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........Arrival of the Empress from London......... The Clipper ship Empress, Captain Ellis, from London anchored in the Harbour late last night. She had been 98 days on her passage, having made the run from land to land in 83 days. All well on board, three deaths (children) having occurred during the voyage, Owing to the late hour at which she arrived we are compelled to hold over full details until tomorrow.


14....Empress, Ship, Ellis, from London, Passengers list......

1st Class....Wm. Hy. & Margaret Saunders; Elizabeth Ann Ripon; Mr & Mrs Ridley; Jas Wm, Harriet E, Robert Edward D, & Edw Bostock; Robert A. & Robert Dudley Eyre; David Greig; Mary Ann Graves; Henry Masterson; Donald Ross; Charles John Halliday; Ellen Ellis; Charles H.Brook; Ellen Elizabeth Clarlson;

2nd Class....Henry Shillington; John & Wm. Palm Barker; Thomas Taylor; William W. Batt; Elijah Mclintock; Robert Kinross; Thomas Bennett; Emma, Marrianne, Emma, John Bennett; Robert Fisher; Ann & Amy Sarah Jones; Emma McCanelless; Oliver & Letitia Greig; George J. Brassington; Ellen Wilson; Arthur E. Wolfe; Charlotte Stoddart; Samuel, Elizabeth & Samuel Brooking; Jane & Ann Lemprure; Amelia Simons; Jas & Emily Vaughan; Matilda Norton; Thomas N. Baird.

3rd Class....Mary Dixon; William Russell & Henry Jas Eades; Wiliam, Ella & William James McIndoe; Richard, Thomas & Richard Jones; Samuel & Elizabeth Cook; Mary Ann & Rachel Davidson; William, Letitia, William, Henry, Caroline, Alonzo & Albert Huges; William, Jane, Sophia, & Sarah Jane Colson; William Henry Smith; Henry Hall; Magdalen Hudson; William Barker; Thomas Luck; Matthew, Sarah, John, Elizabeth & Emily Phillips; George, Ellen W. & John George Anderson; George Miller; Nicholas McKeown; Elias Derrey; S.L.Fraser; Edward Sach; Robert Ridout; George Lewis; Willian Stoddart; Henry Wright; Daniel Forrest; Charles Stevens; Edward May; David Phillips; Warwick, Caroline, Rhoda, Jessie, Clara, Anna, Louise, Frederick, John & Norman Bell; John Salmon; Joseph Henry & Hannah Jones; Joseph, Mary Ann & Joseph Lerrey Walton; William Squires; Thomas & Ruth Walton; William, Wm. Waterworth; Charles, Arthur, Emily Matilda & Herbert Henry Taylor;

Assisted Passage.... Patrick Reilly; James Doran; Grace & Cora Nareeney; Hugh Larkins; James & Bridget O'Donnell; Sarah Westfold; John, Margaret, Jeanie, Robert & Alexander Boyd; John & Margaret Long; Micheal McArd; Henry Cain; Edward & Joseph Ashwell; Hannah Mansfield; Samuel, Paul, Robert & Alexander Micheal; Mary Duffin; Mary, Agnes, Elizabeth & Andrew Kerr; Francis Egan; Robert, Nicholas, John, Graham, James Charnely; Honora, Catherine, John & Cornelina Murphy; Thomas Halpin; Richard & Judith Kenny; Jane Murphy; George, Ann & Isabella Adam; John O'Brien; John & Louisa Morrison; Letitia Haves; Hugh Gray; Thomas & William Irone; James, Mary Jane, David, John & Sarah Hamilton; Robert, Ann, William, Samuel & Sarah Glasgow; George Marshall; Charles Dunn; George Cook; George Squirrel; Ellen Jane Dillon; Mary Cullivan; William, Helen, George, Jane, Isabella, Thomas, Helen & William Hutchison; Patrick Keiffes; Joseph McTurney; Hugh Bell; James Ebbett; Jane Hills; William Mooney; David & Frances O'Donnell; Micheal, Catherine & Judith O'Meara; Samuel, Nancy, Samuel, Nathaniel, James S. & Robert Dickey; Lucy & Sarah Jane Corbatt; Sarah, Sarah, Susannah, Eleanor, Eliza & Emma Lewis; James, Ann, Agnes, Mary, Sophia, Anna & William Atkin; Patrick & Mary Meeshaw; John James Watson; Elizabeth Ellison; Frederick Rapson; Mary Kelly; Alice, Richard, Godfrey & Mary Ann Hogan; Honora & Catherine Callaghan; Mary Higgins; Margaret Cardie; Mary Moore; William Goodrum; Lawrence Brady; Archibald, Helen, Jessie, James & Jacobins Anderson; Lemuel Howard; Anna McNumee; John Hunstan; George, Julie & Eliza Jane Boyce; John Sloan; Samuel, Susan, William & Mary Ann Wright; Arthur Bassett; Micheal & Margaret McGunn; Thomas Osborne; Robert Porter; Martha Beatty; John A. McConnisky; Mary Coulter; Mary Taylor;

