White Wings Vol II. Founding Of The Provinces And Old-Time Shipping. Passenger Ships From 1840 To 1885
The James Wishart
The James Wishart.
Four voyages were made to New Zealand by the James Wishart, a fine iron barque of 775 tons. She came first to Auckland under Captain Groundwater in 1874, bringing out 274 passengers. Chartered by the New Zealand Shipping Company, she sailed from Gravesend on the 20th, and Plymouth on the 25th March, and made a very pleasant and uneventful voyage of 106 days. There were eight deaths on the voyage (seven infants), and four births.
The barque arrived at Auckland on her second voyage under Captain Burns, on the 12th January, 1879, after another pleasant passage of 98 days, having sailed from Gravesend on the 5th October, 1878. She brought a large number of passenger, including some of the Vesey Stewart settlers for Katikati and Te Puke.
In 1878 the James Wishart made a voyage to Lyttelton, and on this occasion was sent out by the Shaw, Savill Co. She sailed from Gravesend on the 13th November, 1877, under Captain Mitchell, and arrived on the 25th February, 1878, the passage occupying 103 days.
In 1884 she sailed from Glasgow for Port Chalmers, under Captain Ewart, and was not so fortunate in the weather, as she encountered several severe gales. She arrived at Port Chalmers on the 12th February, 1884, making the passage in 113 days. After discharging a portion of her cargo and passengers, she sailed for Lyttelton, arriving on the 14th March.