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Taylors Mistake

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Cove nestled in on the south side of Sumner Head, south-east of Christchurch city. The bay is a seaside and picnic resort.
Meaning of place name
Who Taylor was and when he made his mistake remains unclear. The name was current from at least 1853, and is commonly held to refer to a ship's captain who mistook the bay for Lyttelton Harbour. The prime candidate is the Gwalior, which was shepherded to Lyttelton in 1853 by the first mate Mr Taylor after Captain Davidson had thrown himself overboard in an alcoholic fit.

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