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The Missing New Zealand Ship 'MATOAKA'
The Matoaka, No. 14705, sailed from Lyttelton on the 13th May 1869 and has never since been heard of. She was commanded by Captain Alfred Stevens, and carried a crew of 32 men, and 45 passengers, including 13 women.
Passengers - 47
Allison William Allison Mrs S Allison H Allison S Allison M Allison J Allison M Allison D Brown Archibald Brown Comp W Cooksey W C Evans Dr Iliffe Dr Iliffe Mrs Grant Rev. G. Grant Mrs Grant George Grant Alice Grant Grant Alfred Grant Arthur William Handcock Mr W [Hancock] Handcock Mrs Handcock Elizabeth Handcock Caroline Henry S J Henry Mrs [Hanley] Henry James Henry infant Hensley Louis B Hensley Mrs Mary Hensley Edith Mary Hoskyns C H Hoskyns Mrs Hoskyns C H Hoskyns F J Hoskyns infant Kennaway Miss Catherine Kennaway Miss Sarah Soper ___, servant Moss W H Pusey W R Wilcox Master Henry Wildman W S Wilson F C Wilson Mrs Wilson William Wilson Catherine
Reference: The Times, London, 22 March
1870, page 9
[Southland Times Jan. 21 1870 pg2]
The Star Wednesday 12th May 1869
Lyttelton. Cleared customs May 11, ship 1093 tons, Stevens for London. She will sail for London tonight, the s.s. Gazelle being engaged to tow her outside the heads. Passengers - cabin:
Mr and Mrs Hancock, Misses Hancock (2)
Mr and Mrs Hoskyns and three children
Rev. Mr and Mrs G. Grant and four children
Misses Kennaway (2) and servant
Dr and Mrs Iliffe
Mr and Mrs Wilson and two children
Mr and Mrs Alison and six children
Messrs Brown, Coup, Pusey and Cooksey
The Scottish law reporter: continuing reports ... of cases decided ..., Volume 9 page 515 Year 1872
On 27th May 1662, Ann Ruddiman Murray, one of the daughters of Alexander Murray, was married to the Reverend George Grant, sometime of Aberdeen, afterwards clergyman in New Zealand, and went to New Zealand with her husband in the same year. Mrs Grant had attained majority prior to her marriage. In May 1869 Mr Grant, having given up his charge in New Zealand, embarked with his wife and their whole family, viz., three boys and a daughter, on board the sailing vessel " Matoaka," at Lyttelton, New Zealand, bound for London, intending to return to Scotland. At this time Mr Grant was of the age of thirty-eight years, Mrs Grant was of the age of thirty-four years, and the four children were all in pupilarity, the eldest having been born on 1st February 1864. The ship "Matoaka" having never been spoken with or heard of after her departure from New Zealand, the parties were satisfied that Mr Grant and his wife and children were dead, and were agreed in elating as matter of fact that they had perished at sea.
2892 bales wool, 2375 sacks wheat, 230 bales flax, 200 bales skins, 650 sacks flour