Deserter Bay

The two anchorages shown in Deserter Bay are satisfactory for winds from S semi-circle. A stern line should be used in the cove to the west of the red cliffs. The head of Deserter Bay is shallow and then drops steeply. Anchorage can be found in about ten metres, 100 metres from the shore, but the anchor may slide down into deeper water and plenty of anchor line will be required.


The name of this bay records an incident of an army deserter hiding in the bush at the head of the bay during the First World War.1


1. Olive Baldwin, Story of New Zealand’s French Pass and d’Urville Island (Plimmerton: Fields Publishing House, 1979), 142.