The "Taranaki" from London to Otago, 1879

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Arrival of the Taranaki

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Otago Witness Saturday  December 27th 1879

Arrival of the Taranaki
One of the smartest passages of the season is that made by the ship Taranaki from London, which arrived off the Heads on the evening of Sunday, December 21st, and was towed up to the anchorage at Port Chalmers on the morning the following day by the p.s. Koputai. Having a large number of passengers on board, she was boarded immediately on her arrival by Captains Thomson and McCallum, health officers; Dr J Drysday, medical member of the local Board of Health; Mr Colin Allan, immigration officer (who attended to afford any information in his power to his passengers), and Mr J R Monson, of her Majesty's Customs. They were met at the gangway by Captain Wight, who assured them that all on board were in good health; and after the customary inspection had been made the ship was cleared in. The ship comes into port in excellent trim, and in good condition both below and aloft, reflecting no little credit on our old friend Mr Author, who comes as chief officer, Mr Maxwell being second, and Mr Stephen third. She brings 800 tons of measurement goods and 300 tons of dead weight cargo, 16 saloon and 213 second class and intermediate passengers, all of whom are in excellent health, and it is gratifying to state that throughout the passage no cases of serious illness have occurred, with the exception of two infants; the first being the death of Master Sydney Author Morris, aged 12 months, who succumbed to the effects of tabes mesenterica; the other, Wilfred Trop, from meningitis, aged 20 months. Two births also occurred - Mrs Morris, one of the saloon passengers, who gave birth to a son on November 24th; and Mrs Bishop, an intermediate passenger, who was also confined of a son on December 7th. The whole of the passengers have come out at their own expense, and are evidently a very respectable class of people. They are principally mechanics, although there are a large number of them North Country miners. They were originally under the medical care of Dr George Thomas Baird Moffatt, who very unfortunately lost his life on the 15th November in latitude 28 S, longitude 6 W. It appears from the statement in the official leg (which Captain Wight courteously placed at our shipping reporter's disposal), that at 11pm Dr Moffatt went alot, entirely for his own amusement, and in consequence of a wager made with one of the saloon passengers. Tow of the able seamen, named Denis Healey and William Poxson, fearing he might fall, followed him aloft; he went as high as the maintopgallant yard, and was coming down again when getting over the top, he fell, striking the rigging in his fall, and thence into the sea. The night was very dark, and the sea rough and high, the wind having suddenly gone down from blowing a gale at west, to a moderate SSW breeze, and the vessel going about six knots. The helm was instantly put down, and with great difficulty the yards were brought aback, in consequence of the ship rolling heavily. A boat was then lowered away and sent in the direction in which it was considered the doctor might be, but after pulling about for nearly an hour no trace of him could be discovered, and she returned to the vessel at midnight. Dr Moffatt is described as being a very fine young man of about 29 years old and his untimely end cast quite a gloom over the ship. The second class passengers were accommodated in the after part of the between-decks, excellent enclosed berths being provided for them. This compartment is both lofty and well ventilated. The married people of the intermediate class were berthed amidships on the between-decks, in properly enclosed cabins, while the single men, as usual, occupied the foremost part of the ship. Captain Wight and the chief officer speak very highly of the conduct of the passengers throughout the voyage. Every effort was made to render them comfortable by the captain and officers, and when the weather permitted, concerts and dancing took place, and a special entertainment was got up for the benefit of the Dreadnought Hospital Ship, which resulted in between £5 and £6 being raised towards the funds of that institution. Devine service was celebrated throughout the voyage by Rev. W T Reid, as clergyman of the Church of England.

