Wreck of the Falcon memorial at Maketu

Wreck of the <em>Falcon</em> memorial at Maketu


Cannon and plaque commemorating the wreck of the topsail schooner Falcon, in the early hours of 1 March 1840. The plaque mistakedly names the ship ‘Valcona’.

It was under charter to Hans Homman Felk, better known in New Zealand as the trader Phillip Tapsell. The ship was owned by Frederick Peterson, not Phillip Tapsell as is implied by the plaque.

No lives were lost, though Tapsell’s servant apparently had to save him and his children from drowning.

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