Arrival of the 'Halcione' at New Plymouth 1875.

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The 'Halcione' off Lyttelton Heads from a painting by George W. White, painted between 1870-1888.

The full rigged iron ship 'Halcione', 878 tons, in the New Zealand service, 1869-96.  She completed 26 voyages to New Zealand until wrecked on 8th January 1896 in Fitzroy Bay, Wellington Heads,  90 days out from London with a cargo of general merchandise. The Halcione was built in 1869 by R. Steele of Greenock and acquired by Shaw Saville the same year. 191.7 feet long, 29.4 feet breadth, 18.8 feet depth. She was built for J Parker & Co. and acquired by Shaw Saville & Albion in 1880.  In 1888 her rig was reduced to that of a barque. 

Passenger List

The following is a transcript and newspaper images from the 'Taranaki Herald' Saturday September 4th 1875, pg 2.  Go to 
  'Papers Past' - a NZ National Library website. to see the newspaper.

 The 'Halcione' departed London/Gravesend 25 May 1875 and arrived New Plymouth and on to Wellington 5 September 1875 under the command of Capt. J.E. Croker

Shipping Intelligence
New Plymouth Arrivals
Sept. - Halcione, 842 tons, Croker, from London, with 290 Government immigrants. - Brown & Co. agents.

Voyage Account

The ship Halcione arrived the roadstead last Thursday, making the passage from Gravesend in ninety-nine days. She brings general cargo for Wellington, and 220 immigrants for this Province, the latter being under the charge of Dr. P. Lee. Captain Croker reports leaving East India Docks on the 25th May, and anchoring at Gravesend on the 26th, where she embarked her emigrants. On the 27th the ship passed a survey, and a family of five persons with measles were sent on shore. The pilot was landed at Deal on the 28th; and on the 30th landed the Channel pilot at Star Point. On the 29th caught the S.E. trades, but well to the southward and strong; the ship just clearing the Brazillian coast all the way down. On the 5th July tacked off Albatross Island for a distance of thirty miles. On the 20th July passed Tristan da Cunha, and experienced fresh westerly and northerly winds with fine weather until longitude 53 deg. E. when the weather underwent a complete change; the barometer rising and falling suddenly, with a heavy sea, which continued with strong occasional gales. The barometer at times fell as much as 4.10 in the hour. On the 14th spoke the captain of the Rodney for Wellington. On the 15th a gale from the S.W. sprang up, which lasted six hours, when the wind blew a perfect hurricane, the sea being terrific. Hove-to at 8.30 am. From thence the ship had light winds up to her arrival. The doctor of the ship, that just two cases of measles were discovered, which in two days increased to twelve. He accordingly turned the largest boat on the skids into a hospital, and so isolated the patients as much as possible from the rest of the passengers during the time of their illness. Since then the immigrants have enjoyed excellent health.

Flattering Testimonials

To Captain J.E. Croker, of the Ship Halcione
Dear Sir,- We the undersigned, passengers and emigrants on board the Halconie, desire to express to you our grateful sense of unvarying courtesy and kindness throughout our passage to New Zealand. Amidst the somewhat trying occurrences of life on board ship, your good sense and forbearance have always conduced much to the comfort and happiness of those sailing under your charge. We wish specially to thank you for your thoughtful care of the sick at all times, and feel that we greatly owe the general health of the ship to your unremitting exertions. In the very heavy weather your skill rendered us not safe but comfortable.
Before leaving your ship we desire once more to thank you, and at the same time to ask you to accept a sextant, as a small token of our esteem and regard.
W.C.B. Cave
J.L. Harris
Rev. C.O. Mules
I. Northworthy
R. Parrington
Rev. J.F. Teakle
W. Woodford
R.G. Bauchope
W.M. Summerhays
M. Summerhays, juni.
J. Tolan
A. Wheeler
and 150 emigrants,
Off Taranaki, New Zealand,
August 31st 1875