 - saloon:
Harvey 		Mr & Mrs and child
Lyons 		Mrs
Morris 		Mr & Mrs and 5 children
Peronne 	Mrs
Richardson 	Mr
Reid 		Rev W T
Unsworth 	Mr & Mrs

Second Cabin:
Aslin 		Mrs E
Aslin 		William
Aslin 		Annie
Aslin 		Mary
Aslin 		Ruth
Aslin 		Edward
Aslin 		Elizabeth
Brucowitz 	Henry
Carter 		John
Clinch 		A H
Clinch 		Louisa
Dixon 		John
Dixon 		Thomas J
Ford 		Mary
Frater 		Agnes
Frater 		Margaret
Gunn 		Mr William
Hill 		John Henry
Johnson 	William James
Johnson 	Charles
Johnson 	Margaret
Lewis 		James
Lowes 		Mr & Mrs
Lowes 		Annie
Lowes 		Margaret
Lowes 		Mary
Lowes 		Ada
Lowes 		Beatrice
McCracken 	William
Nauncy 		Charles
Nicholas 	Mrs
Nicholas 	Josephine
Robinson 	Edward
Stead 		Mr & Mrs
Woods 		Richard
Woods 		Frederick R
Woods 		Joseph
Woods 		Annie
Woods 		Edith

Arpton 		David
Aslin 		Frederick
Bail 		Henry
Baker 		William
Barraclough 	William
Barraclough 	H
Barrett 	Paul
Barrett 	John
Bing 		Eliza
Bishop 		Charles
Bishop 		Sarah
Bishop 		Walter
Bishop 		Edward
Bishop 		Joseph
Blankley 	Elijah
Brown 		John
Brownthwaite 	Joseph
Buest 		Elizabeth
Buest 		James H
Calvert 	James
Charletan 	Edward
Charletan 	Margaret
Clarke 		Edgar S
Clarke 		Alice
Clarke 		Richard
Clarke 		James
Collert 	Uriah
Collert 	Honor
Collert 	C D
Collert 	Louisa
Collert 	Thos
Collert 	Elizabeth
Co?man 		Charles
Colmer 		Sarah Ann
Copping 	S
Copping 	Jane
Cookson 	Elizabeth
Cookson 	Sarah
Copping 	Florence
Copping 	Alfred
Copping 	Edith
Crawshaw 	Samuel
Crawshaw 	Ann
Crawshaw 	John
Crawshaw 	George
Crawshaw 	Ralph
Crawshaw 	Ernest
Croker 		Jacob
Culley 		John
Davis 		Thomas P
Davis 		Alice
Davis 		Alfred J
Davis 		John
Dyer 		Reuben
Dyson 		Thomas
Fisher 		Robert
Folley 		William
Garnett 	Tom
Goillon 	F J
Goillon 	Mrs
Godwin 		Harold
Godwin 		Eva
Godwin 		Eleanor
Goodwin 	John
Goodwin 	Annie
Goodwin 	Harry
Goodwin 	Agnes
Gould 		Joseph
Gowan 		John
Gray 		Archibald
Hall 		William
Harney 		H P
Haworth 	Thomas
Hewitson 	Thomas
Hicks 		Henry
Hinry 		H
Hodgetts 	J
Hodgetts 	Ann
Hodgetts 	Wm
Hodgetts 	Joseph
Hodgetts 	Mary
Hoddgetts 	Louisa
Hopewell 	George
Hopkins 	Mrs E
Hopkins 	Rebecca
Hopkins 	Ellen
Hopkins 	Ellen
Jamieson 	Mr
Jamieson 	William
Jamieson 	Sarah
Jamieson 	John
Jamieson 	Annie
Jamieson 	Joseph
Jarvis 		Edwin
Jarvis 		Elizabeth
Jarvis 		George
Jarvis 		Gertrude
Johnson 	John 
Jones 		Martin
Jones 		Elizabeth
Jones 		Thomas
Jones 		Ann
Jones 		Mary
Jones 		Emma
Jowitt 		John
Lowden 		Joseph
Lowden 		Isabella
Lowden 		Isabelle
Lowden 		Alice
Lowden 		Joseph
Lowden 		John
Lowden 		Robert
Lowden 		John
Lowden 		Mrs Alice
Lowden 		Susannah
Lowden 		John
Lowden 		Charles
Lowden 		D
Lowden 		Louisa
Lowden 		John
Lowden 		Alice
McBean 		J
McLean 		John 
McLean 		Elizabeth
McLean 		Margaret
McLean 		John 
McLean 		R
Major 		J E
Mattocks 	C
Mattocks 	Eliza
Maw 		Jane
Maw 		Joseph
Maw 		Thomas
Maw 		Alice
Maw 		Elizabeth
Milnes 		Joseph
Milnes 		Martha
Milnes 		John T
Milnes 		Emily
Milnes 		Mary J
Morgan 		Michael
Mortimore 	William
Mullane 	Thomas
Mullane 	Hannah
Mullane 	Mary Ann
Mullane 	David
Mullane 	William
Mullane 	Julia
Mulligan 	J H
Naumann 	T G
Nixon 		N
North 		Jas
Proudlock 	John 
Rae 		Thomas
Rae 		John
Riding 		Alfred
Robertson 	Margaret
Robertson 	Ethel
Robertson 	John
Robertson 	William
Sampson 	John
Seper 		Samuel T
Shutt 		Benjamin
Shutt 		Lydia
Shutt 		Emily
Shutt 		Eliza
Smithson 	Richard
Sunderland 	Thomas
Swan 		David
Swan 		Mary
Swan 		Eleanor
Swan 		Nicholas
Swan 		David
Taylor 		William
Teckerby 	Aaron
Thompson 	Alfred
Thorp 		Benjamin
Thorp 		Mrs
Thorp 		Clara
Thorpe 		Laura
Thoro 		Charles
Thoro 		Wilfred
Turnbull 	W W
Turner 		W E
Ward		John
Welshman 	Joseph
Welshman 	Mary
Wheeler 	John
Wheeler 	Elizabeth
Wheeler 	Sarah
Whitehead 	S
Wighans 	Alexander
Wilce 		Mr & Mrs
Wilce 		John
Winder 		W
Worth 		James S
Worth 		Margaret

