South Sea Islands and the Supercargos

Posted by barbara on November 12, 2016

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Robert Louis Stevenson John Halliday

 

My grandfather John Halliday shares two things in common with famous Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson.

Both were Scottish born and spent time in the South Sea Islands at a time when life was not only rough and ready but at times downright dangerous when islander and European cultures came in contact over trade. 

Born in 1850, Stevenson died in 1894, after spending the last years of his life in the islands. Buried in West Samoa, in death he lived up to the lines he penned in his famous poem Requiem, 'Home is the sailor, home from the sea'. 

For an insight into the life of a South Sea Island trader, including a supercargo or his assistant, click here: Assistant_Supercargo_RED_TO_PDF_11-11-Assistant_Supercargo_RED_TO_PDF_11-11-2016_.pdf2016_.pdf

Never heard of Robert Louis Stevenson or New Hebrides, let alone Vanuatu

Robert Louis Stevenson according to http://robert-louis-stevenson.org

New Hebrides according to Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hebrides

Vanuatu according to Lonely Planet: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/who-is-mike-pence-what-you-need-to-know-about-donald-trumps-controversial-vice-president-a3390821.html

 

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