To the Captain and Officers of the Ship Halcione
Gentleman,- We, the undersigned Swiss emigrants, wish, before leaving you and your ship, to tender out sincere thanks for the care and kindness you have shewn to us during our passage to New Zealand.
As the most of us were not conversant with the English language, we may have caused you occasionally more trouble than our fellow - emigrants, but you have always treated us with the greatest patience and kindness. As there are likely some more of our countrymen to follow us soon, we hope they may be fortunate enough to make the voyage on board as good a ship as yours, and treated as well as we have been.
We feel much obliged to Mr R. Bauchope, the doctor's assistant and chief constable, for his great assistant and attention to the sick and suffering at any time when called upon, and assure him that we shall always most thankfully remember him.
Wishing you every success in your future career, we remain, gentlemen, ever gratefully yours,
F. Hunger
Nicholaus Heulis
Jacob Meuli
John Martin Parli
Bartholomew Hunger
Richard Casper
Christian Durisch
Wieland Hunger and family
T. Aleman and family
Wieland Gredig, mother, and three sisters,
Rudolf Hunger and sister
On board the Halcione, off the coast of New Zealand, 31st August, 1875


The ship 'Halcione' was signalled at the flagstaff on Thursday afternoon, and preparations were immediately made for boarding her. At five o'clock, a boat containing Dr. O'Carroll (Health Officer), Mr. Hulke (Immigration Officer), Captain Holford (Harbour Master), Mr. Bennett left the shore, and met the vessel about eight miles out. On hailing her, the Captain reported a clean bill of health, and therefore she was immediately boarded; and the vessel gradually neared the roadstead. The boat, after remaining alongside about half-an -hour, returned again leaving Captain Holford, Mr Hulke, Dr. O'Carroll, and Mr. Bennett on board.

At about six o'clock yesterday morning the 'Halcione' dropped her anchor, and a cargo boat put off from the beach at about the same time. The single girls were put in the first boat, and as adequate accommodation had not been provided for the purpose, the trans-shipment of them was very difficult. The ladder was at the ship's side, down which all who landed had to descend and wait their opportunity on the bottom steps to drop into the arms of a couple of men, who were in the boat below in readiness to receive them. As there was a heavy sea on, the boat would sometimes rise above the level of the steps, and at the next moment be about ten feet below. If a landing chair had been rigged up in readiness, it would have been more convenient and less dangerous for the females.

The second boat brought a number of the married couples, but on reaching the shore if was found that the sea was too rough to venture for more. It is unfortunate that the whole of the passengers were not landed, but the 'Halcione' was rolling very much, and was dragging her anchor all the time the cargo boat was alongside. Unluckily the steamer 'Lady Bird' arrived and was tendered before the ship, thus the time lost at the steamer shut out all hope of getting to the 'Halcione' again. About ten o'clock the weather became rather squally, and the wind blowing strongly from the N.E., the 'Halcione' had to put to sea with the bulk of her consignment of immigrants still on board, and those who were landed had neither bedding nor luggage-only in fact just what they stood up in. Captain Holford and Mr. Bennett are on board, and as the weather shows signs of clearing up, the chances are that the vessel may again make for the roadstead.

There have been eight deaths of children on the 'Halcione' all being under two years of age, and three births. The vessel is reported as remarkably clean. Two very flattering testimonials have been presented to the captain and officers of the vessel-one by the cabin passengers, of whom there are twelve, and one by Swiss immigrants, which will be found on our shipping column. We are not aware however, of Dr. Percy Lee, the ship's surgeon of the vessel receiving one. Of the immigrants for Taranaki, twenty-two single women were landed, two Swiss families, and all the Swiss single-girls, and one Swiss adult who has been in the province before. English families equal to 39˝ statute adults were landed and located in the barracks, whilst four families  (equal to 8˝ statute adults) nominated immigrants, who landed, were at once taken charge of by their friends.

The immigrants that were landed seems to be very comfortable and perfectly satisfied with the accommodation provided for them at the barracks; also expressing their satisfaction at the provisions, saying that they only wished those on board could have partaken of some of the excellent dinner that they had had provided for them. They also speak in the highest terms of Captain Croker, stating that he looked after the care of the passengers in a most fatherly manner; and some of the mothers say that they owe the lives of their children to his kindness. It is very gratifying to hear the Captain spoken of in this manner; and as a portion of the families have been separated, and those landed have all their clothing and bedding on board, it is very probable that Captain Croker will again show in and land the remainder of his passengers for this port. 

Surname		 Name  		Age Occupation 	County/Country 
Alleman 	Johannes 	44 farm labourer Switzerland 
 		Elizabeth 	32   
 		Eva 		 6   
 		John  		 4   
 		Sebastian 	 3   

Allenby 	Henry 		33 farm labourer Lincolnshire 
 		Sarah 		26   
 		Thomas 		 6   
 		Lucy 		 4   
 		Joseph 		 3   
		Annie 		 1   

Allum 		James 		39 labourer 	 Middlesex 
 		Jane 		38   
 		Mary Jane 	17 servant 	 Middlesex 	 T/SW
 		James 		11   

Ashley 		Francis 	38 farm labourer Lincolnshire 
 		Hannah 		34   
 		Francis  	 6 
Barron 		John 		26 farm labourer Lincolnshire 
 		Mary 		23   
 		Amelia 		 1   
Blackburn 	C W 		25 farm labourer Lincolnshire 
 		Jane 		21   

Bocock 		Wm 		21 farm labourer Lincolnshire 
 		Betsy 		20   

Borman 		John 		42 farm labourer Lincolnshire 
 		Hettey 		41   

Burkett 	James 		43 farm labourer Lincolnshire 
 		Eliza 		33   
 		Eliza  		11   
 		Jas. 		 5   
 		John 		 3   
 		Ann 		 1  
Bushell 	Thomas 		32 farm labourer Lincolnshire 
 		Eliza 		26   
 		Thomas 		10   
 		George  	 8   
 		Arthur  	 6   
 		Mary  		 4   
 		Susan 		 3   
 		Wm 		 1

Bushell 	Robert 		30 farm labourer Lincolnshire 
 		Elizabeth 	25   

Carmichael 	Andrew 		35 ironmonger    Stirlingshire 
 		Annie 		31 
Collinghood 	William 	31 farm labourer Lincolnshire 
 		Jane 		35 
 		Eliza 		 9   
 		Geo. 		 7   
 		Jane 		 4   
 		Mary   		 1 
Cox 		Thomas 		31 farm labourer Lincolnshire 
 		Elizabeth 	29   
 		Elizabeth	 3   

Crowley 	W. 		26 farm labourer Lincolnshire 
 		Mary Jane 	20   
Single Women  
Cartwright 	Mary 		16 servant Lincolnshire 
Cartwright 	Fanny 		12 servant Lincolnshire 
Chatterton 	Charlotte 	23 servant Lincolnshire  
Chatteron 	Emily 		18 servant Lincolnshire   
Collingwood 	Sarah E 	14 servant Lincolnshire 
Fawcett 	Sarah 		26 servant Lincolnshire 
Feek 		Annie 		14 servant Norfolk 
Hopkinson 	Eliza 		16 servant Notts 
Hunger 		Veronica 	22 cook    Switzerland 
Gredig 		Anna C 		59 servant Switzerland 
Gredig 		Margaret 	23 servant Switzerland
Gredig 		Ann M 		21 servant Switzerland 
Gredig 		Ann  		19 servant Switzerland
Langley 	Maria 		12 servant Lincolnshire 
Longstaff 	Hannah 		24 Servant Lincolnshire 
Longstaff 	Emma 		17 servant Lincolnshire 
Longstaff 	Fanny 		16 servant Lincolnshire 
Longstaff 	Louisa 		14 servant Lincolnshire 
Longstaff 	Miriam 		12 servant Lincolnshire 
Lowe 		Frances 	14 servant Lincolnshire  
Quickfall 	Anne 		12 servant Lincolnshire 

Taranaki Herald Wednesday 6 September 1875
The Halcione Immigrants. - We learn by telegram that the 'Halcione' has arrived in Wellington, and that her immigrants were transhipped to the s.s. Taranaki, which sailed for this port yesterday, and may be expected tomorrow.

Taranaki Herald Saturday 11 September 1875 page 2
Arrived. Sept. 9 - Taranaki, s.s., 299 tons, Lloyd, from Southern Ports. Passengers - Captain Holford, Messrs Bennett and Oxenham and 139 immigrants.

Mr Hulke, Immigration Agent met them on the beach. They were at once taken to the barracks, where breakfast awaited them, and of which they were quite prepared to partake. The immigrants are a good specimen of English laborers, and a large number of them have already been engaged. The following is a list of the names of all those that arrived here on Thursday last:-

Passenger list for Halcione, 189 persons, who arrived in New Plymouth last Thursday:
Boulton         George		27 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
Boulton         Ann         	26 
Boulton         Thomas     	 5 
Boulton         Charles      	 3 
Cartwright      William 	40 Shepherd 		Lincolnshire 
Cartwright      Charlotte 	32 
Cartwright      Emma 		10 
Cartwright      Louisa 		 6 
Chatterton      Arthur 		35 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
Chatterton      Mary 		32 
Chatterton      Rosanna 	 9 
Chatterton      Willie 		 7 
Chatterton      Walter 		 4 
Clough 		Frank     	48 Labourer 		Lincolnshire 
Clough       	Eliza 		42 
Clough       	Elizabeth 	10 
Clough      	Edward 		 7
Clough		Tom 		 4 
Dobson      	William 	50 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
Dobson        	Sarah 		41 
Dobson     	Alice 		10 
Dobson     	Richard 	 8 
Dobson 		Kate 		 6 
Dobson 		Jane 		 3 
Davidson	George 		48 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
Davidson	Ann 		45 
Fawcett 	George 		55 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
Fawcett 	Ann 		40 
Fawcett		Robert 		 6 
Fawcett		George 		 5 
Fawcett		David 		 3 
Fawcett		Mary 		 1 
Feek 	 	William 	49 Farm Labourer 	Norfolk 
Feek 	 	Maria 		33 
Feek 	 	Betsy 		11 
Feek 	 	William 	 9 
Feek	 	Emma 		 6 
Feek	 	Jane 		 4 
Feek 		Louisa 		 1 
Hellier 	George 		55 Farm Labourer 	Devon 
Hellier 	Elizabeth 	36 
Hellier 	William  	 2 
Hopkinson 	William 	55 Farm Labourer 	Notts 
Hopkinson 	Sarah 		40 
Hopkinson 	Thomas 		 9 
Hopkinson 	Harriet 	 6 
Hopkinson 	Fanny 		 5 
Hopkinson 	Charles 	 2 
Ireland 	William 	26 Farm Labourer 	Yorkshire 
Ireland 	Eliza 		24 
Ireland 	Harriet 	 4 
Ireland 	Thomas 		 2 
Ireland 	Annie 		 1 
Kendal 		George 		32 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
Kendal 		Hannah 		31 
Kendal 		Mary 		 8 
Kendal 		Frederick	 5 
Kendal 		John 		 3 
Kendal 		Thomas 		 2 
Kendal 		Henry 		 1 
Lacey 		Francis 	35 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
Lacey 		Sarah 		30 
Lacey 		Georgina 	10 
Lacey 		Catherine 	 8 
Lacey 		Elizabeth 	 7 
Lacey 		Francis 	 4 
Lacey 		Emma 		 2 
Langley 	Richard 	43 Farm Servant		Lincolnshire 
Langley 	Hannah 		36
Langley 	Henry 		10 
Langley 	Sarah 		 8 
Langley 	Ernest 		 1 
Langley		Frank 		10 
Langley		Alice 		 9 
Langley 	Wright 		 7 
Langley		Stella 		 5
Langley		David 		 1 
Longstaff 	Tom 		47 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
Longstaff 	Betsy 		48 
Longstaff 	Harry 		10 
Longstaff 	Charles		 8 
Longstaff 	Isaac 		 8 
Longstaff 	George 		 3 
Longstaff	Betsy 		 1 
Looney	 	Ewan 		26 Farmer 		Isle of Man 
Looney 		Margaret 	24 
Looney	 	Ewan 		 1 
Lowe 		William 	43 Labourer	 	Lincolnshire 
Lowe		Mary 		37 
Lowe		Henry		10
Lowe		Sarah		 8
Lowe		Ernest		 1
MacKinder 	John 		35 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
MacKinder 	Sarah 		29 
MacKinder 	John 		 7 
MacKinder 	Thomas 		 3 
Milford 	John 		26 Labourer 		Devonshire 
Milford 	Sarah 		24 
Milford 	Thomas 		 1 
Morris 		Charles 	20 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
Morris 		Ellen 		22 
Mumby 		George 		30 Labourer 		Lincolnshire 
Mumby 		Sarah 		26 
Mumby 		John 		 6 
Mumby 		Jane 		 5 
Mumby 		Christopher 	 3 
Mumby 		William 	 1 
Parkin 		Edward 		34 Timber Carrier 	Lincolnshire 
Parkin 		Ellen 		36 
