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Otago Witness Shipping News July 2 1859
July 2 1859
Arrived. June 27 Prince Alfred, s.s. 703 tons, Bowden, from Lyttelton. Passengers - Messrs. A. Gibson, C.A. Woolley, Peacock, Allan, Clarke, Fraser.
Cleared Out. June 28, Pirate, s.s., 285 tons, Robertson, for Melbourne. Passengers - Cabin: Messrs. H. Perring, L. Longuet, James and John Allen, and Miss Longuet. Steerage: S.T. Walton, J. Findley. For Invercargill, Messrs. ___ Wilson, J. Perry, C. Perry, J.H. Harris, and J. McVery.
June 29, Prince Alfred, s.s. 703 tons, Bowden, for Lyttelton. Passengers -Cabin: Messrs. Miles, Rev. A.H. Wyatt, C. Enderby, and A. McNab. Steerage. ___Ind.
The Prince Alfred had her steam up all day on Wednesday, but was unable to get away, from her cable having fouled that of the Mariner. In extricating herself at slack tide, she carried away her fore-yard, and was not get clear till next day, when she got a new foreyard from the Revival, and sailed at 2.35 p.m.
July 9 1859
Arrived. July 4 Queen, s.s., 132 tons, Geo. H. Wilson, from Lyttelton. Passengers. Cabin: Mr McGregor, Mr and Mrs McLeod, Mrs Smith; Steerage: Mrs Lyons, Messrs. Fauikner, Ramage, Smith, Jones, Evans, Ritchie, and James.
July 6 -Raven, 114 tons, Brown, from Sydney. Passengers - Messrs. Brady and McGill.
July 6- Ocean Queen, from Sydney; Passengers - Cabin: Mr and Mrs McIntyre. Steerage; Mrs McAuley and 2 children.
The harbour steamer "Victoria" was sold on Thursday, for 950.
The barque "Miami" from Newcastle for Otago, with stock, put into Sydney on the 20th ult, from stress of weather.
English Shipping. For Otago - The Willis, Gann & Co.'s Line. The Henbury, to sail 30th June.
The Avondale, for Otago direct, sailed from Gravesend on the 7th April, with a full cargo and 30 passengers.
The first vessel with immigrants for this port under Government contract, and which was to start on the 1st June, is a splendid new vessel, the "Alpine," of 1100 tons, burden.
Unclaimed Letters. page 3 July 9 1859 Otago Witness
July 16 1859
Arrived. July 11, Geelong. p.s., 108 tons, Thomson, from Invercargill and Molyneux. Passengers - His Honor the Superintendent, Messrs. E.B. Cargill, J.T. Thomson (Chief Surveyor).
July 13, Miami, 229 tons, Doble, from Newcastle. Passengers - Messrs. H. Fairbairn, D. Warden, and P. Morris.
Cleared Out. July 9, Queen, s.s. 132 tons, Wilson, for Lyttelton. Passengers - Cabin: Messrs. Ramage, McEvoy, and Woolley. Steerage: Mr and Mrs Daniels, W. Clarke.
July 23 1859 page 2
Arrived. July 15, Geelong, s., Thomson, from Oamaru; Passengers - Messrs. Jones and France and 7 in steerage.
July 22, Zephyr, 56 tons, Everingham, from Lyttelton. Passengers - Mr Young, Mr and Mrs Milner, and Mr Cushing.
Cleared Out. July 16, Star, Davidson, Star, for Invercargill; stores for settlers. Passengers - Mrs Lyons, Mr Lakins, Mr and Mrs Cunningham and three children.
July 21, Mariner, for Callao, in ballast.
The steamer White Swan is to be continued on the South Eastern route, in connection with the Inter-colonial Royal Mail Company. She is at present on the hard in Official Bay, repainting and refitting. As far as passengers are concerned she will be a bumper ship.
The Margaretha Roesner dropped anchor off town (Lyttelton) on Monday evening, having been all but five months since she left the docks in London, ready for sea. The contrary winds, however, detained her a few days at Gravesend, a week at Margate, and a fortnight in the Downs, whence she weighed anchor finally on the 8th of March. It was not, however, till ten days after this time that she got fairly to sea, so that her neutral voyage has not been so very long. The cape was neared on the last day of may, and the run thence was accomplished on thirty-five days. The Margaretha Roesner belongs to Lubeck, one of the free cities of Germany, where she was built about two years ago. Lyttelton Times.
July 30 1859
Arrived. July 25, White Swan, s.s., 198 tons, Cellum from Lyttelton. Passengers - Messrs. Kirkwood (2), Captain Blackie, Judge Gresson, Buchanan, Johnson, Wilkins, Hilson, and Mr and Mrs Rinnel.
Cleared Out. July 27, White Swan, s.s., 198 tons, mail steamer, Cellum for Akaroa. Passengers - Cabin: Captain Blackie, Messrs Baynton and Mills. Steerage: Mrs Williams, Mr and Mrs Shanks, and Miss Coleman
August 6 1859
Arrived. August 3, Star 35 tons, Davidson, from Invercargill, in ballast. Passengers - Messrs. J. Winton, Price, Jackson and G. Perry.
