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


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Tuscan, Captain White, arrived March 8th at Bay of Islands.


James, barque, arrived from London May 6.


Tuscan, brigantine, 181 tons, Captain Osmond, arrived during October with passengers.

St. George, barque, Captain Sughrue, arrived from London October 25th.

Ganges, ship, arrived from Plymouth, after a 105 days' passage.


Bangalore, barque, 877 tons, Captain C. Nelson, from London, via Sydney, arrived December 23rd. Brought out Governor Fitzroy, with wife and three children; also Mr. and Mrs. Henry Samuel Chapman, wife and one child. Governor Fitzroy was sworn in as Governor at the old Government House the day after arrival, and on the same day Mr. Chapman was sworn in as the first Judge of the Supreme Court by the Governor. Sir F. Chapman (still living), who held the position of judge of the Supreme Court for many years, is a son of Mr. Henry S. Chapman. The Bangalore loaded a cargo of kauri timber at Waiheke, and sailed for London via Valparaiso on the 13th February, 1844.

Ursula, ship, via Wellington. F. Dillon Bell arrived by this vessel.

Sydney, barque, 350 tons, Captain White, arrived from London June 29.

Nelson, 209 tons, Captain Maclaren, from London, August 10.


David Malcolm, 600 tons, Captain Cabel, arrived from London during October.


Ralph Bernal, barque, Captain McLean, arrived 11th August, via Wellington and Nelson.

Madras, barque, Captain Hilbury, from London, arrived 9th October, via Wellington and Nelson.


Elora, ship, 338 tons, Captain Turnbull, from London, arrived 7th March, via Nelson and Wellington.

John Wesley, missionary brig, 237 tons, Captain Buck. Sailed from Southampton, via Sydney, arrived 11th April, Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Daniel, Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Davies, Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Malvern, Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Ford, Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Amos, Rev. Kirk, Miss A. Lawry, Miss Somervill.

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Protector, barque, 317 tons, Captain Hunter, from London, arrived 5th September.

Saghalien, barque, 377 tons, Captain Jones, arrived 22nd November, via Wellington and Nelson.


Richard Dart, brig, 270 tons, Captain Potter, sailed from Downs, 27th December, 1847, arrived 19th April.

Clara, barque, 360 tons, Captain Crow. Sailed from London 5th May, arrived 16th September, 134 days passage.

Cornelia, barque, 371 tons, Captain Mickleburgh, arrived 15th October, via Wellington.

Indian, ship, 592 tons, Captain English, arrived during November via Wellington and Nelson.


Clara, barque, 360 tons, Captain Potter, sailed from Downs November 18th, 1849, arrived 23rd March.

Fairy Queen, Captain Doyle, arrived 9th July, 150 days from London.

Barbara Gordon, Captain W. Lilley, sailed 18th May, arrived 10th October, 145 days from Docks.

Camilla, 384 tons, Captain B. Pugh, sailed from Docks 14th July, arrived 12th December, via Wellington, 155 days from Docks.


Stateley, Captain Ginger, arrived 1st June, 120 days from the Downs.

Norfolk, 349 tons, Captain Kreeft, sailed 17th March, arrived 18th August. Protracted passage, 165 days, owing to calms and head winds.

Thames, 407 tons, Captain Hedley. A fine barque, the first of a new line of packets laid on by Hooper and Co., London. Sailed 12th May, arrived 29th August. After landing passengers proceeded on to Wellington and Nelson, arriving at latter port 9th October.


John Wesley, 237 tons, Captain Ryle, sailed from London 26th September, 1851, arrived 26th January, missionary brig. Son of Captain Ryle died during passage. The John Wesley was a smart little vessel and made the passage in 120 days, although adverse winds delayed her until rounding the Cape. She brought out Rev. W. Lawry, Rev. J. Polgrave and 12 other passengers and a large quantity of missionary supplies.

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Catherine Stewart Forbes, 457 tons, Captain W. Wright, sailed from London 19th October, 1851, and arrived 9th March. Put into Cape of Good Hope 4th January, 1852, for water and provisions, sailing again 9th January. Encountered furious gale when off the New Zealand coast during which sustained damage and man washed overboard. The passage occupied 140 days. The barque sailed for New Plymouth 12th April.

