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Ha’aheo o Hawai’i – Cleopatra’s Barge Sources

Ha’aheo o Hawai’i – Cleopatra’s Barge


  • The National Museum of American History – Smithsonian Institution – Online Staff Publications articles by Paul F. Johnston Ph. D. who let the Smithsonian Institution’s discovery and excavation of the wreck of Ha’aheo o Hawai’i-Cleopatra’s Barge in Hanalei Bay 1995-2000 online at

Articles include:

-“Preliminary Report on the 1996 Excavations of the Wreck of Ha’aheo o Hawai’i (ex-Cleopatra’s Barge) in Hanalei Bay, Kaua’i,”

-“Hanalei Redux” Increase & Diffusion:  Readable online in Smithsonian Web Magazine 3 (March 1997).

-“A Million Pounds of Sandalwood: The History of Cleopatra’s Barge in Hawai’i” The American Neptune 63.1 (Winter 2002) 5-45. Online link to the article. The history of Ha’aheo O Hawai’i-Cleopatra’s Barge from 1820-1824, after it was purchased by Kamehameha II and used as his royal yacht.

  • Cleopatra’s Barge: the Crowninshield Story – David L Ferguson 1976 A history of the Crowninshield family of Salem highlighting Cleopatra’s Barge.
  • George Crowninshield Yacht, Cleopatras Barge – Peabody Museum 1959; An informative booklet focused on the Peabody’s exhibit of original, exquisite interior furnishings selected by George Crowninshield for Cleopatra’s Barge.
  • Russian View of Honolulu 1809-1826 – Glynn Barratt 1988 First-Hand account of Russian ship officers dinners aboard Ha’aheo o Hawai’i.
  • Hawai’i`s Russian Adventure: A New Look at Old History – Peter Mills 2002 Features a Kaua’i-focused look at the removal of Kaumuali’i aboard the brig.
  • The Cleopatra’s Barge (text of a Kaua’i Historical Society talk) By John Lydgate in Pacific Marine Review, Volume 18. Text of an informative talk on the complete history of Haʻaheo O Hawaiʻi-Cleopatraʻs Barge in Massachusetts and Hawaiʻi.
  • The Story of George Crowninsshieldʻs Yacht, Cleopatraʻs Barge: on a Voyage of Pleasure to the Western Islands and the Mediterranean, 1816-1817 – 1913 A Crowninshield family book on the yachtʻs cruise to Europe.

Shipwrecked in Paradise

Cleopatra’s Barge in Hawai’i by maritime historian and underwater archaeologist Paul F. Johnston Ph. D., curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History who led the 1995-2000 discovery and excavation of the famous brig, is the definitive book on the brig, and is available for sale in the Museum Gift Shop. ?>
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