On the afternoon of April 28th, the Slams Castle, Velocity, and Aurora, arrived at the Bay of Islands; the former having on board the head-quarters of the 58th Regiment, commanded by Major Bridge. The Velocity had on board Lieutenant-Colonel Hulme, commanding the forces in New Zealand. The latter vessel had on board about forty volunteers (late of Kororarika), under the command of Cornthwaite Hector, Esq. H.M.S. North Star was at the anchorage; and seventy men of the 58th were immediately landed upon the beach of Kororarika; the union jack was hoisted, the proclamation declaring martial law was read, a royal salute was fired, and the troops presented arms, after which they re-embarked, and returned to the ahips. On the following morning, the 29th, the vessels all weighed, and proceeded up the river Kawa Kawa, towards the pa of the chief Pomare. The wind was light, and sometimes entirely calm, and the ships were obliged to be towed, and did not reach the anchorage off the pa until midnight. On the passage up the river, several groups of natives were to be seen in arms upon the sides of the hills. The ships anchored at about 800 yards from the pa; and as the day dawned a white flag was seen flying within the fence; shortly after another was hoisted. This was answered; and it was determined that if Pomare gave himself up to stand his trial, the people should be spared. By this time the troops were all on shore, and many natives were to be seen in groups upon the hills, having muskets in their hands. At half-past eight, Pomare was sent on board the North Star, and arrangements were then made to march into the country to attack and destroy the pas and places of the chief Kowaiti and others, who were known to be in arms against the Government. The road no person knew ; rivers and swamps were to be crossed ; the country was covered with thick brush ; and the natives were to be seen ready to fall upon the rear, and follow as soon as the march commenced. The idea of moving that day was given up ; and the natives were called upon to deliver up their arms by four, p.m., or the attack would be made upon them. By four, the pa was deserted, three muskets only having been given up. It was accordingly fired ; and all idea of advancing being given up, the troops re-embarked, and the ships anchored off Pahia, at eight, a.m., upon the Ist of May. The chief Thomas Walker was immediately in communication with the Commander of the Forces, to arrange for future movements. In the afternoon of the 2d, H.M.S. Hazard arrived, and the vessels immediately moved to Kent's Passage, and at midnight anchored off there.
At seven, a.m., of the 3d, the troops were all landed in a small sandy bay, which place was chosen rather than the Waitangi, because the road between it and Walker's pa, although longer, was clear of cover. They were met on landing by Walker and a large party of his men : they marched at noon, and the ships immediately returned to the anchorage off Pahia. On the evening of the 10th of May, an officer arrived from Kera Kera with information that the troops were, with the wounded men, at the mission there.
On the following morning, the ships' boats were sent up the river for the wounded, who, with the seamen and marines of the ships of war, were all on board at five, p. m., when the North Star, Slams Castle, and Velocity, proceeded round to join the Hazard, which had been for some days at anchor off Sarah's River. They anchored at ten, p. m., and found that the troops, having marched from Mr. Kemp's establishment, had been all received on board the Hazard. They were all transhipped to the Slams Castle and Velocity, and at three, p. m., the North Star, having on board Lieut-Colonel Hulme and all the wounded, set sail for Auckland, in company with the Albert, bringing Mr. Hector and his volunteers. The Slams Castle and Velocity returned to Kororarika to wait for further orders.
During the absence of the troops, the boats of the Hazard and North Star burnt five villages and destroyed ten war canoes belonging to John Heki, and sent off four European boats which had been stolen, and, with the canoes, were hauled up amongst the bushes.
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ANOTHER ACCOUNT., Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume IV, Issue 171, 14 June 1845
ANOTHER ACCOUNT. Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume IV, Issue 171, 14 June 1845
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