John Phillips, 369 tons, Captain H. Poole, sailed 23rd December, 1851, arrived 5th April. Notwithstanding a delay caused by gales, she reached Auckland in 100 days from the Downs, a very fine run for so small a vessel.

Berwick Castle, ship, Captain Laltoe, arrived 13th December, 182 days from Docks.


Simlah, barque, 597 tons, Captain Turnbull, sailed from London 19th February, arrived 10th June, with 30 passengers. The Rev. David Bruce came to Auckland in this ship.

Mary Catherine, barque, 336 tons, Captain Robertson, from London, arrived 14th June, 157 days from the Downs.

The Admiral Grenfell, barque, one of Willis' ships, sailed from London 14th May, arrived 12th August, making quick passage of 89 days.


The Baltasara, barque, 330 tons, Captain J. T. Thomas, sailed from Falmouth 9th September, 1853, arrived 20th January, with a staff of miners, clerks, etc., and the machinery for the Company's Copper Mines at Kawau Island. The Baltasara called at Sydney.

Lady Clark, ship, 440 tons, Captain T. Tovar, sailed 17th October, 1853, arrived 25th February. After landing passengers and cargo, proceeded to New Plymouth.

Artemisia, 550 tons, Captain S. Banes, sailed 3rd December, 1853, arrived 4th April with 40 passengers. Later sailed for New Plymouth. The Artemisia experienced rough weather in the Channel and was runaboard by an American clipper, which caused considerable damage.

Eclipse, ship, 400 tons, Captain Laing, arrived 26th June, via New Plymouth.

Balnagileth, ship, 462 tone, Captain A. Smith, sailed 10th December, 1853, arrived 6th July, via Wellington.

Norman Morrison, barque, 530 tons, Captain Burke, arrived 26th October, via Wellington.

Cordelia, ship, 378 tons, Captain McKenzie, arrived 23rd November, via Wellington.

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Bank Of England, ship, 726 tons, Captain W. Maxton, was one of Willis' line of ships. She sailed from the Downs 7th September, 1854. The vessel brought out 76 passengers among whom was Mr. J. I. Montefiore. A melancholy accident occurred during the voyage. William Hawkins, one of the passengers, fell overboard. The ship going about seven knots was immediately hove all aback and as the poor fellow was swimming light and strong there was every prospect of saving him. All at once he gave a piercing shriek and disappeared, having been taken, as was supposed, by a shark. Hawkins' wife and child witnessed the scene, and the child died a month later.


Euphrates, ship, 675 tons, Captain Barrow, sailed from Portsmouth 27th December, 1854, and arrived 26th April, 1855. She brought out a detachment of 65th Regiment including Captain McGregor, Lieutenant S. Harris, 160 privates and 22 women and children.

Cornubia, barque, 460 tons, Captain Ellison, sailed from London 23rd December, 1854, and Land's End 5th January, 1855, arrived 30th April, after a tedious passage of 126 days.

Southern Cross, 70 tons, Captain Susten, mission topsail schooner, built for Bishop Selwyn, sailed 28th March, arrived 20th July, 112 days.

Merchantman. This fine ship under Captain G. T. Brown, arrived after a good passage of 99 days from Plymouth, on 5th September, having sailed on the 28th May. She brought out His Excellency, Colonel Gore Brown, the new Governor for New Zealand, Mrs. and Miss Brown, Captain Stewart (private secretary), also 22 saloon and 116 second cabin and steerage passengers for Auckland and Canterbury. Among the passengers by this ship was Mr. Brewer, who held the position of Collector of Customs at Onehunga for very many years. One of his sons, Mr. Chas E. Brewer, who settled on a farm at Wanganui, died at Martinborough on the 7th July, 1926, at the age of 76 years.


Chatham, barque, 540 tons, Captain Cole, from London via New Plymouth, arrived 5th June. She was sadly baffled on the English coast, hanging on and off for 23 days before she cleared the Channel. She arrived at New Plymouth 19th May, 109 days from Land's End, sailing on the 22nd, and eventually reaching Auckland after a passage of 17 days from New Plymouth.

Sandford, ship, 624 tons, Captain R. H. Hughes, sailed from London 7th March, arrived 9th July. In addition to landing 93 passengers at Auckland, the ship had 26 for New Plymouth.

