White Wings Vol II. Founding Of The Provinces And Old-Time Shipping. Passenger Ships From 1840 To 1885
Essex, 329 tons, Captain Oakley, arrived January 4th.
Thomas Sparks, Captain Sharp, from London, via Cape of Good Hope, arrived January 31st. This vessel brought a number of passengers, including a few immigrants for Nelson. She made a long voyage, the run from the Cape occupying 50 days. When entering Wellington Heads she was fouled by the brig Margaret, from Sydney. The Thomas Sparks had a portion of her bulwarks stove in, and the brig lost her bowsprit.
Tyne, 500 tons, Captain Robertson, sailed from London February 12th, arrived 11th August with 17 passengers. She called at Cape of Good Hope May 12th, and Hobart Town July 31st. The barque was compelled to put into Hobart to replenish her water supply. Here some of the passengers, who had booked for Auckland, were informed of a Maori massacre in New Zealand and refused to come on to the Dominion. Mr. J. Stewart, second officer, fell overboard at the mouth of the River Derwent on July 31st, and was drowned.
Ursula, 490 tons, Captain Martin, sailed from London May 24th, arrived September 12th.
Mandarin, 650 tons, Captain Smith, sailed from London, via Hobart and Auckland, arrived December 10th.