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Voyage of HMS Herald, The : To Australia and the South-West Pacific 1852-1861 Under the Command of Captain Henry Mangles Denham

David, Andrew

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This is the authoritative account of one of the longest and most important surveying cruises of the golden age of world hydrography.

This voyage of HMS Herald, under the command of Henry Mangles Denham, encompassed much of the South-west Pacific and substantial parts of the Australian coast. From 1852 to 1861, the Herald surveyed and charted known land masses and suspected hazards, thereby establishing safe routes for shipping. That some of these charts are still in use is testimony to the accuracy and skill of those who created them Commander David makes extensive use of the journals of Denham and his officers to describe mid-nineteenth-century techniques of surveying and charting, often undertaken in hazardous conditions. His book also provides an unusual and often entertaining view of the difficulties experienced in field work. The collection of natural history specimens, another part of the Herald’s task, resulted in significant additions to British collections. Botanical and ornithological discoveries are described using current nomenclature, and the habits of some species now threatened or extinct are…

xxviii, 521 p., [12] leaves of plates : ill. (some col.), maps, ports. ; 25 cm. #251021 (ex libris label on fep) First Edition.

Miegunyah Press series. Series 2 ; no. 3.

  • Ch. 1. England to Australia: 21 February 1852 to 18 February 1853
  • Ch. 2. Lord Howe Island, Isle of Pines and Aneityum: 19 February 1853 to 1 January 1854
  • Ch. 3. New Zealand and Raoul Island: 2 January to 2 September 1854
  • Ch. 4. The First Visit to Fiji: 3 September to 24 November 1854
  • Ch. 5. The Search for Ben Boyd: 25 November 1854 to 30 January 1855
  • Ch. 6. Chimmo’s Independent Cruises: 18 April 1854 to 17 September 1856
  • Ch. 7. The Dismissal of MacGillivray and the First Visit to Norfolk Island: 31 January to 24 June 1855
  • Ch. 8. The Second Visit to Fiji: 25 June 1855 to 3 February 1856
  • Ch. 9. The Resettlement of the Pitcairn Islanders on Norfolk Island: 4 February to 26 June 1856
  • Ch. 10. The Third Visit to Fiji: 27 June 1856 to 26 February 1857
  • Ch. 11. The Survey of Port Jackson: 27 February to 20 December 1857
  • Ch. 12. Surveys in Bass Strait, King George Sound and Shark Bay: 21 December 1857 to 29 June 1858.
  • Ch. 13. The First Coral Sea Cruise: 30 June to 19 December 1858
  • Ch. 14. The Second Coral Sea Cruise: 20 December 1858 to 14 October 1859
  • Ch. 15. The Third Coral Sea Cruise: 15 October 1859 to 23 May 1860
  • Ch. 16. Homeward Bound – Sydney to Surabaya: 24 May to 20 November 1860
  • Ch. 17. Homeward Bound – Surabaya to Chatham: 21 November 1860 to 1 June 1861
  • Ch. 18. Epilogue
  • App. 1 Admiralty Instructions to Captain Denham
  • App. 2 Rating chronometers and measuring meridian distances
  • App. 3 Spelling of Fijian names
  • App. 4 Glossary of Fijian and Polynesian words used in this book
  • App. 5 List of Officers appointed to the Herald and Torch – 1852-61.Denham, Henry Mangles, Sir, 1800-1887 — Journeys.  |  Herald (Ship)  |  Natural history — Australia.  |  Natural history — Oceania.  |  Islands of the Pacific — Discovery and exploration.  |  Australia — Discovery and exploration.  |  Oceania — Discovery and exploration.

Additional Information

AuthorDavid, Andrew
Number of pagesxxviii, 521 p., [12] leaves of plates : ill. (some col.), maps, ports. ; 25 cm.
PublisherThe Miegunyah Press / Melbourne University Publishing,
Year Published1995
Binding Type

Hardcover in Dustjacket

Book Condition

Fine

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