula projecting into the sea. Next is seen the whole of the eastern part of the port, with the anchorage from whence the view is taken, and facing which is the watering place, and behind this a hill 900 feet high; while further on appear a rock of basaltic columns, rising out of the sea, 300 feet perpendicular--the north part of the harbour, Rose's and Shoe Islands, with H. M. Ship Terror at anchor, and then again Enderby Island; the circuit of the port being thus completed. It will be perceived that from Ocean Point to Rose's Island (the entrance to the port) the distance is about three quarters of a mile.