This chart of Southern Port (now Port Pegasus), at the southern end of Stewart Island, was drawn by cartographer William Stewart, first mate aboard the sealer Pegasus. He was employed by Captain Samuel Chase, as seals were becoming scarce and he wanted to search ‘every crack and corner’ of the southern South Island. The ship was leaking badly after a trip to the Chatham Islands, and spent two months at Southern Port being repaired. This gave Stewart time to chart the harbour, using nothing but ship’s instruments and a lead line for soundings. His chart compares favourably with modern charts of the area, and it is fitting that Stewart Island is named after him.
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