Arrow Rock, New Zealand

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Waterpainting of Port Nelson, with the small Arrow Rock on the far right.

Arrow Rock (also Fifeshire Rock) is a small island in Tasman Bay, off the coast of Nelson, New Zealand. There is a narrow channel between the rock and Haulashore Island.[1] Situated within Nelson Harbour,[2] Arrow Rock was site of the Fifeshire wreck in 1842, which gave the rock is secondary name.[3] There are a number of Spotted Shags who live on the rock.[4]

The rock is named after the first ship to sail into Nelson harbour, the Arrow. She was a 212 ton brig chartered by the New Zealand Company and used as store ship on the companies expedition to set up a settlement in Tasman Bay. She sailed into Nelson harbour on 2 November 1841 and was followed the next day by the surveyors barques Whitby and Will Watch.

Fifeshire wreck[edit]

The barque Fifeshire totally wrecked on Arrow Rock on Sunday, February 27, 1842. It had brought out for a party of settlers for Nelson. After discharging her cargo, she got under weigh with a pilot on board. When she reached the narrows opposite Arrow Rock, the wind suddenly died away, and the tide drifted her upon the rocks.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fifeshire Rock". Nelson Historical Society Journal (Victoria University of Wellington) 2 (5). November 1971. 
  2. ^ a b Sherrin, Richard Arundell Augur; Wallace, J. H. (1890). Early history of New Zealand: from earliest times to 1840 (Public domain ed.). H. Brett. pp. 600–. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Reed, Alexander Wyclif (1975). Place names of New Zealand. A. H. & A. W. Reed. ISBN 978-0-589-00933-5. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Booz, Elizabeth B.; Simmons, Ben; Hempstead, Andrew (1 October 2002). New Zealand. Odyssey Publications, Limited. p. 175. ISBN 978-962-217-700-0. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 

Coordinates: 41°16′06″S 173°14′24″E / 41.2682°S 173.2401°E / -41.2682; 173.2401