Lord Burleigh. This fine ship, one of Willis' line, was a vessel of 622 tons, in command of Captain A. C. Clarke. Sailing from Gravesend on 18th April, she crossed the Equatorpage 200 22nd May and arrived 8th August. This vessel had hitherto earned a reputation for speed, her previous passage to Sydney having being made in 79 days. On the trip to Auckland for 12 consecutive days she made an average run of 290 miles per diem. She brought out 12 cabin and 128 second and steerage passengers.

Martaban, a fine iron ship of 900 tons, Captain Lawson. She was built by the celebrated builders, Messrs. Scott and Co., of Greenock, two years previous to her visit to Auckland. The "Southern Cross" stated: "She is a noble looking vessel, 170 feet in length, the first constructed of iron that has visited the port." The Martaban sailed from London 16th June and reached Auckland, on 8th October. She landed 108 passengers in excellent health. One of the passengers was Mrs. James Leigh, Clonbern Road, Remuera.

Conference, the first vessel to arrive at Auckland from Liverpool, was an iron ship of 531 tons, under Captain W. Webster. She sailed 16th August, and arrived 29th November.


Euphemus, ship, 586 tons, Captain William Hardwood, sailed from Gravesend 9th October, 1856, arrived 12th February with 114 passengers. Captain Hardwood reported that when off Tristan D'Acunha, the weather being so fine, no less than 26 sails were all within sight of each other.

Viscount Sandon, ship, 510 tons, one of Baines' Black Ball packets, Captain Hughes, sailed from the Mersey 18th October, 1856, arrived 13th February. This vessel met with the same fine weather as the Euphemus and was one of the 26 vessels in sight. She crossed the Equator in exactly the same number of days, 47 from the Mersey. Captain Hughes stated that in the course of many voyages to India and other places he had never encountered so many vessels as during this passage.

Kenilworth, ship, 537 tons, Captain James Thorn, sailed from the Downs 12th January, and arrived 4th May with 63 passengers for Auckland and 18 for New Plymouth.

Harkaway, ship, 898 tons, Captain Stephens, sailed from Gravesend 16th February, arrived 31st May.

Solent, ship, 733 tons, Captain Brookes, sailed from Downs 27th April, arrived 30th July. "The Southern Cross" reporting the ship's arrival, said that "from the time of weighing from Margate Roads until arrival at Auckland, the fore and main topsail sheets were never started." The ship brought 80 all told, 57 for Auckland and 23 for Canterbury.

Dinapore, ship, 789 tons, Captain James Louttit, sailed from Downs 17th April, arrived 5th August. She landed 89 passengers, and then proceeded on to New Plymouth.

Eastfield, 434 tons, Captain John Copland, sailed 6th August, arrived 12th December. The barque was 51 days reaching the Equator owing to light baffling winds. Three deaths occurred during the voyage.

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Cornubia, barque, 460 tons, Captain W. Elison, sailed from Downs 7th May, arrived after tedious passage of 121 days. She brought 57 passengers. The Cornubia was the first of John Morrison and Co.'s line to visit Auckland.

Anne Longton, ship, Captain Kirby, arrived 9th October, 118 days from Gravesend.


William Watson, barque, 480 tons, Captain William Brown, sailed from Plymouth 24th August, 1857, arrived 6th January. On 4th October, the cook good-naturedly jumped overboard to recover a cap lost by one of the passengers, the water being quite calm. The poor fellow suddenly disappeared, supposed to have been drawn under the quarter of the ship or seized by a shark. The barque came via New Plymouth and landed 44 passengers.

Tamar, barque, 600 tons, Captain J. Ross, sailed from London 11th October, 1857, and arrived 28th January.

Isabella Hamilton, barque, 280 tons, Captain Whittleton, sailed from Downs 24th December, 1857, and arrived 14th April. Among the passengers were Captain and Mrs. Walmsley.

The Bride, barque, 580 tons, Captain Spowart, sailed 1st February, arrived 21st June. On 24th April one of the sailors, with others, had broached cargo and become very drunk. He was sent aloft and fell from the maintop to the deck, fracturing his skull. In his descent he struck a child, one of the passengers. Both died within a few hours.

Swordfish, 345 tons, Captain J. Cundy, sailed from Downs 21st April, arrived 26th July.