Same day, Pirate, s.s., 280 tons, Robertson, from Melbourne. She brings 40 passengers, of whom 17 are cabin, and a full cargo. She has 200 sheep and 25 horses. Passengers - Cabin:Allan Messrs. (2) Campbell Mr Carrick Mr A. Gleeson Mr and Mrs and two children and servant Kidd Miss E. Lonsley Mr and Mrs McBean Mr McMaster Mr Thomson Mr Second Cabin: Brisler Mr G. Cameron Mr and Mrs Cameron Mr A. Cameron Mr D. Cannon Mr and Mrs Horsman Mr Speedy Mr Whittle Mr J. Wright Mr
August 5, Trio, 362 tons, J.C. Tragardh, from Melbourne with 1600 sheep, 4 horses, 1 wooden house, 25 pieces cedar, 14 sugar mats, 12 bales tobacco, and 4 chests tea. Passengers - Cabin:Cooper Mr Hassell Mr and Mrs and 4 children Hassell Mr senr. Hassell Miss and servant Steerage: Brown Mr Fraser Mr Mara Mr McMurray Mr
August 13 1859 page 2
Arrived 9, Mimmie Dyke, 87 tons, from Auckland. with 80 bags sugar, 79 kegs nails, 2000 pickets, 1000 fence poles, 80 oars, 100 doors, 15 nest tubs, 5 cases chains, 36 barrels pitch, 71 cases oysters, 66 hhds. ale and porter, 1 boat nest of boats, 10 axes, and 3000 feet timber. Passenger Mr A. Ross
August 10 Avondale, 307 tons, Petrie, from London. Passengers - Cabin:
Mr and Mrs Henry
Mr and Mrs Pringle and infant
Mr and Mrs Simpson and child
The "Avondale" from London, which had been anxiously looked for for sometime past, arrived at the Heads on Tuesday morning, having left Gravesend on the 7th April. The length of her passage was attributable to a succession of adverse winds and stormy weather which she experienced after passing the Downs. She has brought 22 passengers, and a large cargo entirely for this place.
Cleared Out. August 8, Star, Davidson, for Moeraki with stores. Passengers - Mr and Mrs Gleeson, 2 children, and 2 servants.
August 10, Pirate, for Melbourne. Passengers - Mr Thomson, Mr Macandrew, Miss S.I. Bell, and John Flanigan
The steamer "Pirate" went outside the Heads on Thursday afternoon, about 4 o'clock, and towed the "Avondale" in to Driver's Point. About 7 o'clock on the same evening the "Pirate" sailed for Melbourne via the Bluff. Mr Macandrew has proceeded in her this trip to Melbourne; and on his arrival there he intends bringing the "Queen" from Sydney to Melbourne, with the view of despatching her to Otago. The "Pirate" is to go on the slip this time to be overhauled and painted, in accordance with the half-yearly practice of the Steam Navigation Board of Victoria. We therefore cannot look for her return for fully six weeks.
August 20 1859
Arrivals. Aug. 15, Geelong, Thomson, from Invercargill. Passengers - Mr Millar, Master Mathews, Master Adams, Mrs Lind.
Aug. 17, Armin, 640 tons, Somers, from Newcastle via Sydney with 2747 sheep and 3 horses. Passengers - Mr W.A. Bews, A.F. Osiom.
Aug. 19, Hawkshead, 22 tons, Webster, from Port Cooper, with 9000 feet timber.
Cleared Out. Aug. 12, Zephyr, Everingham, for Lyttelton. Passenger - Mr Cushing.
August 27 1859
Arrived Port Chalmers August 20. The Henbury, from London at 6 p.m.
September 3 1859 page 2
Arrived. Aug.27, White Swan, Cellum, from Lyttelton. Passengers -Mrs Wilson and children, Mr Wyatt, Capt. Ashby, Lieut.-Colonel Russell, Mr and Mrs Shanks, Miss Coleman, Mrs Williams, Mr and Mrs Bell, Mr Henderson.
Aug. 27, Cosmopolite, Lewis from Hobart Town. Passengers - Messrs. Lawrence, J.B. and T. Hurst.
Aug. 29. Thomas and Henry, (a fine roomy brig, with excellent cabin accommodation, built on the Manning River, Australia) Paton, from Mauritius, with 2989 bags sugar and 24 casks molasses.
Aug. 30. Reliance, Smith, from Lyttelton. Passenger - Mrs Donald.
Cleared Out White Swan, Cellum, for Lyttelton, with 16 muskets, 6 pistols, and 6 swords, Passengers - Captains Boyd and Webster, E. McCulloch, John and Donald McIntyre, W. Martin.
Immigration - By the "Alpine," which sailed from Great Britain on the 10th June, and which may therefore be expected in the course of the present month, 400 immigrants chiefly from Scotland, will arrive of whom 332, equal to 260 adults, are assisted. Their various trades and occupations are stated as follows; Shepherds 11, ploughmen 42, common labours 35, carpenters 21, blacksmiths 6, other trades not mentioned 6, domestic servants 37. Among the cabin passengers are Mr James Rolland, W.S., Edinburgh, Captain and Mrs Sutter, Messrs. Binning, Monro, Taylor, Yule, Hall &c, two sons of Rev. Dr. Begg of Edinburgh; Mr P. Stewart, a teacher, but not under any arrangement with the agents of this Province.
September 10 1859
Arrived. Sept. 1 Hawkhead, from Oamaru - in ballast. Passenger - Mr Lemon. The "Hawkhead," has been purchased by Mr W.H. Smith, who for some time past has been working the "Oberon."
