During the following year (1849) two British warships visited Fiji. H.M.S. Havannah (Captain Erskine) came in august, and when Cakobau was entertained on board at Levuka, Erskine treated him to a demonstration of the power and accuracy of the ship’s cannon. Later, Cakobau confided to Calvert: “This makes me tremble. Should I offend these people they have but to bring their ship to Bau, when, having found me out with their spy-glasses, my head would fall at the first shot”.
Posted on September 30, 2007 by levuka