Harwood, ship, 462 tons, Captain Forsyth, sailed from Downs 26th July, and arrived 4th November, the passage occupying only 95 days. She brought out 95 passengers.

Spirit Of Trade, barque, 450 tons, Captain McCulloch, sailed from Cork 3rd August, arrived 1st December. During the passage there were six deaths and six births.

Kingston, ship, 843 tons, Captain Weeks, sailed from Plymouth with 125 passengers, 15th September, arrived 28th December.


William Watson, barque, 480 tons, Captain C. MacFarlane, sailed from London 21st October, 1858, arrived 8th February. The barque brought 160 passengers.

Tornado, ship, 1100 tons, Captain Aitken, the first of the "White Star" line to visit Auckland. She left Liverpool on the 10th June, and arrived at Auckland 24th September, landing 35 saloon, 40 second class, and 210 intermediate and steerage passengers. This ship was the largest to visit Auckland up to that date.

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Harwood, ship, 500 tons, Captain Forsyth, sailed from Plymouth 11th August, and arrived on the 16th November, making the passage in 95 days port to port. She left Plymouth with 48 passengers—one died on the voyage.

Shooting Star, ship, 1160 tons, Captain Edward James Allen, sailed from Liverpool 11th August, arrived 30th November. The third ship of the "White Star" line to arrive at Auckland. She came into port in a crippled condition—mainmast fished and main topgallant mast down—after a passage of 111 days. She brought 173 passengers. Two deaths and two births occurred during the voyage.

Shalimar, ship, 1402 tons, Captain J. R. Brown. This fine ship, the largest to visit Auckland up to 1859, brought out 225 passengers. She sailed from Liverpool on 12th September and arrived 21st December. On the 6th October a marriage ceremony was celebrated, the Captain officiating. Three children died during the passage.

Boanerges, 1236 tons, Captain Dunn, sailed from Queenstown (Ireland) 13th September, 1859, arrived 22nd December with the second division of the 14th Regiment, consisting of 14 officers, 480 non-com, officers and privates, 42 women and 44 children, in command of Major Dwyer. Four deaths occurred during the voyage.

The Traveller, barque, 462 tons, Captain Ellis, sailed 19th March, and arrived 23rd July, after an unprecedently stormy passage.


Phoenix, 986 tons, Captain R. Brown, sailed from Liverpool 12th October, 1859, arrived 3rd February with 136 passengers (91 English, 29 Scotch, and 16 Irish). The Phoenix came south about and made the Snares 24th June. She was 10 days sailing up the coast to Auckland.

Frenchman, 1156 tons, Captain Renaut, sailed from Downs 8th December, 1859, arrived 21st March with 252 passengers. Smallpox broke out on board a fortnight after leaving England, and there were eight cases but only one fatal.

Avon, 645 tons, Captain Richardson, sailed from Downs 19th January and was anchored in Channel until 31st. This was her fourth voyage. Passengers, 61.

Northern Bride, 853 tons, Captain Betts, sailed from Liverpool 15th June, arrived 12th October. Passengers, 189.

Lord Burleigh, 647 tons, Captain F. W. Smith, sailed from Downs 18th November, 1859, arrived 22nd March. Passengers, 123. The Lord Burleigh previously visited Auckland in 1856, arriving 8th August, Captain Clarke in command.


Morning Star, 1327 tons, Captain Matthews, arrived 14th January, via Melbourne, with 80 passengers. She was sent out by the Black Ball line.

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Morning Light, 2377 tons, Captain Gillies, from Liverpool, via Melbourne, arrived 2nd March with 65 passengers. She was a noble vessel, built at St. John's, the largest vessel to arrive at Auckland up to the date.

Mersey, 812 tons, Captain D. Smith, sailed from London 22nd February, arrived 11th June. Passengers, 106. After discharging, the barque loaded kauri timber at Kaipara for London.

Henry Fernie, 1549 tons, Captain W. Hamilton, sailed from Queenstown 24th April, arrived 25th July. This ship brought out 18 officers, 692 men, and 69 women and children of various regiments.

