Otago Witness, Dunedin, Saturday August 3 1861
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July 30 - Storm Cloud, 797 tons, Campbell, from Glasgow, with general cargo. Webb & Co., agents.
The "Storm Cloud" sailed from the Clyde on May 3, and in 24 hours had cleared St. George's Channel. On May 25 (22 days out) crossed the Equator; in lat. 15 degrees south lost the S.E. trades, and for 14 days had light contrary winds and frequent calms, during which time the ship only made 600 miles, June 23 (51 days) crossed the meridian of the Cape, and from thence to New Zealand; which she made on July 25 (83 days). On 7th May passed and spoke the "George Pollock," from London and Plymouth, for Nelson, N.Z. (lat. 25 deg. 22 min. N., long. 11 deg. 42 min. W.) On June 19 in lat. 14 deg. 41 min. S. long. 29 deg. 11 min. W.) spoke the ship "Wauata," 72 days out, from Callos, to Queenstown; and exchanged signals with the "City of Tangore," 34 days out, from Glasgow to Calcutta. Four births and five deaths occurred during the passage.
The "Storm Cloud," from Glasgow, arrived off the heads on the 26th ult., after a remarkably quick passage of 84 days. She brings 324 passengers, whose arrival is most opportune. We hear that some are already off to the diggings. We think they would have acted more wisely by taking advantage of the high rates given in the town. We presume those who have gone to be only the young men. It is gratifying to hear that the passengers speak highly of the Captain and his crew; there are no complaints of any kind. This is the second visit which we have had from this fine clipper ship, and on both occasions she has made capital voyages - presenting, in this respect, a strong contrast to the class of "tubs" which Messrs. Shaw, Saville, & Co. are in the habit of despatching from London. We are surprised that any one can be found to ship goods or take a passage in such ships. The loss from the non-arrival of goods, and the waste of time to passengers, adds to the amount of freight and passage money, besides avoiding the chance of sickness. It is generally in slow ships that the passengers become sick. We congratulate Captain Campbell on the command of so fine a ship, and his having had so pleasant and speedy a voyage.
[Otago Witness Saturday August 10 1861 page 4
The Clipper "Velore". The long-looked for "Velore," sent out here by Shaw, Savill, and Co., dropped anchor in this port on Tuesday last, having cleared from London on the 7th March, thus making a long passage of 152 days, of which the passengers inform us they were heartily sick, and no wonder. The "Velore" has brought upwards of 20 passengers, and a large general cargo, which should have been landed months ago. Shaw, Savill, and Co. certainly deserve praise for the fast-sailing class of vessels they send to this port with goods, and we trust merchants at home will note. ]
Subjoined is a list of the passengers on the "Storm Cloud"-
Paying Their own Passages- Cabin Barr Mr and Mrs John and child Campbell Mrs Crawford Mr and Mrs John Cumine William and Frank Shields William Thomas Mrs Intermediate: Craig James Craigie John Geddes D. Stewart Gray Thomas Hutchinson Charles J. Lyell Patrick Menzies Robert Nicol David Steerage: Agnew William Allardyce Samuel Bennett A. and wife Black J. wife and 3 children Bruce James Cameron Daniel wife and child Campbell Alex. Craig John and wife Dallas John and wife Duggan James Farquharson John Hargidan Michael Hickey Michael Keatchen James McAlpine H. and wife McGregor William McIver Hector McKinnon William McMartin Duncan Macallum Oswald and wife Mackay Joseph Malloch John and Jane Michie Jane Miller Jane Murray William Pirie William Ritche William Robin Robert Roy David Simpson James and wife Stewart Peter Taylor James wife and family (5) Taylor Robert wife and family (5) Taylor Mrs and family (5) Thomson Andrew Troy Thomas Veitch William Wilson William Assisted Eigrants Anderson James wife and child Annan Jane Anthony Alexander wife and 2 children Barr Mrs A. Black Alexander wife and 5 children Brown William (Paid 8 pounds passage money to the Provincial Government of Otago on July 6 1869) Burnett William Cameron Anne (Rob. Cameron paid 15 pounds passage money to the Provincial Government of Otago) Carruthers David Clark John Clark Hugh Closs (?Close) Mrs Charlotte and family (5) (Henry Close paid 80 pounds passage money to the Provincial Government of Otago for the passage of Mrs Close and Henry) Connor John and wife (George B. Wood paid 28 pounds 6s passage money to the Provincial Government of Otago on Dec. 22 1865) Corbett Mrs H and 2 children Corbett Ernest Courtenay Catherine Craig Thomas Crawford John Cunningham Helen Cunningham Thomas and wife Dallas Jane, Isabella, James, Charles and Margaret Dempster William Dillon Mary Downey (?Downy) Thomas (G.B. Woods paid 5 pounds passage money to the Provincial Government of Otago on Nov. 12 1865) Duncanson William Elder John wife and daughter Ellis David Fairbairn J Fenwick Isabella Fleming William Fleming James wife and 2 children Fisher Margaret Frazer Margaret (Paid 15 pounds passage money to the Provincial Government of Otago) Gebbie Janet (Paid 6 pounds passage money to the Provincial Government of Otago on July 7 1862) Gibson James Gibb Charles wife and 4 children Gillespie Ann Gillespie Jane Goodlet John Gunyon Mrs Ann Hagan Robert Hagan Robert and wife and child Hagan (?Hegan) Samuel