Sept. 5. Pirate, s.s., from Melbourne. Passengers - Cabin: E. Paton, Mrs Watt, Mrs Price, Miss Price, and 3 children, A.M. Clarke, and D. McMaster. Second Cabin: T. Maw, Mr and Mrs Blair, E. Butta, D. Haggart, W. Haggart, and J. Friend. The S.S. "Pirate." This smart steamer arrived her quite unexpected from Melbourne on Monday morning, having only been absent from this port some 25 days. She left Western Port on Sunday 28th ult., at 10 a.m.. and has had a pretty good run down, arriving at Bluff on the Sunday following, where she landed a number of passengers.
Sept. 6, Geelong, p.s., 108 tons, Thomson, from Invercargill, with 2 half-bales wool. Passengers - Messrs. Watson, Walker, and Green. From the Bluff - Mr and Mrs Anderson.
Sept. 7, Countess of Fife, 510 tons, George Collie, from London. Bound for Wellington and New Plymouth. We hear six or seven of her hands have run away, which may probably detain her here for a few days. When she left London she had 20 passengers and 7 second cabin passengers principally for Otago.
Passengers Cabin:Brandt Alfred Joyce Arabella Kenndey Mr Jas. and Mrs Netta S. Kennedy Marion J., Jessie R., Mary, Isabella, William and Jack Lambert John Lister Annie Reeves Hannah Strode A. Chetham and Mrs Emily Strode Strode A. Edward Strode A. Ellen Strode Mabel Stewart Eliza K. (?Stuart) Second Cabin: Few Charles R. Few Margaret L. Hodge John (?Hodges) Loblin Alfred (?Joblin) Scarcuike Samuel (Searancke) Williams Thomas and Frank (Francis G. Williams) Died on the passage - Miss Johanna Kennedy on the 4th ult.
September 10 1859 page 3
Resident Magistrate's Court
Saturday, September 3
(Before J.H. Harris, Esq., R.M.)
Thomas Lousid, lately seaman of the barque "Tamora," and now shepherd to Captain Fraser, was charged with being an escaped prisoner from the gaol of Dunedin. He was committed to prison for twelve weeks with hard labour, for breach of discipline....
Thomas Farquhar, a native of the Emerald Isle, formerly surgeon of the ship "Mariner," was charged with being drunk on the previous evening...
Monday, Sept. 5. Henry Fells, John Corbett, Thomas Phillips, and James Butter, seamen of the brig "Reliance," now in port, were charged by James Smith, master if the vessel, with disobedience of lawful commands on the previous day. It appeared that the prisoners had been requested to wash the decks of the brig on the occasion charged, which they refused to do on the ground of its being Sunday. The Court considered the ground of defence good, and dismissed the case.
September 17 1859
Arrived. Sept. 13 Sebim, 111 tons, Jamieson, from Melbourne,
Sept. 15. Amasis, 186 tons, Kenger, from Hobart Town, via Lyttelton.
Sept. 11. Alpine 1164 tons, R. Crawford, from, Glasgow. Passengers 460.
Otago Witness, 28 September 1899, Page 59
REMINISCENCE. VOYAGE OF THE ALPINE. By Jas. McIndoe.
It was a bright, sunny day, that Thursday, 10th June, 1859, when at about 4 o'clock in the afternoon, the anchor of the good ship Alpine was hove from the tail of the bank, Greenock, and in tow of the powerful tug Hercules, the first part of her 16,000 miles journey began. Before entering into details of the passage I may be permitted to make a few remarks regarding the ship herself. She was built at Ardrossan by the then celebrated firm of Barr and Shearer, who in due course immediately afterwards launched the Pladda and the Lady Egidia, named, in honour of the eldest daughter of the Earl of Eglinton, the three being designed for the trade from Glasgow to Otago, and each making successful records, the Alpine inaugurating, but not being destined to make a second visit. Our ship was well appointed, officers and crew being efficient. Captain Crawford was a bluff old salt, who had made many voyages to different parts of the world as thorough sailor, deemed a little over-cautious. Mr Mann, the chief officer, was to the manner born, and would willingly carry on whilst his superior hesitated. Mr Gray, the second, had much less experience, but did his duty faithfully, and was a favourite with the ladies.
As an auxiliary official, who had a large share of responsibility, we had also Captain Neil Smith, who was a veteran in nautical affairs, long engaged in the China trade, and who brought, the first intimation of Queen Victoria's accession to Tasmania in 1837. On our arrival here Captain Smith filled many - important positions under Mr Balfour, marine engineer, and the Otago Harbour Board, departing this life in December 10, 1898, aged 92 years. Dr Cochrane, who held the position of health officer, was always attentive and kind, lacking perhaps a little in enforcing his orders for medical comforts when the captain demurred. The crew, almost every one of; them, were as good as ever was shipped on any vessel � ready and willing to attend every call of duty, obliging and attentive to all the passengers.
What shall I say of the passengers? We were a mixed lot � not all Scotties, as the other "two minor kingdoms " contributed a small proportion. To please and satisfy nearly 500 souls confined in a small space for nearly three months, with limited resources, would be a more difficult job than for a Parliamentary representative to please all his constituents. However, in the sequel the story will evolve the details of- our trip.
On towing us down the Clyde Firth beyond Pladda light, the tug -steamer cast us adrift, leaving us to our own resources. It was then past midnight, with a clear, balmy atmosphere, and the major part of the male passengers being on deck, gave a faint cheer to the departing Hercules, and took a long, and, to most of us, a last farewell of the land of our birth, a parting which every leal hearted soul on board keenly felt.
Appearing on deck again, all who were able to do so realised the fact that we were alone on the ocean, how or where going few could tell. Our skilful captain and officers truly set their course, and the little helm kept the ship closely to it. There was not a large consumption of victuals for several days afterwards. A little experience, however, inured the great majority to a life on the ocean wave, and each fell to on his or her tucker as the not very tempting viands stimulated. Not being so accustomed, and a remaining feeling of uneasiness, prevented a general enjoyment of the meals. As the voyage progressed, and people felt themselves again, grumbling and growling became loud and imperative, and as subsequently will appear, not without reason. Passengers air riving now by steamer can have no idea of the discomforts of a crowded sailing ship. Among the other representatives of animated nature on board privileged with a free passage may be mentioned an assortment of fowls, several sheep, and a herd of swine, which latter had at times the liberty of wandering round the decks, but not the poop, thus not at all contributing to the comfort of the passengers. The position was aggravated from the known fact that the whole of these domesticated creatures were destined for the cuddy table, and 'tween decks would not share in the luxury. One great omission had been made by the providore in not putting on board a basket or two of eggs, and it so happened that one of the saloon passengers took a longing for an egg in addition to fried ham, and it being known through the doctor that one of the steerage passengers had a good stock, which was given without stint to shipmates around, a demand came from aft that a share should be given up for those- in the stern sheets. The prompt reply was made. Not by any means. They are now enjoying their good things without a thought of us, so we shall keep what we have got to ourselves.
As to the provisions on board they must have been ample, as they were certified for by the Government agent at Glasgow. Judging from the one fact that water was put on board in hogsheads to the extent of 80.000 gallons, there was no idea of a necessity arising of making fresh water out of salt, and the skies were looked to for supplementing any deficiency. This was all very well, but no sooner were the casks emptied than they were knocked into shooks and stowed away in some part of the hold. The result was that all the generous rain falling from the clouds ran info the lee scuppers and was eventually swallowed up in the briny deep. In the equatorial latitudes the water served out was on the most limited scale, but on reaching colder regions the allowance was greatly increased. The provisions were of a fair quality, after their kind. The cooking was not up to much, and boiled tea was not appreciated.
Another very serious caus for complaint were the conveniences, which, both in regard to position and condition, were absolutely disgraceful. On arrival at our destination complaints were lodged with Mr Monson, the immigration officer, who promptly brought the captain before a bench of magistrates, by whom, in most cases, the charges were found proven, substantial fines being imposed, and a special allowance made to each passenger claiming damages. The captain declared it was the first cargo of immigrants he had carried out, and it would be the last ; and so it proved. His disgust was aggravated considerably by the desertion of a large number of his crew at Port Chalmers, who, by various attractions, were induced to run away and so forfeit the wages earned on the voyage, and in their action they were assisted by many of the passengers, who packed up the men's clothing with their own belongings, and so got them safely ashore, to be delivered up on the first convenient occasion.
In spite of the discomforts which obtained, the passengers were a contented lot, trying to make each other as happy as possible, � not an easy matter as we were a company of strangers huddled together, to- the number of 460 souls, on a sailing vessel of 1100 tons � a big ship in her day, but not one-tenth the size of some of those now frequenting our ports. Our small crowd almost equalled one-half the first year's population. There was not much room for exercise on .the deck, hampered as was with the-accommodation for the intermediate � hospital, galley, pigsty, etc. We met in companies in various ways, however � played cards, sang songs, told yarns, read aloud from books, and published a weekly newspaper, consisting of a single copy in MS., which, made its way round, and the file of which is extant to this day. The weather during the voyage was highly favourable. On one occasion only had we a gale compelling the hatches to be closed down. Neither were incidents of an exciting nature common, beyond carrying away some -of the top rigging, the discovery of a fire in one of the ship's boats close to the caboose, and sharks paid us but little attention. There were four births during the voyage, the first born receiving the name of Alpine Crawford Cochrane Black, after the ship, the captain, the doctor, and the parents. Nine deaths also occurred, mostly among the young. Only one ship was spoken, and that close to the coast, bound for Auckland.
As the end of our voyage drew near, excitement increased. Having a view of the land as we glided up from the south and off the Ocean Beach some of the far-sighted declared they could see lights ashore ; the old captain himself was for a time wondering if this could be the entrance to Otago Harbour. By good luck there was on board one old sailor who had on a former occasion made the voyage, and we had also with us a Shetlander, Magnus Calder, who had been here and gone Home to fetch his own wife and his son's sweetheart. Mr Calder held a peculiar position. He represented a distinct lot, known in Scotland as "The Men of the North." This was more than half a century ago, and Hugh Miller, in an article in the Edinburgh Witness, graphically described their character and peculiarities. These men were an embodiment of Calvinism, and by then earnestness and consistent action exercised an immense influence.
Now we are safely anchored inside the Heads, carefully piloted by that rogue Dick Driver, who played merry tricks on the unsuspecting passengers. A few visitors came to welcome us, among whom were my brother-in-law, the late Robert Gillies, and also old Mr Kirkland, who came down to receive his friends, the Tanocks.
The weather was glorious on our arrival, and so everyone on board was loud in expressing the delight felt on reaching out haven in safely, and finding everything up to expectations. All were landed safely, without any incident. But where are we now? The great majority of the adults have gone to Kingdom Come, and ere long the remainder will follow to the Great Unknown. Others have scattered everywhere. A few returned to their native land. Others, confining ourselves to New Zealand, are to be found from the North to the South Cape. Australia, Japan, India, the Cape, and America have received their contribution, and one youth selected the Holy Land as his domicile, ' intending to grow' lentils on the banks of the Jordan.
