White Wings Vol II. Founding Of The Provinces And Old-Time Shipping. Passenger Ships From 1840 To 1885
Ralph Bernal, 400 tons, Catpain McLaren, sailed from the Downs 23rd July, arrived 3rd December. The following year this barque, when bound from Sydney to London, put into Nelson to repair damage caused during a series of gales of the worst description, shortly after leaving Sydney; she was leaking badly. The "Examiner" said: "The Ralf Bernal will proceed direct from Nelson to England, consequently there will be no postage charged on letters.
Bernicia, 548 tons, Captain Arnold, from London, via Taranaki, arrived 5th November. Captain Arnold was formerly in command of the Fifeshire, the first immigrant ship to Nelson, which was wrecked on leaving the harbour.