Explorers of the Pacific: European and American Discoveries in Polynesia
1849Captain John Elphinstone Erskine made a short trip with H.M.S. Havannah in 1849, through islands of the western Pacific. Erskine sailed from Russell, New Zealand, on June 25, 1849, and reached Niue, or Savage Island, on July 6. During July, he visited Manua, Tutuila, and Upolu of the Samoan Islands. At Apia, he met the British Consul, Pritchard, who had left Tahiti. Next, Vavau, Lifuka, and Tongatabu were visited, then Fiji, the New Hebrides, and New Caledonia. Port Jackson, Sydney, was reached on October 7, 1849.