William Webster's amputated an arm.
One night a ship
was wrecked on the bar and in the morning a muzzle-loading cannon was
washed up. For reasons of
prudence and ornament William Webster installed it on his harbour wall.
When Sir George
Grey, the Governor, was to arrive by ship, William decided to give him a Royal Salute of 21 guns.
For this purpose he drilled a Maori crew of four
When the time
came, the excited "powder monkey" threw a charge without
waiting for the swabbing. The gun fired prematurely, the ramrod striking
his arm, which dangled below the shoulder by two sinews.
called William Webster, "please get your motherís sewing
basket, a clean sheet, silk thread, needles, and embroidery scissors and
I need your assistance too".