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

The Ben Lomond

The Ben Lomond.

In 1863, one of the best passages that had been recorded at that date, from the Clyde to Otago, was made by the Ben Lomond, which completed the passage in 74 days, land to land. She was a ship of 986 tons, commanded by Captain J. Smart. Having embarked passengers, numbering 338 souls, she set sail from Lamlash Bay on October 25th, 1862, and six days later the Fasnet light bore ten miles away. She gained the S.E. trades on November 22nd, and the coast of Brazil was sighted on November 27th. During squally weather on November 30th, an apprentice named George Grant fell from the main royal yard, struck the bulwarks, and dropped into the sea, evidently being killed before he reached the water. Apart from this incident, and the death of a passenger, the voyage was a pleasant one. The ship reached the Snares on January 14th. From that time she was baffled in her approach to port by calms and hazy weather up to January 18th, 1863, when she made the Heads, and was towed in the following morning.