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Land from the Masthead; a circumnavigation of New Zealand in the wake of Captain Cook Houghton, Philip. 1968

 

Carr 1983Land from the Masthead; a circumnavigation of New Zealand in the wake of Captain Cook
Philip Houghton. Hodder and Stoughton, 1968.
Philip Houghton circumnavigated New Zealand in 1966-67 taking five months. He bought the only suitable vessel he could find, a Bermudan cutter forty foot in length, and renamed her Murihiku (the Maori name for the southern end of South Island). A friend was aghast at the idea of him changing the boat's name but quietened once it was pointed out to him that even the Endeavour had once had another name.
This book is more a description of Houghton's voyage with references to Cook thrown in than the other way around. There are few illustrations, but it does have a useful index. It is also full of incidents that a yachtsman will understand only too well.
Reviewer: Ian Boreham
Originally published in Cook's Log, page 444, volume 9, number 2 (1986).

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