White Wings Vol I. Fifty Years Of Sail In The New Zealand Trade, 1850 TO 1900
the Fernglen on January 2, 1879, arrived at Nelson with 225 emigrants, and landed only a few. Two days later she sailed for Wellington, arriving there on the 5th. The Wellington "Times," reporting her arrival, stated: "The ship called at Nelson, but as there was no demand for immigrants she came on to Wellington."
When the Fernglen was launched Captain Walter Frater was given command. He made six successive voyages to New Zealand, and in 1879 retired from the sea and settled in Auckland, where he resumed his proper name. Captain Walter Frater. When he was a boy about 12 years of age he ran away from home and joined a ship sailing forpage 284 Calcutta. Upon his return, six months later, his father had the lad properly indentured. An error, however, was made in entering his name Fraser instead of Frater, with the result that throughout his seafaring career he was known as Captain Fraser. He followed the sea for many years, and received his mate's certificate at 26 years of age. He ran for several years to the East before taking over the Fernglen and Ferndale. The latter vessel, under Captain Frater, made two voyages to New Zealand. She arrived first at Auckland on January 20th, 1872, and again on the 17th November, 1873. When Captain Frater was transferred to the Fernglen Captain Wigsell brought the Ferndale to Auckland, arriving there on the 8th September, 1874.
Captain Frater lived to the ripe age of 87 years, and passed away at his residence, Parnell, Auckland, on June 21, 1924. During his long life in Auckland he filled a number of honourable positions, and was a member of many local institutions, including the Melanesian Trust Board and the Leslie Orphanage. He was also for a long period a member of the vestry of St. Mary's Cathedral, and represented that parish for some years on the Anglican Synod.
the Fernglen made nine voyages to New Zealand ports, as under:—
|Jan. 3, '75||Apr. 29, '75||Fraser||115|
|Aug. 16||Nov. 25, '79||Fraser||100|
|July 19||Oct. 21, '80||Bubb||94|
|*Oct. 12, '78||Jan. 5, '79||Fraser||85|
|May 1||July 30, '81||Bubb||90|
|To Port Chalmers.|
|Dec. 2, '77||Feb. 17, '78||78|
|Land to land||70|
|—||Apr. 21, '76||Fraser||91|
|—||Jan. 2, '79||Fraser||81|
|Dec. 6||Mar. 20, '77||Fraser||104|
* Via Nelson.