The Tonga Book — February 1805 – June 1811

The remarkable adventures of young William Mariner on a voyage around the world and his long sojourn in the islands of Tonga wherein he gives us a full account of the inhabitants of those islands and the conduct of their lives. More

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About Dr Paul W Dale

Dr. Dale was born in Moscow, ID and educated in the Moscow public schools. His attendance at Harvard College was cut short by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. After two years at the College, he was encouraged to transfer to the medical school.

His early contact with the Pacific region – its island, culture, and people – began as a medical officer in the regular army medical corps with travel to Hawaii, wake, Japan and Korea. [Airplanes had propellers in those days and the Pacific Ocean is vast.]

Along the way, he acquired the original publications of Captain Cook’s journal of his third Pacific voyage wherein the good Captain explored much of both sides of the Pacific Ocean. From these three volumes, Dr. Dale prepared an edited an annotated publication of his voyage titled: Seventy North to Fifty South, Captain Cook’s Last Voyage brought out by Prentice-Hall in 1969.

After his military service, Dr. Dale established his medical practice in Greenwich, Connecticut where, with his wife Dorothy, they raised five children all of whom were introduced to sailing at an early age.

His research for The Tonga Book took him to Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Hawaii and yes, Great Britain and New Zealand too. In 1978, he was engaged to be the Chief of Mental Health Services for the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, stationed in Saipan. From these Pacific islands, he moved to join the faculty of the John A. Burns School of Medicine in Hawaii.

He is now retired from academic life, but continues to reside in Hawaii on the island of Oahu, and can be reached at:

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