White Wings Vol II. Founding Of The Provinces And Old-Time Shipping. Passenger Ships From 1840 To 1885
The Poictiers, a barque of 500 tons, sailed from London on the 24th February, and arrived at New Plymouth on the 30th June, 1850, in command of Captain Beal. She experienced a stormy passage of 115 days. The cattle and sheep placed on board all died or were washed overboard before reaching the Line, and the passengers and crew suffered for want of food for some weeks before reaching their destination. Four deaths occurred during the voyage. Mr. John James Weston, with his wife and family, arrived by this barque. Mr. Weston was the father of Mr. Henry Weston, the late proprietor of the "Taranaki Herald." Having some passengers and cargo for Nelson, the barque proceeded on to that port, arriving on July 11th. She then went on to Port Chalmers, arriving on the 6th September the same year.