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Open Bay Island

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

In the early 19th century, sealers were often dropped at islands to hunt for their prey. In 1810 a group of 10 sealers were taken to Open Bay Island in South Westland, but their ship, under Captain John Bedar, was lost at sea. The men were stranded on the island for almost four years before being...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Sealing song

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

In February 1810 a gang of 10 sealers were left here, at Open Bay Island, near Jackson Bay in Westland, by the brig Active. The ship was lost and the men were stranded on the island for almost four years, living on seal meat and fern root before they were rescued. This song tells of ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage