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



Westminster, 731 tons, Captain Westgarth, from London, via Lyttelton, arrived 6th March.

Palmyra, 706 tons, Captain Tierney, from London, via Otago, arrived 26th March.

Sebastian, 364 tons, Captain Begg, from London, arrived 20th May. Passengers, 25. The passage occupied 93 days land to land. During a gale, when the vessel was in the Bay of Biscay, one of the crew was swept overboard and drowned. Two other sailors were drowned before the conclusion of the voyage. They were sitting on a staging making some repairs to the ship's stern, when the staging carried away, throwing the men into the water.

Camilla, Captain McDonald, sailed from London 12th January, via Hobart, arrived 19th June. Soon after leaving England the passengers complained of the provisions supplied them and against their general treatment. Their water allowance was cut short, and salt pork and mouldy biscuits were their staple articles of food. When their water supply was almost exhausted a providential fall of rain brought relief. Scurvy broke out on board, and in the absence of any medical comforts, there was no relief for the sufferers. Consequently the barque put into Hobart for provisions and medicine, on 4th June. A change of captains was made there.

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Chieftain, 382 tons, Captain McLean, from London, arrived 19th October. The vessel made a long passage of 147 days. The first officer got drunk during the voyage and besides refusing lawful commands, assaulted the Captain. He was put in the lock-up until arrival.