My count: 243 passengers.

Otago Witness,  28 July 1877, Page 11
July 24 — Taranaki, ship, White, from Glasgow, May 2nd. Russell, Ritchie, and Co., agents.
Passengers : Second cabin — Mr and Mrs Ninnon and 7 children, Mr and Mrs McCormick and 3 children, Mr and Mrs Dykes and 5 children. Mr and Mrs Lancaster and 8 children ; Misses Armour (4), Wilson, Ihomson ; Messrs Ross, Taylor, Henderson, Armour.

ARRIVAL OF THE TARANAKI. As we surmised, so the ship that was towed into Port during Monday night proved to be the Albion Company's new ship Taranaki from Glasgow. She reached the anchorage an hour after midnight, and was moored pro tem, off Carey's Bay. The Taranaki is a worthy compeer of the other fine vessels comprising the Company's fleet, and is full sister to that beautiful ship the Marlborough, which, if not for size, yet in general appearance, symmetry, and moulding, may almost take precedence of the others. The Taranaki is her exact counterpart. They were built in the same yard— Messrs Duncan and Co., Port Glasgow—and if they were lying side by aide in the same condition of paint, it would be almost impossible to distinguish one from the other. The Taranaki is 1126 tons register, and her dimensions are — length, 228 ft; beam 35ft; depth of hold, 21ft. Her commander, Captain White, speaks highly of her. She is a first-rate sea boat, and travels well, as may be inferred from the fact of her having run 4723 knots in 19 days, whilst making her easting south, her best days work being 312 knots, and her worst 162. She thus averaged 248 miles and a fraction per diem, equal to a little over 10 knots per hour. The ship's made passage is decidedly a good one, the time being 82 days from port to port and 78 from land to land. She was not particularly favoured by winds, having: bad light head winds and calms for some days after leaving the land, and very poor Trades. In fact, the south east Trade was non est, whilst the northern Trade extended over nearly 13 parallels of latitude. Hence her builders and all concerned in her may be satisfied with her capabilities.