Henry Barber (sea captain)

Henry Barber (sea captain)

Henry Barber was an eighteenth century British sea captain, credited with the discovery of McKean Island, in the Phoenix group in the Pacific Ocean.

ailing history

Barber operated merchant routes from India and America to the new settlement at Port Jackson, New South Wales. He made his first journey from Bengal in 1794, aboard the 85-ton snow "Arthur", carrying foodstuffs and calico.Maude, p 109]

Discovery of McKean Island

While captaining the British ship "Arthur" on a journey from Botany Bay, New South Wales to the north-west coast of America in 1794, Barber discovered what is believed to be McKean Island. [Quanchi & Robson, p 11] Sighting the uninhabited island on 28 May, Barber named it "Drummond's Island", plotting it at 3°40'S, 176°51'W. The "Albany Sentinel" reported that the "small sandy island...is very low and cannot be seen from the deck of a vessel more than five or six miles". ["The Albany Sentinel", 28.8.1797, quoted in Maude, p 109] It was later named 'Arthur Island' and appeared as such in Arrowsmith's charts of the time located at 3°30'S, 176°0'W.Sharp, p 210] The closest island to these coordinates is McKean Island at 3°35'S, 174°02'W, which was renamed and mapped by Charles Wilkes of the United States Exploring Expedition 1838-1842. However, Arthur Island remained suspected and 'in need of confirmation' until at least 1871, when it was listed in "Findlay's Directory", using the charts of cartographer John Arrowsmith.



* Maude, H.E., (1968) "Of Islands and Men: Studies in Pacific History", Melbourne: Oxford University Press
* Quanchi, Max & Robson, John, (2005); "Historical Dictionary of the Discovery and Exploration of the Pacific Islands", USA: Scarecrow Press, ISBN 0810853957
* Sharp, Andrew (1960); "The Discovery of the Pacific Islands", Oxford:Oxford University Press,

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Henry Barber — may refer to:*Henry Barber (rock climber), an American rock climber *Henry Barber (sea captain), a British sea captain, who discovered McKean Island …   Wikipedia

  • Henry Morgan — For other people named Henry Morgan, see Henry Morgan (disambiguation). Admiral Sir Henry Morgan c. 1635 – 25 August 1688 (age 53?) Sir Henry Morgan, in a popular 18th century woodcut …   Wikipedia

  • Clacton-on-Sea — Clacton redirects here. For other uses, see Clacton (disambiguation). Coordinates: 51°47′30″N 1°08′45″E / 51.7918°N 1.1457°E / …   Wikipedia

  • literature — /lit euhr euh cheuhr, choor , li treuh /, n. 1. writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features, as poetry, novels, history, biography, and essays. 2.… …   Universalium

  • List of Onedin Line episodes — The Onedin Line episode list shows details of the 91 episodes of the BBC television series The Onedin Line. Contents 1 Series 1 2 Series 2 3 …   Wikipedia

  • List of U.S. county name etymologies, A-D — This is a list of U.S. county name etymologies, covering the letters A to D. A *Aitkin County, Minnesota: Aitkin is named for William Alexander Aitken, a fur trader in the region. *Alachua County, Florida: Alachua is named for a Native American… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Oz characters — For characters in the American TV series, see List of Oz (TV series) characters. This is a list of characters in the Oz books of L. Frank Baum, Ruth Plumly Thompson, John R. Neill, Jack Snow, Rachel Cosgrove Payes, Eloise Jarvis McGraw and Lauren …   Wikipedia

  • Short-lived recurring characters on Saturday Night Live — The following is a series of short write ups on recurring sketches that appeared four or fewer times on Saturday Night Live . Some characters who fit into this category do not appear here because they fit better into one of the other categories… …   Wikipedia

  • Twelfth Night — This article is about Shakespeare s play. For other uses, see Twelfth Night (disambiguation). Malvolio courts a bemused Olivia, while Maria covers her amusement, in an engraving by R. Staines after a painting by Daniel Maclise. Twelfth Night; or …   Wikipedia

  • Lloyd Ingraham — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Ingraham. Lloyd Ingraham est un acteur, réalisateur et scénariste américain né le 30 novembre 1874 à Rochelle, Illinois (États Unis), décédé le 4 avril 1956 à Los Angeles, (États Unis). Sommaire 1 …   Wikipédia en Français