Those remaining, and to whom this record may prove interesting � and if any are omitted it is not from design � are : Alexander McMillan, painter, George street ; A. Millar, Mornington ; James Bryce, William Knox, Emanuel Turner, A. C. Begg, Andrew Lees, and the writer, Dunedin ; Walter Park, Blueskin ; William Smith, Mosgiel ; .John M'Donald. West Taieri ; Peter Dick watchmaker; Peter Lindsay, Mrs Wallace. Waugh, and Allan; William Blackwood, Caversham.
Otago Witness, 28 November 1900, Page 44
The death of another old identity, in the person of Mr John Napier Harvie, who died at Balclutha on the 11th, at the age of 66 years. Born near Dumbarton, Mr Harvie learned the trade of a ship joiner. On June 8, 1859, he left Greenock in the ship Alpine for New Zealand. Port Chalmers was reached on September 9, 1859, and three days later Mr Harvie, in company with some others, began their tramp to the Clutha, the journey taking three days. Mr Harvie is survived by a widow, two sons, and three daughters. The immigrant ship in which Mr Harvie came to this country was rendered somewhat notorious owing to the treatment the passengers were subjected to, and for which the captain was fined �500 at Port Chalmers.
Otago Witness 8 April 1882, Page 8
Mr Walter Watson, of Allday Bay, near 'Oamaru, died a few days ago. The. Oamaru Mail, says :� "The, deceased arrived in this country by the ship Alpine in the spring of 1859, and was for the first 20 years of his colonial life the trusted and honoured servant of the Hon. Holmes, by whom he was highly esteemed. Latterly he had taken to the breeding of Border Leicester sheep, a venture which was attended with considerable profit, if not with distinction. Ho had got his training as a shepherd with some of the most noted breeders of Cheviot sheep on the borders of Scotland. Mr Watson used to. relate how he had known blames Hogg, the Ettrick shepherd, and how I he had seen Sir Walter Scott." .
September 24 1859
Among the passengers per "Cashmere," which was to sail for Canterbury at the end of June, are Mr and Mrs Filleul, Messrs. Willmott, and Ellsell and W. Martin.
October 1 1859
Arrived. Sept. 24. Geelong, p.s. Thomson, from Invercargill, in ballast. Passengers - Mrs Elles and son, Miss Redmayne, Messrs. Calder, Geisow, Muller, Grant, and Gordon.
Sept, 24. Prince Alfred, s.s. 703 tons, Bowden, from Lyttelton arrived with the European mail. The mail despatched by the "Prince Alfred" on Tuesday last consisted of about 1800 letters and 1300 newspapers. Passengers - Messrs. R.& M. Barlow, Wentworth, Grey, Webb, Rough, Taylors (2), Mr and Mrs Jones and 3 children, Mrs Jones, Mr Green
Sept. 27, Father Thames, 20 tons, Dahl from Lyttelton, with 20,000 shingles and 278 palings. Passenger - F. Wain.
Sept. 30. Comet, 92 tons, Cork, from Auckland. Passenger- Mrs J. C. Taylor.
Cleared Out Sept. 27. Prince Alfred, s.s. for Lyttelton. Passengers - Messrs. W.H. Valpy. Thomas and A. Fraser, J. Campbell, J. Munro, J. Meyer, ____ Morrison, W. Thomson, J. Kirwan, and E. Patten.
Sept. 29. Sebim, 11 tons, Jamieson, for Newcastle, New South Wales, with 3 casks New Zealand ale. Passengers - Mr Day and son.
English Shipping. At Glasgow. The Sevilla, for Otago direct, was to sail on the from the Clyde 17th August with 200 immigrants for this place; We learn that a number of farmers in East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, had chartered a vessel to convey them and a quantity of their farm stock and implements to Otago.
October 8 1859
Arrived. Oct. 6. Mimmie Dyke, 97 tons, Kensett, from Auckland; 80,000 feet timber. Passengers - Mr and Mrs Earle, Mr and Mrs Crombie, Mr Hickson, and Capt. Nicol.
Oct. 7. Geelong, Thomson, from Invercargill. Passengers: Capt. Howell, Messrs. Daniels, Hogue, J.C. McKay, Smith, and Walker.
Cleared Out Sept. 30. Farmer Thames, (a centre board, ketch-rigged vessel, 20 tons register, 25 tons burthen, drawing 4 feet water deep loaded), Dahl, for Invercargill with timber. Passenger - Mr Watson.
Oct. 7. Alpine, Crawford, for Bombay. Passengers Captain and Mrs Fulton.
The Sebastian, Capt. Begg, one of Willis, Gann and Co.s Line of Packets, from London, arrived at Port Chalmers on Thursday, after a pleasant passage of 96 days. She brings 17 chief cabin and 7 other passengers for this port. Amongst the former we have to welcome back Mr and Mrs Mansford, old colonists, who left us eighteen months or two years ago since. Mr Mansford has brought with him a large quantity of Merchandise. Passengers: Cabin:
John Kingdon Anderson
Mr Thomas A. and Mrs Bamford (J. Bamford)
E.C. and Arthur Dansey
Mr W.H. and Mrs Mansford
Robert Paris (C.S. Paris)
Mr and Mrs Ross (C. Ross and A. Ross)
Edward J. Schlotel (Edmund J. Schlotel)
Mr Alexander and Mrs Smith
David and William Turnbull
Carl von Homyer (Carl Homeyer)
Thomas White (T. Whyte)
October 8 1859
Loss of the Alma, steamer, Aden to England
October 15 1859 page 5
Arrived Oct. 7. Geelong, p. s. 108 tons, Thomson, from Invercargill. Passengers - Capt. Howell, Messrs. Daniels, Hogue. McKay, Smith and Walker.
Oct. 8. Sebastian, 364 tons, Begg, from London.
Oct. 10 - Lord Ashley, s.s. from Lyttelton. Passengers - Cabin: Messrs. Cushing, Thomson, Orbell, Rev. Kinross, McGlashanm Young, Walker, Mr and Mrs Robertson, Mr and Mrs Valpy, Mr and Mrs Spencer. Steerage: Messrs. Smith, Roberts, Fraser, F.R. McKie, McDonald, Fraser, J.E. Law. F. Scott and Budlede.
Cleared Out Oct. 7. Oct. Lord Ashley, s.s., for Lyttelton. Passengers -Mr and Mrs Witherby and 2 children, Mr and Miss Poppelwell, Messrs. Harris, Taylor, A.C. Strode, and Mcfarlane.
Vessels in Port Chalmers
Sebastian, from London, discharging
Equator, ship, for Sydney
Avondale, barque, from London
Cosmopolite, brig, from Hobart Town
Reliance, brig, from Port Cooper
Mimmie Dike, schooner, from Auckland
Geelong s. for New River
Coasters -Pioneer, Huon, Star, Ann Jane, Amelia Francis, Hawkhead
Hulks- William Hyde, Industry, James Daly
October 22 1859 page 2
Arrived Oct. 17. Pirate, s.s., 285 tons, Robertson, from Melbourne. Passengers Cabin:
Mr and Mrs Mansford
Mr and Mrs Holmes
Mr and Mrs McLean
Mrs Blacklock and child
Messrs. McLeod, J. Bennett, T. Pearson, Curle, McMaster, H. Good, R. Goddard, Young, and James.
Oct. 21 - Geelong, p.s., Thompson, with 25 hides. Passengers- S. James, Messrs. Calder, Walker, and Smith, Miss Caydzen, ___ Walker
Oct. 29 1859
Arrived Oct. 24- Lord Worsley, s.s. Johnson, from Lyttelton. Passengers - Cabin: Mrs Johnson, Mrs and Mrs Filleul, Messrs. R. Coleman, McNab, Bing, Poppelwell, and J. McFarlane. 2nd cabin: Mr and Miss Jones, Mrs Jagers, Mrs and Mrs Mathieson and 2 children, Mrs and Mrs Robinson, Mrs and Mrs Scott, Miss and Master Scott, Mrs Tayler and 3 children, Messrs, Gunderson, Russell, Johnstone, Martin, H, Smithand Cooper.
Cleared Out Oct. 22 - Pirate, Robertson, for Melbourne. Passengers - Cabin: Messrs. C.J. and W. Hurst, Street, Greer. Steerage: Miss E. Smith, Mr. D. Hay, A. Anderson.
Oct. 26. Lord Worsley, s.s., Johnson, for Lyttelton. Passengers - Mrs and Mrs Robertson, Messrs. Green, Taylor, Gilbert, and Wentworth.
Oct. 26 - Sebastian, 364 tons, Begg, for Lyttelton with original cargo shipped at London for Lyttelton.
November 12 1859
Arrived. Nov 7. - Lord Ashley, s.s, Kennedy, from Lyttelton. Passengers - Cabin: Messrs. Caston and Strode. Mr and Mrs Calder, Messrs. A. Chisolm, W. Griffiths, Ordway, J. Hammond, G. Knowlton, D. Yarsides, and Capt. Harris. W.C. Young and Co. agents.
Nov.7 - Geelong, s., Thomson, from Invercargill, in ballast. Passengers - Mr Young. Jones, Cargill and Co. agents.
Nov. 9. Solopian, Coombes, from Lyttelton. Passenger -Mrs Eldershaw. Master agent.
Cleared Out Lord Ashley, s.s. Kennedy, for Lyttelton. Passengers Messrs. Taylor and J. Carpenter.
Nov. 19 1859 page 5
Arrived. Nov. 14. Wanderer, 236 tons, Chalmers, from Hobart Town, with 78,000 feet timber, 234,000 shingles, 117,800 laths, 1000 baskets lime, 1 dray, 3 carts, 5 tons stone. Passengers - Cabin: Mrs Chalmers and five children. Steerage: Mr and Mrs Darling and 4 children, Mr and Mrs Pearce and 3 children. Messrs. Davis, S. Graves, and J. Moor. J. Macandrew and Co. agents.
Nov. 14 Dunedin, 208 tons, Walker, from Melbourne. Passengers -Cabin :Mr and Mrs Murray, Mr and Mrs Ebden, Mr and Mrs Laurie and infant, Kate Laurie, Mary Morris, Messrs. S. Stephen and J. Landor. 2nd cabin: Agnes Stevenson, Mary McEnordy, Messrs. P. Robertson, J. Cox. R.. Roir, W. Docking, R. Campbell, A. Murray, W. Townsend and J. Hobson. R.B. Martin and Co. agents.
Dec. 3 1859 page 5
Arrived. Nov 26 - Prince Alfred, s.s. Bowden, from Lyttelton. Passengers. Cabin: Messrs. R. Sutcliffe, Johnson, Russell, and Walker. Steerage: Mr and Mrs Finlayson and family (8), M.A. Day and son, Mr and Mrs Craig, Messrs. Matlock, Langley, H. Mansford, P. Harwood, J. Ferguson, J. Rixon, J. Hodgkinson, and J. Davidson. Young and McGlashan, agents.