Broadwater, 571 tons, Captain Stockman, sailed from Downs 3rd April, arrived 29th July. After passing Cape, the ship encountered, on 6th June, a heavy gale with hurricane squalls, which increased to a tornado, completely burying the ship and washing away a large portion of the bulwarks. It was impossible for the hands to go aloft to take in sail, so the fore topsails were let fly and the sails blown to ribbons. In a few minutes not a vestage of canvas remained on the yards, but the ship righted and was hove to, labouring terribly. One of the passengers, Mr. Henry Leeson, jumped overboard in a fit of insanity. The body was recovered but life was extinct. The Rev. Thatcher was a passenger.

Black Eagle, 1400 tons, Captain W. Smith, sailed from Plymouth 17th August, arrived 19th November. Passengers, 144. During a heavy gale the day after sailing, two casualties occurred, the first to a seaman, who fell from the rigging, which caused his death, and the second to a passenger, John H. Cobb, who fractured his leg in a fall. In November, 1924, four of the passengers by this ship were living in the Auckland province, viz: Mrs. Hooper, Messrs. William Taylor, R. C. Carr of Remuera, Auckland, and Mr. A. A. Alexander of Okaihau. When the vessel arrived, at Auckland there was not sufficient water to enable her to berth alongside the new wharf, which at that time extended from Quay Street to about half way down the present wharf, consequently the passengers and cargo had to be landed in cutters.


Royal Charlie, barque, 435 tons, Captain Escott, sailed from Downs 16th March, arrived 31st July. She had a long and boisterous passage to the Equator, which was crossed on the 44th day out. She brought out 91 passengers (53 Irish, 23 English and 15 Scotch—40 of whom were female servants).

Romulus, 703 tons, Captain Lord, sailed from Gravesend 26th June, and arrived 18th October, with 123 passengers including 80 English, 25 Scotch and 17 Irish.

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Shalimar, 1591 tons, Captain G. J. Harley, R.N.R., sailed from Liverpool 25th August, and called at Melbourne 12th November—79 days out and landed 360 passengers. The Shalimar brought 115 passengers and cargo for Auckland. She was sent out by the Liverpool White Star Co.


Cairngorm, 1161 tons, Captain H. Auld, sailed from Gravesend 11th September, 1862, arrived 7th January, and landed 118 passengers.

Claremont, 634 tons, Captain McIntosh, sailed from Gravesend 11th December, 1862, arrived 25th March, and landed 98 passengers. On February 20th an albatross was caught with a wooden label attached to its leg, on which was written: "Alarm, New York to Hong Kong, Lat. 39 deg. 10 min. S., Long. 55 deg. E."

Royal Bride, 545 tons, Captain Laker, sailed from the Downs 9th January, arrived 29th April—passengers, 24.


Maxwell, 1000 tons, Captain G. Jones, sailed from the Downs 7th April, arrived 28th July—passengers, 60.

Amersham, 742 tons, Captain J. B. Henry, sailed 16th March, arrived 7th August—143 days from the Downs.

Mary Warren, 955 tons, Captain Hornewood, sailed from London 21st May, arrived 10th September—passengers, 40.

Glendevon, 954 tons, Captain Brown, sailed from London 28th May, arrived 1st October—passengers, 35.

Eagle Speed, 1237 tons, Captain J. Brinsden, sailed from Gravesend 12th June, arrived 16th October—126 days port to port. She landed 191 passengers all in good health.

Jumna, 820 tons, Captain Garrick, sailed from Gravesend 4th July, arrived 24th October—passengers, 100.

Ardbeg, 921 tons, Captain Hobson, sailed from London 18th August, arrived 16th December—passengers, 160.

City Of Manchester, 534 tons, Captain Burrell, sailed from the Downs 29th September, 1863, and arrived 10th February after a protracted, passage of 140 days. She was 51 days out before the Line was crossed, owing to gales.

Golden City, 779 tons, Captain R. K. Martin, sailed from Gravesend 13th November, 1863, but owing to severe weather was compelled to put back and laid at the Downs until 19th. She took her final departure from Scilly 26th November. Her average run for a month after leaving the Cape was over 200 miles. The Golden City arrived at Auckland 4th March and landed 103 passengers.

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Lord Clyde, 531 tons, Captain Withers, sailed from London 2nd February, and arrived 5th May. She was a fine barque, and coming south about made the passage in 93 days. She brought only 21 passengers. The Golconda, which sailed from London 4th January, nearly a month before the Lord Cldye, arrived at Auckland on the same day.