(Some names maybe spelt wrong, very hard to read) Printed in the "Herald" Dated 15th May 1865

'The Ship Empress from London'

The splendid American Clipper Ship Empress, in command of Captain Ellis, arrived in Harbour on Sunday night. In yesterdays issue we briefly announced her arrival, but owing to the late hour when she dropped anchor we were unable to give full report. The following are the particulars of the voyage as kindly furnished us by Captain Ellis;

The Empress quitted Gravesend on the 3rd February, landed the pilot on the 5th and took her final departure from the Lizard on the 8th February. She crossed the Equator on the 3rd March, in 23* West, and was becalmed twelve days in from 15* to 20* South. On the 2nd April passed the Meridian of the Cape in 46* 28 S. and Desolation Island on the 11th of the same month, off which the vessel encountered strong gales and heavy confused seas, which caused her to roll and labour heavily for some days. When in longitude 163* the vessel experienced heavy Northerly gales, and was compelled to take the Southern route. The Snares were made on the 1st May only 81 days from home.

Experienced variables winds off the coast and was becalmed two days off the East Cape, after which she encountered a heavy North-Westerly gale, and arrived in Auckland at 11 pm on Sunday night, having taken pilot on board at Rangitoto at 10.30pm. The Empress has accomplished the passage in 95 days from the start, being the quickest made during the season. On her last trip she made the passage here in 92 days. on which occasion it will be remembered she brought the officers men of the Military Train.

The Empress brings a large cargo of general merchandise and nearly 300 passengers, a list of which we published our last. The greatest harmony appear to have prevailed amongst the during the voyage, and from the testimonials which appear else where, it will seem that the Captain, and Chief Office won the esteem and goodwill of those placed under their charge. Captain Ellis and Mr Drew The Chief Office, have now made two rapid voyages in the Empress to this port, and we must congratulate them upon their success.

Testimonials To The Captain and Chief Officer Of The Empress....
We have the great pleasure in Publishing the following testimonials...

Dear Sir.... Our pleasant and prosperous voyage being now nearly ended, we wish, ere we part from you and the good ship, to tender to you our admiration of your nautical ability as a Commander, your courtesy as a gentleman, and our gratitude for the anxiety you have always shown to afford us every comfort, and render the voyage an agreeable one. We therefore, have great pleasure in wishing you a safe and quick passage home, a happy reunion with your wife and family, and every success in your future career.
We beg to subscribe ourselves your sincere well-wishes.
(Here follow the signatures, not printed in the paper)

To Captain E.P.Ellis, Ship Empress.....

Ship Empress May 13 1865

The undersigned passengers by the Ship Empress desire hereby to testify their unanimous sense and appreciation of the thorough nautical capacity and unfailing courtesy of manner displayed and maintained by the Chief Officer Mr Drew, during a long and arduous voyage, and also to make some acknowledgement of the able service rendered by him at all times in the working of the Ship. That his preserving efforts and praise worthy conduct may meet with success they merit, and that he may prosper in all his undertakings in the earnest hope of his sincere well-wishes.
(Here follow the Signatures, not printed in the paper)

To R.R.Drew Esq.
Chief Officer, Ship Empress
Printed in the "Herald" Dated 16 May 1865


Extracted from The New Zealand Herald, Saturday, July 19, 1873:

We have again to chronicle the arrival of a home vessel. The ship Endymion, which has for some time past been on the "expected" list, arrived in our harbour yesterday morning, having made the run in 97 days, leaving London Docks on the 8th of April and Gravesend on the 9th. Her log supplies us with the information that on the 22nd April she sighted the island of Madeira, on which day she carried away her Mizzentop-gallant yard in a south-west breeze, crossed the line on the 7th. On the 18th June encountered a heavy gale from the N. W., and hove-to for ten hours; sighted the North Cape on the 17th July, experiencing fine weather down the coast.

