1835: Four British Navy sailors killed and eaten near Bua Bay

In 1835 June, the Active, having taken five missionaries to Tonga, brought supplies and letters to those at Lakeba in returning to Tonga, however, the ship was wrecked on a reef near Moce, within forty miles of Lakeba. All hands were saved, and were unmolested.

Failed to listen to local advice: Four of the men grew tired of waiting at Lakeba; after a few weeks, and despite warnings, they left in a small boat to make their way to Bua Bay, in the hope of meeting with a ship. they had not gone far, however, when they were seen , overtaken, killed and eaten. The captain of the Active managed to get away to Sydney, where he reported the matter; and H.M. brig Victor was sent to investigate and take any necessary action.


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