Phantom_ Canoe-_ A_ Legend_ of_ Lake_ Tarawera
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A New Zealand legend.Kennett Watkins’s painting shows the phantom canoe seen on Lake Tarawera on 31 May 1886. Although the picture uses clouds and moonlight to create a dramatic atmosphere, the phantom waka taua (war canoe) was actually seen in broad daylight by Pākehā tourists and Māori including the famous Guide Sophia. The vision was thought to be a harbinger of doom, and within 10 days Mt Tarawera erupted, killing many and devastating tourism in the area.
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