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A. B. SCANLAN
PUBLISHED BY THE TARANAKI HARBOURS BOARD
The story of Port Taranaki is the story of people and the sea. We are fortunate that this story is written by Mr. A. B. Scanlan, eminent writer and Well-known. Taranaki Historian. His affection for the historical event and the human qualities of the people who create them are features of his book. They make it a valuable historical record. They make it a human, sometimes humorous, often dramatic but always readable narrative. We express our thanks to him. The people who settled New Plymouth were no strangers to the sea. They came from Devon and Cornwall and from these shores on the south coast of England their forbears had looked upon, sailed on, sheltered from and fought against the ocean of the Atlantic since the days of the Phoenicians. Now, this generation had sailed to the other side of the world from Plymouth to New Plymouth and were happy with the pleasant and fertile land of their new home. But the sheltered coves and bays and estuaries of their homeland were not available on this open northern coast of Taranaki and they were not happy about this. Early letters home continually emphasised the need for a sheltered harbour and it is surprising that over twenty years passed before the New Plymouth Harbour Board was established to provide a sheltered port at New Plymouth.