Parkin 		Maria 		 6 
Parkin 		Ellen 		 4 
Parkin 		Susannah 	 2 
Parkin 		Thomas 		25 Timber Carrier 	Lincolnshire 
Parkin 		Hannah 		23 
Parkin 		Harry 		 1 
Phillips 	Jesse 		25 Shoemaker 		Lincolnshire 
Phillips 	Sarah 		29 
Phillips 	Arthur 		 3 
Phillips 	James 		 1 
Phillips 	William 	28 Blacksmith 		Hants. 
Phillips 	Mary 		27 
Phillips 	Mary 		 2 
Phillips 	Frederick 	 1 
Quickfall 	Joseph 		43 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
Quickfall 	Mary 		40 
Quickfall 	William 	 6 
Quickfall 	Elizabeth 	 3 
Quickfall 	Emma 		 1 
Taylor 		Tom 		25 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
Taylor 		Ann 		23 
Taylor 		George 		28 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
Taylor 		Maria 		21 
Urry 		Tom 		25 Labourer 		Lincolnshire 
Urry 		Emma 		35 
Urry 		Thomas 		11 
Urry 		William 	 9 
Urry 		Sarah 		 7 
Urry 		Frederick 	 5 
Urry 		Thomas 		 1 
Ward	 	Henry 		20 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire
Ward	 	Harriet 	19 
Whiting 	David 		30 Farm Labourer 	Cambridge 
Whiting		Caroline 	25 
Whiting		Sarah 		 7 
Whiting		Frank 		 4 
Whiting		Mary Ann 	 2
Whiting		Joseph		 1
Wright 		Edward 		37 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
Wright 		Charlotte 	39 
Wright	 	Eliza 		 5 
Wright 		Alice 		 3 
Wright	 	Maud 		 1 
Single Men  
Bauchop 	Robert G 	38 Labourer 		Clackmannan 
Caspar 		Richard 	37 Farm Labourer 	Switzerland 
Clough 		George 		18 Ploughman 		Lincolnshire 
Clough 		Henry 		16 Ploughman 		Lincolnshire 
Clough 		John 		14 Labourer 		Lincolnshire 
Clough 		Mathew 		12 Labourer 		Lincolnshire 
Cartwright 	William 	14 Labourer 		Lincolnshire 
Davidson 	Edward 		18 Labourer 		Lincolnshire 
Dobson 		Charles 	13 Labourer 		Lincolnshire 
Durisch 	Christian 	33 Farm Labourer 	Switzerland 
Fawcett 	William 	13 Labourer 		Lincolnshire 
Fawcett 	Thomas 		20 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
Grodig 		Wieland 	32 Farm Labourer 	Switzerland 
Hopkinson 	Joseph 		13 Labourer 		Notts 
Hunger 		Rudolf 		20 Blacksmith 		Switzerland 
Hunger  	Bartholomew 	26 Farm Labourer 	Switzerland 
Harness 	James 		21 Labourer 		Lincolnshire 
Harness 	Barton 		19 Labourer 		Lincolnshire 
Holt 		Charles 	20 Farm Labourer	Lincolnshire 
Hufton		George 		20 Carpenter 		Switzerland 
Lowe 		Alfred 		12 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
Langley		Edwin 		14 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
Langstaff 	Benjamin 	19 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
Melin 		Nicholas 	20 Carpenter 		Switzerland 
Melin 		Jacob 		21 Saddler 		Switzerland 
Mumby 		Richard 	21 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
Percival 	Arthur 		20 Farm Labourer 	Northampton 
Parli 		John M		21 Farm Labourer 	Switzerland 
Parkin 		John 		21 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
Peel 		William 	22 Blacksmith 		Lincolnshire
Quickfall 	Joseph 		16 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
Quickfall 	James 		14 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
Urry 		William 	32 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
Urry 		Frederick 	28 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
Waite 		James 		18 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire 
Ward  		Charles 	22 Farm Labourer 	Lincolnshire
Wyatt		Robert 		18 Labourer 		Devonshire 

