Burning of the ‘Boyd’ / 2003 (900 x 570mm)

A tale of revenge served cold…

The brigantine ‘Boyd’ was set upon at night anchor in Whangaroa Harbour, December 1809 and by dawn was burnt to the waterline.

During the voyage from Port Jackson (Sydney), Te Ara, a maori warrior of chiefly descent felt shamed by the treatment meted to him by Captain Thompson. Upon landing the local tribe (Te Ara’s own) was enflamed by the story and hatched a plan of utu and plunder. It ended in a massacre and the prize of the Captain’s tobacco.