wife and child Halley William wife and child Hannon John wife and 2 children Hislop Jane Hope Thomas and wife Hunter J and wife Hynes Tim. wife and child Hynes Philip (Martin Collins paid 15 pounds passage money to the Provincial Government of Otago) Johnston (Johnstone) William wife and 5 children Johnston (Johnstone) Catherine Keith James wife and 2 children Kelly David Kennedy Don. Kerr Elizabeth Laidlaw William wife and child Laing James wife and family (5) (?Betty, Margaret, James) Liddell Ann Lockie Thomas and wife Love Alexander wife and 2 children McAlpine M McCartney James wife and 3 children McDonald Catherine McGill James wife and 2 children McGillivray Margaret (Jas. Laing paid 8 pounds passage money to the Provincial Government of Otago on Feby. 10 1866) McGregor John wife and family (3) McGregor Agnes McIntrye Duncan and Helen (Alex. McIntyre paid 15 pounds x2 passage money to the Provincial Government of Otago) Macintyre Malcolm and wife Mckenzie William McKenzie Alex. McLaren Thomas McLaren Duncan McMeikan John (William McMeikan paid 15 pounds passage money to the Provincial Government of Otago on Aug. 11 1866) McMeikan Ann (?Anne) and child McRory James Mather Janet and child (Alex. Muir paid 2 pounds 5s passage money to the Provincial Government of Otago) Mitchell James and wife Morrison Isaac Orr Thomas Paton Ann Petrie Janet S. Pettigrew Thomas wife and child Pringle John Pullar John and wife Rankin Peter (Alex. Cameron paid 13 pounds passage money to the Provincial Government of Otago) Richardson William wife and 5 children Ross Charles Rowatt Thomas Scott Henry and wife Scott Thomas Sharp Catherine Sime Mrs Simpson James Smaill Fanny Smeaton Christiana Smeaton George Smellie Robert Smith John A wife and family (6) (?Margarert) Smith Robert wife and 6 children Smith Mary Stevenson Barbara Towers Barbara Turnbull Alexander and wife Turnbull Margaret Vint John wife and family (5) Walker Jane Watson Ann Whyte Jane Wilson Robert Wilson J wife and child Young David wife and 2 children Young Joseph wife and family (7) (?Janet)
The above comprise the following occupations:-
|6 masons||10 carpenters||2 blacksmiths|
|3 bakers||2 shoemakers||24 ploughmen|
|9 shepherds||23 labourers||3 gardeners|
|3 quarrymen||1 sawyer||1 candlemaker|
|2 teachers||1 bricklayer||1 butcher|
|1 brazier||2 tailors||47 domestic servants|
|Male children between 1 and 12||38|
|Female children between 1 and 12||35|
|Total number of souls||324 - equals to 281 adults|
May 7 Mrs Richardson of a daughter
May 10 Mrs McAlpine of a daughter
May 19 Mrs Puller of a daughter
July 17 Mrs Black of a daughter
May 11 Mrs McAlpine's infant
May 16 Alex. Puller, aged 12 months, general debility
June 23 D. McDougall, second steward, ages 35 years, of consumption
July 7 James Scott, aged 14 months, general debility
July 13 Alison Young, aged 15 months, general debility
Birth and Death at Sea
John Pullar married Jean McDonald in Glasgow on 6 August 1860. Their first child Alexander McDonald / Pullar was born 1 May 1860 at Glasgow. They left Scotland on the 3 May 1861 onboard the 'Storm Cloud' bound for Port Chalmers, Otago. Passenger list states PULLAR, John, wife & child. At the end it states in the Births May 19, - Mrs Pullar, daughter. Deaths May 16, Alex Pullar, aged 12 months, general debility. Mrs Pullar gave birth to a girl three after loosing her 12 month old boy. Mary was the baby born at sea and she married James Perry.
Otago Witness August 10 1861
Death. In the Hospital, Dunedin, on the 8th instant Ann WATSON, passenger per "Storm Cloud," and late of Aboyne, Scotland. Friends at a distance will accept this intimation.
Otago Witness Saturday August 3 1861 page 5
An Inquest was held before Henry Howorth, Esq., Coroner, at the Port Chalmers' Hotel, on Wednesday last, on the body of Thomas Buttles, a seaman belonging to the ship "Storm Cloud," the body having been found lying on the beach near Port Chalmers on Monday morning last. From evidence it appears the deceased was last seen alive on Sunday night last about 8 p.m., and was leaving the forecastle of the "Storm Cloud." he then told James Watson, a seaman, that he was going to try and swim ashore. He was blowing a life-preserver, which was fastened round his waist, ha had another round his neck, and a bundle of clothes on his back. Deceased was not seen again, and on Monday morning he was found by Mr Carey, in Mansford Bay, lying on his back at nearly high water mark, with the life preservers about his head and chest. The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental Death."
Otago Witness April 17 1901 pg 28
Mr John Black of Shag Valley died on the 8th, at the age of 70 years. He was a native of Shotts, Lanarkshire, Scotland, and came out to Otago, with his wife and three daughters, in the ship Storm Cloud in 1861. He was engaged in road formation in the Moeraki district. On the land in Shag Valley being surveyed and cut up into farms in 1863, the deceased took up his present holding, and was in fact the first settler in the Valley. He leaves a wife and 11 children - seven sons and four daughters, all grown up, three sons and three daughters being married and 32 grandchildren.
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The list of assisted immigrants for the 1861 "Storm Cloud" voyage is at Archives New Zealand, Wellington, also available in the newspaper Otago Colonist of August the 2nd 1861.