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

The Mandarin

The Mandarin.

The Mandarin, a privately-owned ship of 425 tons, commanded by Captain Adam Yuile, sailed from Gravesend on August 6th, 1841, and arrived at Wellington on December 21. She carried a quantity of merchandise and a few passengers, among whom were Captain Charles Sharp, Captain Francis Robinson, and Lieutenant John Wood, all of the Hon. East India Company's service. The two first-named became well-known Wellington settlers. Lieutenant Wood was quickly dissatisfied with his lot, and returned to England, where in 1843 he published a small work entitled "Twelve Months in Wellington, Port Nicholson," in which he unsparingly criticised the treatment of settlers by the New Zealand Company. Another passenger by the Mandarin was Mr. Henry Augustus Thompson, later police magistrate at Nelson, who was killed in the Wairau massacre, June 17th, 1843.