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The Glory Cottage

Resplendent in fire-engine red, the Glory cottage sits on a rocky promonitory on the South East coast of Rangihaute Island (Pitt Island).

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Glory Bay: Scene of a shipwreck in 1827

The Glory had been engaged in the sealing trade for a considerable time. The Glory, commanded by Captain Swindells, was anchored at Pitts Island, one of the Chathams, on 15th January, 1827.

At eight o’clock she struck the ground. A stream anchor was carried out and efforts used to warp off the vessel, but in vain. There was a heavy ground swell at the time.

Warned by her striking again,very heavily, Captain Swindells ran her ashore on the beach, saving her

  • sails
  • rigging
  • provisions
  • 800 skins
  • 6 or 8 tons of flax
  • a quantity of pork in casks.

No lives were lost. The long-boat was got on shore, pitched, painted and provided with washboards, masts, sails and a supply of provisions and Captain Swindells with five others stepped on board and set sail for New Zealand, a distance of 800 miles.

They made the Bay of Islands (although a heavy wind blew all the time), just as the Samuel was coming out of the harbour, and by her were taken on to Sydney.

Captain Swindells, it appears, owned one-half the cargo and R. Campbell, junr., and Mr. Emmett each one-fourth.

The hull was insured for £1200.

Captain Swindells’ voyage from the Chathams to the Bay of Islands, in a ship’s long-boat, must be regarded as one of the most adventurous boating experiences of the early sealing period