A sad accident occurred on board on the 3rd June, when an apprentice named John Richards was missed, and is supposed to have fallen overboard. A birth occurred on the voyage, Mrs ARTHUR being safely delivered of a daughter. As the vessel brings 20 tons of powder, she brought up at the powder ground, but will come up the harbour today. The passengers are all in good health.

The following is her list of passengers:

Saloon...Mr H. THORNLEY. Mr W. C.KERR
Second-class...Mr J. W. BROWNE. Mr F. R. WARD. Mr & Mrs W. WILLIAMSON.
Intermediate...Mr & Mrs James TATE. Mary S. TATE. Andrew TATE. Andrew J. TATE. James H. TATE. John TATE. Mr & Mrs B. C. ABERY. Mr & Mrs John ARTHURS. William ARTHURS. Harold ARTHURS. Mr Thomas ANSELL. Mr Joseph WAREHAM. Mt Thomas HANCOX. Mr James DAVIES. Mr William DAVIES. Mr George SHUM. Mr H.F.BEALE. Mr George WILLIAMSON. Mr & Mrs H. M. DENNISON.

The Endymion is a fine iron ship of 759 tons register. She was built in Glasgow in 1809 for the tea trade, and is classed AA1 at Lloyd's. Her passenger accommodation is excellent, and she is altogether a superior class of vessel. On discharge of cargo she will proceed to Newcastle to load coal for Shanghai, from whence she will take a cargo of tea home.


May 11 1860 - Ellen Lewis, barque, 336 tons - Ross - from Sydney, Cape Breton & Cape of Good Hope.

Passengers;–Alexander, Allan, Donald, Angus, John, Francis, William, Joseph, Anne, Mary & Catherine McIsaac; Flora McLeod; Allan Gillis; Angus McIsaac; Donald McLean, wife & child; John Mrs., Isabella, Murdoch, Neil & infant McLean; Catherine McLean; Murdoch & Isabella McLellen; J. McBeth, wife & infant; Hugh, Mrs., Alexander, Neil, Anne, Margaret & Mary Campbell; Donald Campbell & wife; Mary Campbell & child; Donald , Mrs., John, William, Donald, Christy, Margaret & Mary McLeod; John, Mrs., Donald Alexander, Jessie, Anne, Flora, Dolina, Christy & 3 children McLeod's; Angus & Mrs McMillan & 3 children; Archibald & Mrs McMillan & 2 children; Duncan, Mrs. Margaret, Isabella, Catherine & infant Kempt; Alexander, Mrs., D. M., D. D., Angus & Jessie Kempt; Alexander & Mrs Kempt, junr.; Gregor, Mrs., Alexander, Mary, Jessie, Hannah, Catherine & James Kempt; Kenneth McKenzie wife & 2 children; John & Mrs Kempt; Donald, Mrs., Anne, Norman, John, Mrs., Catherine, & infant McAulay; John, Mrs., Catherine, Jessie, Mary, Margaret, Elizabeth, Alexandrina & infant Frazer; Peter, Alexander, Hugh & Elizabeth Frazer; Mrs Kerr & 2 infants; Mrs., John, Hugh, Sarah & Jessie Ferguson; Roderic & Mrs McRae & 2 infants; James, Mrs., John, Jessie, Catherine, Mary, Jessie, Margaret & Nora Frazer; Hugh Frazer & wife; William, Kenneth, William, Jessie & Isabella McKenzie; Ewen, Mrs., John, Donald, Malcom, Marion A., Alexander, & Kenneth McGregor; Norman, Matheson; Hugh, Mrs., Anne, Johanna & Andrew McLeod; Murdoch McAuley; Neil, Mrs., Murdoch, Alexander, & infant McPhee; Murdoch McKenzie, wife & infant; Kenneth, Mrs., Anne, Anabella, Jane, Johanna, Kenneth, Donald, & Murdoch Mattheson; Donald McMillan, wife & 3 children; Mrs., Anne & Barbara Munro; John Munro, wife & 2 children; Hugh, Mrs., Jessie, Anne, Dolina, Joanna, Malcom, Donald McLeod; John, Mrs., Jessie, Flora, Malcom, Donald, Norman & infant McDonald; Alex Campbell & wife; Lorengo Campbell; Anne McLeod; Murdoch McLeod; Joseph, Mrs., Jane, John, Colin, Alice & Blanc Hemlsly.
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