In December, 1836, when H.M. brig Victor (Captain Crozier) visited Lakeba to inquire into the murder of four of the crew of the British brig Active. In the previous The Victor reached Lakeba on 1st December, 1838, and the captain held an inquiry; but, though it was admitted that the murderers were on Lakeba, all efforts to secure them were fruitless. they were people from another island, and the chief declared that he could not interfere. The captain agreed with the missionaries that, under the circumstances, no punitive measures would be taken. Before leaving Fiji, Captain Crozier carried out survey work at Lakeba and in the Moala group, accurately locating the islands in that area.
In August, 1838, H.M.S. Conway (Captain Bethune) called at Lakeba, from Tonga and later visited the port of Rewa, from where a boat was sent to explore the Rewa river. the party reached an elbow of the river just below the town of Viti. the missionaries Cargill and Jaggar penetrated forty miles up the river, to Naitasiri, in the following year. The visit of Dumont d’Urville, was in October, 1838.