The Captain of the 'Halcione' blames those who were engaged to tender the ship for not landing all the passengers at this port. "On the 3rd September, at 6.30 am, anchored at Taranaki roadstead, where great delay was experienced in getting the immigrants away. Ninety-one of those intended for Taranaki landed in two boats. The ship was obliged to heave up her anchor and proceed to sea, on account of a north-wester and a heavy sea rolling in. All of the immigrants might have been landed (as the captain informs us) if proper attention had been paid to the ship, as she let go her anchor at daylight close to shore, as agreed on by the Immigration Commissioner the evening before. After the ship was brought up no boats came off for at least an hour, and them the steamer which went ashore for another boat came off again without one. Towed the first boat ashore, and them brought another off, with an interval of about three-quarters of an hour between each boat. The ship dragged her anchor with forty-five fathoms of chain in Taranaki roadstead. and was obliged to bring away with her the Taranaki pilot and one of the Immigration officers to Wellington. The weather cleared up in four hours afterwards, and had the ship remained, the whole of the passengers might have been transhipped before six o'clock the same evening.

Taranaki Herald Sept. 9 1875 pg1

Diary of E. I. (Emily Isabella ) Summerhays and later account of voyage by Frances Summerhays at the The Museum of Wellington - City & Sea.
Surgeon Percy Lee's Medical Journal and passenger list and diary of William Bocock at the Puke Ariki - Taranaki Research Centre. The passenger list has a name index of passengers with details of their place of birth, occupation, cost of passage, and death. The Medical Journal has details day-to-day events; the medical journal includes lists of patients, their maladies, treatment and other remarks.

A Total Wreck

The Nelson Evening Mail Thursday 9th January 1896 pg 2

The barque Halcione, Captain Boorman, from London to Wellington, ran ashore at Wellington Heads, near the lighthouse late last night. The crew are safe. The vessel made Pencarrow light about 8.30 last night. The wind which had been northerly had then changed to the south, blowing hard with flashes if lightning, and rain falling. The barque was close to land on the eastern side near the lighthouse, and shortly afterwards was s truck by a squall and ran on the rocks in a dangerous position. A heavy swell was running, and Captain Boorman ordered the boats to be cut away. One boat was manned by Mr Joynt, chief officer, and a crew of five. They came on to Wellington after an arduous pull in a heavy sea. They reached town drenched, and requested assistance for the disabled vessel. The s.s. Mana was despatched as soon as possible having on board captain Bendall, Secretary to the Underwriters' Association. The cargo consists 772 tons of cargo (including 1700 packages of gunpowder and 500 barrels cement) for Wellington, and 15 tons of transhipment. She was 90 days out. The Halcione struck rocks in Fitzroy Bay, and from there the Lighthouse is not visible. Fitzroy Bay is to the eastward of Pencarrow Head. She struck one of the three rocky points at the head of the bay at 10.30 pm, and there she lies surrounded by rocks. The second boat was launched successfully but on nearing the shore was smashed against the rocks. The occupants were thrown out, but all managed to scramble ashore safely. They then walked about four miles to Small Bay on the harbour side of Pencarrow lighthouse, where they were picked up by the s.s. Mana and brought on here. The crew saved only what they were in. 
Captain Boorman is in command of a crew of 14. 
Mr Joynt, of Christchurch, chief officer;
Mr Farmer (?Palmer), of Blenheim, 2nd officer;
Mr Wheeler, 3rd officer: 
Mr Eggington, carpenter:
A. Larsen, sailmaker:
Taylor, steward
Trapp, Collyer, Thompson, and Davis apprentices:
Curtis, McDougall, Ewings, Chambers, Beaumont, Logan and Freeman crewman

The emigrant barque 'Halcione' sails homeward bound from Nelson.

The barque Halcione setting sail while under tow towards the old entrance of Nelson. The pilot is standing at the bow and the pilot boat is being towed astern. The Halcione visited Nelson five times: 1887, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894.

Taranaki Herald Saturday 11 September 1875 page 2
Emigrants expected per  'Chile.'

The Halcione made ten voyages to Wellington including one in 1879 and was wrecked there when attempting to enter the port 8 January 1896.

Evening Post, 14 July 1873, Page 2
Arrived -  July 14 - Albion, ss, 591 tons, McLean from Melbourne, via the South.
July 14 - Heversham, barque, 465 tons, Vule from Newcastle.
July 14— Schiehallion, barque, 602 tons, from London
July 14 — Halcione, ship, 542 tons, Bishop, for London

Passenger list, Per Albion ; Cabin —Major Croker, Hon W. Robinson and family, Hon Mr and Mrs Peter, Colonel Brett, Messrs Mason, Lambert, Cook, Murray, Thomson, Steward, Cuthbertson, Palmer, Bluett, Webb, Brown, Studholme, Parker, Thompson ; 5 steerage, 25 for other port
Per Halcione : Cabin — Mr and Mrs Bunnett, Mrs Mills, Mrs Bishop, Mr and Mrs Caulier, Miss Mitchell, Messrs Butler, Hadfield, Riach, and Master Bishop, Second Cabin — Mr and Mrs Kilminster. Mrs Bailey and 7 children, Mr and Mrs Sanson, Misses Sanson (2), Mr Lowes, wife, and children, 262 in the steerage.