Statesman, 811 tons, Captain Marshall, sailed from the Downs 1st January, and Land's End 17th, arriving at Auckland 6th March, after a protracted passage of 126 days. Running short of water, Captain Marshall put into Nelson for a supply when the ship was 120 days out. The Statesman brought 101 passengers, including 16 saloon.

Albert William, 505 tons, Captain Walker, sailed 10th August, arrived 5th December. New ship on her second voyage.

Gladiator, 503 tons, Captain Young, sailed 15th November, 1863, arrived 26th March.


Aliguis, 1121 tons, Captain Davidson, sailed from London 26th July, and made a good passage of 91 days, arriving 25th October, with 125 passengers, mostly assisted immigrants.

Armstrong, 817 tons, Captain A. Armstrong, a fine Nova Scotian built ship, sailed from the Downs 5th November, 1864, with 200 passengers, and arrived 16th February.

Ernestina, 1048 tons, Captain W. Fillan, R.N. This fine American built ship sailed from the Downs 28th October, 1864, and arrived 19th February. She brought out the fifth party of immigrants under the auspices of the Church of England Emigration Society, including Mr. Welch, of Birmingham, the general manager. There were on board 380 passengers, of whom 236 were Government immigrants.

Louisa, 900 tons, Captain Hall, sailed from Gravesend 9th November, 1864. The ship was delayed in the Channel with head winds for two weeks and put into Plymouth for water. She arrived at Auckland 28th March, being 139 days out. The Louisa brought 305 passengers, a large number of whom were assisted immigrants, also a small party of the Church of England special settlement.

Belgravia, 902 tons, Captain Jackson, sailed from Gravesend 3rd January, arrived 10th May. Experienced very heavy weather in Channel and was forced to take shelter in Torbay for several days, sailing from the Start 9th January. Passengers, 172.


Viscount Canning, 751 tons, Captain Wright, sailed from London and took her final departure from the Lizard 28th September, with 168 passengers. The barque arrived 21st January, 1866, after a tedious passage of 124 days.

Alexandra, 898 tons, Captain Dalgarno, sailed from London 17th January, arrived 25th May. She brought 39 passengers.

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John Scott, 655 tons, Captain M. Penfold, sailed from London 14th December, 1866, arrived 27th April, after a protracted voyage of 135 days.

Regina, 599 tons, Captain Linkehorne, sailed from the Downs 27th November, 1866, arrived 20th March. The Regina had visited New Zealand on two previous occasions, bringing a large number of passengers. In 1858 she arrived at Dunedin from London on 9th November under Captain Thornton. The following year she sailed from London with 283 passengers, on 2nd September, and arrived on 4th December at Lyttleton, Captain Thornton still being in command.

Merrington, arrived 29th August, 141 days.


Racehorse, arrived 8th July, 102 days.

Constance, arrived 24th July, 116 days.


Coulnakyle, Captain Morrison, sailed 13th March, arrived 12th June, making the passage in 90 days from Plymouth. The Coulnakyle and Kate Waters were in company off the Cape and arrived at Auckland on the same day.

Percy, arrived 9th March.

Rapids, arrived 8th March.

John Banfield, Captain Bastian, sailed from London 9th April, arrived 11th August.

Red Rover, 1042 tons, Captain Macauley, sailed from Gravesend 13th July, and Lizard 24th, arriving 19th October, 86 days land to land.


Hasquina, 428 tons, Captain Lowden, sailed from Liverpool 27th January, arrived 22nd May.

Inflexible, 997 tons, Captain Lyall, sailed from Gravesend 22nd December, 1869, arrived 3rd April. Was surrounded with icebergs—no less than 21 large bergs being in sight for three days. Passengers, 40.

Estrella, 499 tons, Captain Crowder, sailed from Liverpool 27th June, arrived 20th October.

Argyleshire, 700 tons, Captain Todd, sailed from Glasgow 2nd April, arrived 2nd August.


Naomi, 709 tons, Captain Robertson, sailed 16th November, 1871, arrived 6th March with 32 passengers.


Durham, Captain Sexton, sailed 29th November, 1872, arrived 4th March—passengers, 70.