Same day - Balmoral, 107 tons, King, from Hobart Town, with 27,00 feet sawn timber, 26,000 palings, and 100,000 shingles. Young and McGlashan, agents.
Same day - Thomas and Henry, Paton, from Auckland with 152,300 feet timber, 30 bags flour, 1 case leather, 44 pairs sashes. Passengers - Messrs. W.H. Neale, Peter Duncan, John Dillon, John Murratt, John Hill, Thomas Beard, Adam Craye, and T. Daniell. Jones, Cargill, and Co. agents.
November 28 - Governor Arthur, 35 tons, McDougal, from Melbourne, with 1 wooden house, 6 tons coals, 15 cwt. corrugated iron. J.H. Jenkinson, agent.
Same day - Geelong, p.s., 108 tons, Thomson, from Invercargill, in ballast. Passengers - J.P. Taylor, Esq., Messrs. J.G. Hughes and Pearson. Jones, Cargill, and Co., agents.
Same day - Sarah, from Taieri, with 16 bags potatoes, 5 do. oats, 6 bales wool. Master, agent.
Nov. 29 - Salopian, schooner, Coombes, from Lyttelton with 207 bags sugar, 5 hhds. porter, 3 anchors, 39 cheeses, 1600 pieces timber. Passengers - Messrs. Temmel, O'Donnell, Bird, and Walker. Master, agent.
Nov. 29 - Cheviot, 1066 tons, ship, Orkney, from Glasgow with with 300 firkins butter, 30 crates earthenware, 1944 bars iron, 7 bundles wire, 14 kegs nails, 333 bundles fencing wire, 200 barrels cement, 100 do. Roman cement, 200 boxes furniture, 6934 flooring boards, 10,000 bricks, 5000 fire do., 20 boxes cheese, 500 barrels flour, 133 boxes tea, 1102 bags sugar, 24 boxes horses shoes, 78 casks water, 1 piano, 1 churn, 50 stoves, 3 boilers, 1 case paperhangings, 11 boxes glass, 1 anvil, 1 block, 3 carts, 3 ploughs, 3 harrows, 2 horses, 2 mars, 2 cows, 3 heifers, 5 bulls, 8 sheep, 6 pigs. Passengers
The "Cheviot," from Glasgow, arrived here on the 27th ult, after a very good passage of 95 days. She has brought 24 cabin and 18 steerage passengers, the latter being chiefly persons brought out under the auspices of Mr Holmes, a gentleman who has lately settled in Otago, and who has made some extensive purchases of land in the south, where we believe it is the intention of Mr Holmes to locate those persons who have come out to him. The "Cheviot" has a considerable cargo for this place; she has also brought a pure Clydesdale horse and mare, 2 cows, 3 heifers, and 3 bulls of the Ayrshire breed, 8 sheep, ewes and rams, pure Leicesters, and 3 pigs of superior breeds.
Dec. 1 - Ada, 30 tons, Palmer, from Akaroa, with 18,000 feet timber.
Dec. 2. Sevilla, 598 tons, ship, Kerr, from Glasgow. The "Sevilla," from Glasgow, with immigrants, arrived at the Heads on Thursday afternoon, and was towed up to Port Chalmers by the steamer "Geelong" yesterday morning. She brings us an addition to our population of 304 souls, of whom 249 are Government immigrants. The whole of the passengers were brought up and landed at Dunedin by the steamers "Geelong" and "New Era" yesterday.
December 10 1859
Arrived. Dec. 2. Sevilla, 598 tons, Kerr, from Glasgow.
Passenger list repeated. The "Sevilla" immigrant ship, arrived on Thursday last, from Clyde, which she left on the 19th of August, having thus made the voyage in 103 days. A pleasant voyage.
Dec. 7. Armin, ship, Sommers, from Newcastle, N.S.W. Passengers - Messrs. McClymont and Woodbine, and 10 Germans. Young and McGlashan, agents.
Dec 7 - Lord Ashley, s.s. from Lyttelton. Passengers - Cabin: Mrs Broughton, Mrs Flight and 2 children, Messrs. J.S. Webb, Yams, Fraser, and L. Conway. 2nd cabin: Messrs. W. Poole, and George McKay. Young and McGllashan agents.
Dec. 8 Fly, 8 tons, cutter, Donald, from Lyttelton in ballast, Young and McGlashan, agents.
Dec. 9 - Mimmie Dyke, from Auckland, with 70 bags flour, 31 kegs nails, a mainsail, 4 boxes apparel, case furniture, 2 boxes crockery, 2 bags sugar, 2 boxes hardware, 2 bags salt, box soap, grindstone, stove, 2 qr. chests tea. Passengers - Mr and Mrs Baker, Miss Green, Messrs. Cornish and Cowley.
Cleared Out. Dec. 9. Lord Ashley, for Lyttelton. Passengers - Messrs J. Adams, Adams, Yems, Smith and Squires.
The S.S. "Oberon". This little steam craft, which arrived off Dunedin on the evening of Saturday last has come down to Otago in anticipation of being employed in the coasting trade, and will be tendered for that service. She has been trading to Tasmania and has been sent down to Otago on speculation. A substantial iron built screw steamer, built at Dunbarton; having two condensing engines of the combined power of 25 horses, steams fast, consumes only 4 cwt, of coal per hour, and draws only 6� feet with from 70 to 50 tons of cargo on board. Since her arrival she has been engaged in lightering on the harbour. Captain Louden seems determined to make her pay. Wreck
December 17 1859
Arrived Dec 12 - Hawkhead, from Toi Tois, with 6 bales wool, 5 cases sundries. A.W. Morris, agent.
