A Representation of The Attack on Captn. Wallis in the Dolphin, by the Natives of Otaheite.
London: Published by Alexr. Hogg at the Kings Arms No.16 Paternoster Row. [n.d., c.1785.]
Fine copper engraving, laid paper, 230 x 345mm. 9 x 13½". Lacking margin at left and right.
An attack on a British warship, HMS Dolphin, by Tahitians in canoes. Samuel Wallis (1728 - 1795) sailed from Plymouth on 22 August with the Swallow sloop, commanded by Philip Carteret. The two ships passed through the Straits of Magellan and came into the Pacific on 12 April 1767; they then separated. Wallis opened out a part of the ocean till then unknown, and first brought to European knowledge the numerous islands of the Low Archipelago and of the Society Islands, including Tahiti, which he called King George the Third's Island. Thence he made for Tinian, which he reached on 19 August, having discovered many new islands on the way. After staying a month at Tinian, he went to Batavia, and thence home by the Cape of Good Hope. Originally for John Hawkesworth's 'Account of the voyages undertaken by the order of His present Majesty for making discoveries in the southern hemisphere'. Wallis's account of his voyage, first printed in Hawkesworth (1733), was repeated in Hamilton Moore's ‘Collection of Voyages’ (1785), in Robert Wilson's ‘Voyages’ (1806), in Kerr's ‘General History of Voyages’ (1814), and in Joachim Heinrich Campe's collection (Brunswick, 1831).
See NLA 2084603.
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