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Edinburgh Castle, 627 tons, Captain H. Cape, sailed 4th December, 1872, arrived 14th May. When off Beachy Head the ship collided with the brigantine Fergus, carrying away some of her fore rigging, top gallant bulwarks and anchor stock. The brigantine was also damaged. The Edinburgh Castle put back to Deal for repairs, sailing again on the 28th December. She struck a heavy gale off Eddystone Lighthouse and had to put back to Portland. She made her final start on 24th January.


Dorette, 847 tons, Captain Ayles, sailed from London 19th January, and from the Lizard 25th, arriving at Auckland 14th April after a rapid passage of 83 days port to port. The Dorette was a new ship purchased by the N.Z. Shipping Company, and when she returned to England her name was changed to Waimea. The several voyages made by the Waimea are recorded in Vol. 1, White Wings. The Dorette brought out 319 passengers, and when she arrived in port was placed in quarantine owing to an outbreak of scarletina during the voyage.

Huntly Castle, 423 tons, Captain McAuley, sailed from London 22nd February, under the flag of the Shaw, Savill Co., and arrived 28th May with 26 passengers, after a fair weather passage of 94 days.


Ada, 686 tons, Captain Asuls, sailed from London 20th November, 1874, arrived 8th March.

John Rennie, 874 tons, Captain Nicholson, sailed from Start Point 17th May, arrived 27th August.

White Eagle, 878 tons, Captain Andrews, sailed from Lizard 17th July, and arrived 11th October, after a pleasant and uneventful passage, occupying 86 days. The White Eagle visited Port Chalmers in 1876 under Captain Roberts. She sailed 8th August from London, and arrived 8th November, making the passage in 92 days.

Star Of Germany, Captain Wilson, sailed from London 22nd August, arrived 23rd November.

Shooting Star, 422 tons, Captain Gillies, sailed from Docks 23rd December, 1874, arrived 17th May. The passage occupied 145 days, owing to heavy weather nearly all the way.


La Escocesa, 946 tons, Captain Evans, sailed from London 5th February, arrived 8th May.

Inverallen, 650 tons, Captain McCann, sailed from Gravesend 19th March, arrived 30th June.


No Ships.

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Martha Fisher, 811 tons, Captain Morguard, sailed 15th April, arrived 5th August.

Clan Fergusson, 800 tons, Captain lack, sailed 20th September, arrived 18th December—smart passage of 89 days.

Apelles, 1030 tons, Captain Blackstone, sailed from Glasgow 16th October, 1877, arrived 27th January with 249 passengers. The Apelles made one voyage to Lyttelton in 1874. She sailed on 17th January and arrived 5th May, 98 days passage, under Captain McLay.


Weymouth, barque, Captain Hamilton, sailed from Gravesend, 28th January, arrived 11th June, after a protracted passage of 133 days.

Isle of Bute, 926 tons, Captain McAvoy, sailed 7th March, arrived 27th June; 113 days from Docks.

Inglewood, 1043 tons, Captain Brocklebank, sailed from Gravesend 25th September, arrived 26th December, with 38 passengers.


Dunloe, barque, Captain Davies, sailed 29th August, arrived 8th December, 101 days from Docks.


No Ships.


Roman Empire, 1542 tons, Captain Adamson, sailed 23rd October, 1881, arrived 19th January, after a fast passage of 89 days from Docks. Passengers, 540. Captain Adamson is still living in Auckland.

Easterhill, 890 tons, Captain D. Evans, sailed 27th March, arrived 10th July, 103 days from Gravesend. Passengers, 27.


Clyde, 1140 tons, Captain Hoyle, sailed from London 1st February, arrived 30th May. Passengers, 38.

East Lothian, 1389 tons, Captain Carve, sailed 19th March, arrived 2nd July. Passengers, 27.


Glenrosa, Captain McEwan, sailed 19th March, arrived 28th June. Rather a stormy passage, vessel's sails being blown away on 31st May. (Shaw, Savill.)


Katherine, 1630 tons, Captain Spille, sailed 19th April, arrived 27th July, 99 days from London Docks.

Duchess of Argyle, 1699 tons, Captain Herd, sailed 30th May, arrived 13th September, 106 days from Gravesend. Passengers, 34.

After 1885 very few passengers arrived by sailing ships at any of the ports.