Same day - Geelong, p.s., 108 tons, Thomson, from Invercargill. Passengers - H. Young, Esq., Messrs. Surman, Aylmer, and Ross. Jones, Cargill, and Co., agents.
Dec. 15 Cosmopolite, brig, Lewis, from Hobart Town. Passengers - Messrs. C. and H. Hurst, A. Gatehouse, Mrs Poulton (2), and 3 children.
Dec. 16 - Geelong, Thomson, from Oamaru, with 200 sheep, 49 bales wool. Passengers - Rev. Mr Jeffreys, Mr Hassall, Mr Filleul. Jones, Cargill, and Co. agents.
Same day - Amelia Francis, schooner, Ford, from Stewart's Island, with 80 gallons oil, 12 bushels wheat, 470 lbs, salt fish, 1300 feet piles. Young, McGlashan, agents.
Arrived at Invercargill. Dec. 3, schooner, Northern Light, Captain Tobin, from Launceston. Passengers - Alex. Clarke, Esq., Messrs. H. Adam, J. Nicholson, and P. Thomas. T.J. White and Co., agents.
December 24 1859 page 3
Arrived. December 20 - Pirate, s.s., T. Robertson, from Melbourne. Passengers - Cabin: Mr Harris, Mr and Mrs Boyd and infant, Mr Martin, Mr and Mrs McKellar, Dr Black, W. Palmer, Mr Logan, D. Robertson, Mr Pantling. 2nd Cabin: Thomas Torrance, R. Merchant, E. Price, L. Constantine. Mr and Mrs Roberts, Jane Douglas, Ann Ballamore, J. Macandrew & Co., agents.
Dec. 23 - Ewald, Broring, 159 tons, from Lyttelton. Steerage passengers - Mr and Mrs Grant, Jessie and Marian Grant, William Gordon, John, Jane, and Mrs Cameron, Donald McFee, Colin McDougal, Eliza, Robert, James and Margaret Curle, Mr and Mrs Cummins, Evan Griffiths, A. Hillend, J. Donner, W. McLernon, W. Stephenson, Charles Monday, R.B. Martin & Co., agents.
Cleared Out. December 23 - Sevilla, Kerr, for Calcutta, with original cargo from Glasgow. J. Macandrew & Co., agents.
January 14 1860 page 5
Resident Magistrate's Court. Monday January 2 1860.
(Before J.H. Harris, Esq., R.M.)
Thomas Nelson was charged with absconding from the ship "Sevilla," and was sentenced to ten weeks' imprisonment.
William Laing, seaman, was charged with absconding from the ship "Sevilla," and was sentenced to eight weeks' imprisonment, with hard labour.
Vessels in Port Chalmers
H.M. Steamship Niger, from Nelson
Pirate, s.s. from Melbourne
Cheviot, ship, from Glasgow, discharging
Sevilla, do . do do
Armin, do. for Sydney
Avondale, barque, from London, laid up
Balmoral, schooner, for Guam
Thomas and Henry, brig, from Auckland, discharging
Cosmopolite, brig, do do
Oberon, s.s. from Melbourne, lightering
Salopian, schooner, from Lyttelton, discharging
Traveller's Bride, schooner, from Auckland
Ellen, do. do
Amelia Francis, do. from the south, discharging
Coasters - Huon, Father Thames, Alma, Governor Arthur, James Daly, Sarah, Spec
Hulks- William Hyde, Industry, Reimauw Engelkens
December 31 1859
Arrived. Dec. 30 Canterbury, 37 tons, Bowton, from Wellington. Passengers: Messrs J. Davis, A. Aitken, Bruce, Brown D. Anderson, P. White, W.J. and J. Somerville, J. Isabell, J.White. Master, agent.
Cleared Out. Pirate, s.s., T. Robertson, for Melbourne. Passengers Cabin: Dr Black, Messrs. R.N. Thomson, R. Stirling, W. Yule, A. Clerke, F. Greer, Hurst, McLean, Cushing, T. Clark, J. Nixon, and Miss Edwards.
Our steam fleet has increased to 5 vessels belonging to the port; our harbour is gay with vessels passing to and fro; our wharves crowded with merchandise and busy workers, our streets thronged with wheeled conveyances; houses springing up in towns like mushrooms; tillage extending; freehold land has been purchased to the extent of 100,000 acres, and our flocks and herds have pushed into the interior way upwards of 100 miles into the interior; credit is sound, and we have an overflowing exchequer. The future is bright.
His Excellency the Governor had an ample luncheon provided by Captain Cracroft. At six o'clock the "Niger," with his Excellency on board steamed for Canterbury.
Otago Witness. July 21 1863 page 5
Statistics of the Province of Otago, 1859-60
1858 Immigration 2678 1859 Emigration 513
1858 Immigration 1937 1859 Emigration 414
Total Otago population :
This page may be freely linked to but not duplicated in any fashion, wholly or in part, except for private study.
Stowaways were sometimes listed at the end of the passenger list. There was a great deal of dirty work to be done on ship-board so the stowaways were pressed into service, and forced to make themselves useful. They were, in fact, forced to work their passage and the most unpleasant jobs were imposed on them.