White Wings Vol II. Founding Of The Provinces And Old-Time Shipping. Passenger Ships From 1840 To 1885
Euphemus, ship, 586 tons, Captain William Hardwood, sailed from Gravesend 9th October, 1856, arrived 12th February with 114 passengers. Captain Hardwood reported that when off Tristan D'Acunha, the weather being so fine, no less than 26 sails were all within sight of each other.
Viscount Sandon, ship, 510 tons, one of Baines' Black Ball packets, Captain Hughes, sailed from the Mersey 18th October, 1856, arrived 13th February. This vessel met with the same fine weather as the Euphemus and was one of the 26 vessels in sight. She crossed the Equator in exactly the same number of days, 47 from the Mersey. Captain Hughes stated that in the course of many voyages to India and other places he had never encountered so many vessels as during this passage.
Kenilworth, ship, 537 tons, Captain James Thorn, sailed from the Downs 12th January, and arrived 4th May with 63 passengers for Auckland and 18 for New Plymouth.
Harkaway, ship, 898 tons, Captain Stephens, sailed from Gravesend 16th February, arrived 31st May.
Solent, ship, 733 tons, Captain Brookes, sailed from Downs 27th April, arrived 30th July. "The Southern Cross" reporting the ship's arrival, said that "from the time of weighing from Margate Roads until arrival at Auckland, the fore and main topsail sheets were never started." The ship brought 80 all told, 57 for Auckland and 23 for Canterbury.
Eastfield, 434 tons, Captain John Copland, sailed 6th August, arrived 12th December. The barque was 51 days reaching the Equator owing to light baffling winds. Three deaths occurred during the voyage.page 201
Cornubia, barque, 460 tons, Captain W. Elison, sailed from Downs 7th May, arrived after tedious passage of 121 days. She brought 57 passengers. The Cornubia was the first of John Morrison and Co.'s line to visit Auckland.
Anne Longton, ship, Captain Kirby, arrived 9th October, 118 days from Gravesend.