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White Wings Vol II. Founding Of The Provinces And Old-Time Shipping. Passenger Ships From 1840 To 1885

The Unsavoury Jane

The Unsavoury Jane.

The privately-owned barque Jane, 356 tons, Captain William Stobo, which left England on November 28th, 1840, made Port Nicholson on May 24th, 1841, with a number of passengers and a large cargo. On the voyage out she was severely damaged while at Rio de Janeiro, and had to remain there undergoing repairs until February 2nd, 1841. The Jane had a very disagreeable passage owing to a want of unanimity among the passengers, while the discreditable state of the ship led to her being likened to a pig-sty. A law case in the Wellington Courthouse threw a great deal of light on the incidents of the voyage. Mr. William Swainson, F.R.S., the eminent English naturalist, came out to Wellington in this voyage of the Jane, and settled at the Lower Hutt, where he died on December 6th, 1855. Another arrival by this vessel was Mr. Charles Johnson Pharazyn, afterwards the Hon. C. J. Pharazyn, M.L.C.