"Hereford" to Lyttelton, New Zealand in 1878

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'Hereford' 1879 single women 'Hereford' 1879 arrival Lyttelton

Passenger List pdf 259k count 336 souls, created 31st Oct. 1877.
Reference: Family Search - browse - Canterbury -1878
Partial passenger listings: Voyage of 1878 single men 
In the first column of the passenger lists there are notations, i.e. with the single men John Bodley, Michael Cummings, Henry Clulow, Michael Duncan, Timothy Sealy, Timothy Sullivan, went to Timaru, Michael Carroll to Ashburton. Daniel Brown to East Oxford. Stephen Buckley and Jeremiah Touhy, who were travelling together from Cork, went to Timaru. Maurice Fitzgerald was travelling with the O'Donoghue's from Co. Kerry went to Timaru. John Healy went to Christchurch. Honor Grelish had a sister at Mr Ropess, Armagh St. CHCH. In the single women section Jane Hunt and Matilda Lloyd, Mary J. Thomboe, Fanny Gill, Ellen Milligan, went to Timaru. Margaret J. Balfour, age 33, was the Matron. Laura and Mary S. Walkins went to Ashburton. Eliza Lee went to Oamaru. Jane Campbell, Eliza, Emma and Kate Turnpenny went to Westland and Catherine Vondy went to Nelson.
Voyage of 1879

The Hereford an iron ship with two decks and one cemented bulkhead was built in 1869 by J. Elder & Co. at Glasgow for the Merchant Shipping Co., of London. Owner: J. Nourse. She was chartered by the New Zealand Shipping Company in the seventies and made three voyages out to New Zealand all to Lyttelton with approximately three hundred emigrants each time. The first voyage out was under the command of Captain Elsden, R.N.R. in 1874 and took 87 days port to port

Her second voyage commanded by Capt. McCarthy, she sailed Oct. 19 Gravesend and passed Deal.  20 Oct. arrived Plymouth, sailed 31 Oct. 1877 from Plymouth with 336 emigrants equal to 300 statute adults. Nov. 28 - Equator 28W.  Dec 18 - Cape of Good Hope Easting 43/48.  Passed the Snares Jan. 17 and arrived Lyttelton 19 January 1878, 80 days port to portVoyage account recorded below.  Made some runs of 310, 305 and 302 days in the Southern Ocean. Sailed hence Newcastle then Frisco. Lyttelton  21 Feb. 78. April 12 - cleared Lyttelton for London. April 14 - sailed Lyttelton for London. July 2 - arrived Gravesend.

Via San Francisco No: 1048                     14 Nov 77.  Received 2/1/78
I have the honor to advise the sailing of the Ship 'Hereford' from Plymouth for Canterbury on the 31st day of October with 336 emigrants equal to 300 Statute Adults and herewith enclose the original promissory Notes.
    The Ships book, Certified List, and original testimonials of the emigrants have been forwarded to the Immigration Officer at Christchurch. The gratuities payable on the recommendation.
The Honable, The Minister, for Immigration Wellington.

The Lyttelton Times January 21 1878

Arrived - January 19, Hereford ship, 1410 tons, M'Carthy, from London. New Zealand Shipping Company agents. .
Passengers: saloon - Rev. Peter Hope, Mrs Hope, Mr and Mrs Akerman, Mr Chas. Stevens and servant, Dr. and Mrs Akerman, Messr A. Shekleton and A. Lehyen and 300 Government immigrants. 

A full account of the voyage was reported in The Lyttelton Times. The report is reproduced below:

The ship Hereford arrived from London on Saturday, after a splendid passage of eighty days from Plymouth, at which port she embarked her immigrants. She was signalled the first thing on Saturday morning and just before noon the Health Officer went down to her in the Customs launch. The Hereford is now commandeered by Captain M'Carthy who was her chief officer on the occasion of her last voyage to this port in 1874. From what could be seen she arrived in very good order and in answer to inquiries made as to how her numerous passengers fared on the passage, it was gathered that all must have been very comfortable. The health of the immigrants, the medical superintendent, Dr. W.H. Maberly, reports as having been very good all through the passage; no sickness of any kin was experienced worthy of note. The doctor speaks of the immigrants as being a well-behaved and good class of people, and they in their turn, so far as could be ascertained appear to have been pleased with the treatment received in the hands by them. The following is the reports of the passage furnished by Captain McCarthy;- Left Plymouth on October 31 and took final departure from Lizard at 2 a.m. on November 1. Experienced strong variable westerly weather across the Bay with high sea, and fell in the north-east trades on November 1. Experienced strong variable westerly weather across the Bay with high sea, and fell in with the north-east trades on November 14 in 25 north. They were shy and only lasted until November 16. The south-east trades which were picked up on November 26; proved moderate and the equator was crossed the same day. Fresh variable winds prevailed from that time to passing the meridian of the Cape on December 18. Ran down the easting between 43 and 48 south. The westerlies being good, some capital runs were made, the ship doing 310 miles one day. Made the snares on January17. Had fine weather and south-west and westerly winds up the coast, and was off Akaroa on Friday evening and made the heads that night coming up the harbour on Saturday morning and anchoring off Rhodes's Bay at 10 a.m. The land sighted on the passage was Martin Vaas and Trinidada on December 4. Tristan d' Acunba on December 11, The ship Peterborough for Sydney left in company with the Hereford and on November 6 the ship Renown from London to Melbourne, was spoken to twenty-five days out. 

Partial passenger listings: Voyage 1878 single men 
Assisted Emigration to Canterbury, New Zealand, by the Ship Hereford  31 Oct  1877  page 16 (total 35 pages). Arrived  Lyttelton 9 January 1878. The passenger lists name of emigrant, age, county, occupation, total cost of passage money to the government. Total cost of passage money to the Government for each of these single men paid �13 11s 6p. Ultimate cost to the Government �73 71s 6p. 

Herrig		James	 31 Tipperary	 Farm Lab 
Hood		William	 26 Leitrim	 Farm Lab Ashburton
Heathman	Edwin	 38 Devon	 Farm Lab Ashburton
Hockings	Thomas	 19 Devon	 Farm Lab Went to Longbeach and worked for Griggs. He d. 1908 buried at Waterton.
Hewitt		Robert	 18 Armagh	 Farm Lab Doyleton
Healy		Jeremiah 21 Kerry	 Farm Lab Timaru
Healy		John	 23 Kerry	 Farm Lab Timaru
Kennedy		John	 21 Donegal	 Farm Lab Ashburton
Kennedy		Thomas N.18 Derry	 Farm Lab Ashburton
Kiely		William	 30 Waterford	 Farm Lab Timaru
Lawry		John	 20 Cornwall	 Farm Lab
Leary		Daniel	 20 Kerry	 Farm Lab Timaru
Lloyd		Edward	 25 Montgomery	 Farm Lab
McGrath		Michael  28 Waterford	 Farm Lab  

No of adults 3�
Smith Frederick, adult male, aged 27. Country Gloucestershire. Occupation Farm Labourer 
Smith Mary, adult female, aged 24
Smith Robert, male child, aged 4
Smith Louisa, female child, aged 3
Smith Frederick, male child, aged 1
Total cost of passenger money to government, �49 16s.

She also made a voyage out to Townsville, Australia in 1883 in 101 days and her best run was 335 miles soon after crossing the equator with 167 passengers and a cargo of railway iron. She left Townsville for Calcutta for coolies for Demerara (now Guyana), loaded sugar for the Old Country, and was wrecked off Cape Horn when on the passage Home. Call sign: JFVS Official #: 60978
Tonnage: 1,524 tons gross, 1,351 under deck and 1,469 net.
Dimensions: 241.1 feet long, 37.2 foot beam and holds 23.2 feet deep. Poop deck 95 tons and Forecastle 47 tons. Port of registry: London. Reference: White Wings Vol. 1 by H. Brett page 320

The voyage 1878 information courtesy of Marlene Burling  who is researching the Hockings family. Other family members also arrived on the 'Otaki'.  Posted 19 Feb. 2002