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White Wings Vol I. Fifty Years Of Sail In The New Zealand Trade, 1850 TO 1900

The Indian Empire

The Indian Empire.

the Indian Empire arrived at Auckland in 1862. She was a vessel of 1314 tons, built at Quebec in 1860. She sailed from the Downs with immigrants on the 4th July, and after a tedious passage of eleven days down the Channel experienced moderate weather throughout the passage, arriving at Auckland on the October 26, 1862, making the passage in 107 days from the Downs and 96 from the Lizard.

In 1864 the Indian Empire arrived at Lyttelton on March 23, making a smart passage of 83 days, land to land. On arrival the ship was placed in quarantine as a number of the immigrants had died from scarlet fever during the passage. The same ship brought another batch of immigrants to Lyttelton during the following year. She left London on April 17, and arrived on July 22, 1865, 85 days from the Lizard. At this date there was no railway running to Lyttelton, and the 170 immigrants were conveyed over the Port Hills to Christchurch by Cobb and Co.'s coach. Captain Black was in command during the three voyages.

In 1883 another clipper ship named Indian Empire, a vessel of 1515 tons, built in 1865 by Pile, at West Hartlepool, and owned by John Duncan, was despatched from London with cabin passengers only, for Dunedin, under Captain Watson. She sailed from Gravesend on March 2, and arrived at Port Chalmers on June 2, 1883, after an uneventful passage of 87 days, land to land.