Details are unclear as to what Te Ara did or didn’t do to work his way on the ship. What is clear is that Te Ara was flogged. One report says he was punished for refusing to work at all once underway citing his noble birth prevented him from doing so, another says he was falsely accused of theft. Upon reaching Whangaroa and his tribe, Te Ara reported his punishment. The Maori, strict in their customs, planned revenge.
|Louis John Steele's The Blowing Up |
of the Boyd (1889) - Source: Wikipedia