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

The Melbourne

page 156

The Melbourne.

This vessel, a small barque of 321 tons, owned by R. and H. Green, of London, experienced very rough weather on her voyage to Nelson, which port she reached under Captain J. Robertson on the 4th August, 1857. She brought out nine cabin and a number of steerage passengers. She had on board, when leaving London, two valuable stallions, both of which died during one of the storms. After discharging a portion of her cargo, she sailed for New Plymouth, arriving there on the 31st August.

The following year, the Melbourne sailed from Leith on the 29th June. She encountered very rough weather at the outset, and arrived at Wellington on the 27th November, 1858, where she landed a number of passengers.

Later, Captain Robertson was given charge of a new ship of 661 tons, bearing the same name. On this occasion the Melbourne sailed from Leith in 1860 with 200 passengers for Otago, and arrived at Port Chalmers on the 16th March, 1861, making the run in 92 days, port to port.