Lyttelton Times March 17th 1860

The Clontarf, one of Willis Gann and Co's ships under contract with the Provincial Government of this Province, arrived from London yesterday afternoon with a large living freight. She has been 107 days out, having left Gravesend on November 30. She cleared the English channel without delay, but met with rough weather in the Bay of Biscay and made a long passage to the Line. The voyage throughout has been characterised by bad weather, especially towards the close, when constant gales and almost incessant rain have been experienced. It will be seen from the melancholy list of deaths that the passage has not been without casualty;  indeed we have never yet had so long a list to publish. It includes five adults, one of whom was a midshipman of the vessel. Of the twenty-eight children almost all perished from the consequences of measles and whooping cough, which unhappily prevailed at the commencement of the voyage. During the past five weeks no disease has appeared on board. It is singular that during our hot dry weather both the Ambrosine and Clontarf have reported gales of wind accompanied by drenching rain as having been experienced almost up to the coast. The Clontarf is commanded on this voyage by Captain A. W. Barclay, who is we believe, one of her owners, and also part owner of the Zealandia. Dr. Stone, the surgeon superintendent of the Clontarf; bears a high character with the passengers of whom he had charge for his assiduity and skill in endeavouring to stop the tide of disease, but we regret to say that owing to his exertions his own health suffered so much as to disable him from performing his duties during the latter part of the voyage, and the ship came to anchor he was unable to leave his cabin.