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Ship: 898 tons
Sailed London September 29th 1877 - arrived Hawke's Bay 4th January 1878
The vessel was placed in quarantine on account of scarlet fever having broken out. Later she proceeded to Wellington arriving there
on February 13th.
The Pilot KRAEFT took off another boat load of fresh provisions to the quarantined ship Renfrewshire on Saturday afternoon, and placed
them on a platform lowered for the occasion. The Pilot KRAEFT informedour reporter that there were no fresh cases of sickness on board, and it is most likely that when the Commissioners go out this morning in the Fairy the ship will be allowed a clean bill of health. Signals were exchanged on Saturday between the Immigration Officer and the ship; the ship, in answer to the question regarding the health of the immigrants, signalled "all well." The Renfreshire has got 900 tons of cargo on board, 300 for Napier, and 600 for Wellington, where she will proceed on her landing theNapier portion.
Families and Children
|Bailey Ralph||37||Durham||Joiner||Margaret 36 Wife
Margaret A 15 Trans to s/w
Elizabeth M. 11
Sarah A. 8
Edith A. 3
||30||Lincolnshire||Farm Labourer||Kate 23|
|27||Sussex||Farm Labourer||Caroline 21|
|Bosanks Thomas||36||Cornwall||Farm Labourer||Elizabeth 29
Edward 12 Trans to s/m
|Curtis John||33||Cornwall||Farm Labourer||Elizabeth 22
John H. 18 mths
|Dorrington Frederick||27||Glostershire||Farm Labourer||Mary 25
William 9 mths
|Evans Frederick||27||Glostershire||Farm Labourer||
|German James||28||Cornwall||Farm Labourer||Mary A. 27
Albert E. 7
Mary G. 3
|Howe Alfred||35||Norfolk||Carpenter||Ann P. 35
Alfred C. 15 Trans to s/m
Arthur G. 13 Trans to s/m
Walter E. 10
|Jensen Niels||25||Denmark||Farm Labourer||Pehine 27
Jenet L. 1
Ole M. 16 Trans to s/m
|King Charles B.||29||
|Lynch William||23||Surrey||Gardener||Eliza 29|
|Madder William||26||Norfolk||Bricklayer||Lucy 26
Hephezebah 18 mths
|Mist Vince||34||Hants||Farm Labourer||Mary A. 33
Mary A. 1
|Morris George||34||Glostershire||Farm Labourer||Anne 30
Lucy 2 died on ship
|Murphy Thomas||27||Wexford||Farm Labourer||Anne 20|
|Neal James||33||Tipperary||Farm Labourer||
|Oats Moses||30||Cornwall||Farm Labourer||Judith 28
William James 1
|Oats James||32||Cornwall||Farm Labourer||Margaret 32
Elizabeth Jane 7
Mary A. 4
Anne N. 18 mths died on ship
|Oliver William||28||Durham||Joiner||Hannah J. 26
Robert 11 mths
|Paramore Samuel||27||Somerset||General Labourer||Mary A. 29|
|Pringle George||43||Durham||Joiner||Ann 42|
|Ritchards John||35||Glostershire||Farm Labourer||Jane 31
John James 3
|Simmonds Charles||28||Stafford||Iron Moulder||Caroline 24
Elizabeth 1 died on ship
|Smith John||25||Glostershire||Farm Labourer||Henrietta 30
Hester J. 11
Frances E. 7
|Stokes William||36||Shropshire||Farm Labourer||Fanny 29
|Webb George||30||Hants||Carter||Jane 31
|Wells Francis||24||Glostershire||Farm Labourer||Elizabeth A. 23
Florence 1 died on ship
|Balsillie John||26||Fife||Farm Labourer|
|Berry John H.||16||Devon|
|Bluitt Patrick||24||Cork||Farm Labourer|
|Bosanks Edward H.||12||Cornwall|
|Burgess Richard Henry||19||Cornwall||Farm Labourer|
|Burgess Thomas||21||Cornwall||Farm Labourer|
|Casey Micheal||20||Cork||Farm Labourer|
|Casley John||21||Cornwall||Farm Labourer|
|Coleman William||22||Devon||Farm Labourer|
|Collins Michael-see note||22||LimerickFarm||Labourer||
|Collins Cornelius-see notes||19||Limerick||Farm Labourer|
|Connell James||19||Tipperary||Farm Labourer|
|Connolly John||22||Tipperary||Farm Labourer|
|Condon Timothy||22||Cork||Farm Labourer|
|Conway Thomas||23||Tipperary||Farm Labourer|
|Donovan John||19||Tyrone||Farm Labourer|
|Egan John||17||Somerset||Farm Labourer|
|Fitzgerald Ganett||21||Cork||Farm Labourer|
|Forman Henry||20||Middlesex||Farm Labourer|
|Haley William||27||Cork||Farm Labourer|
|Hardoe William||21||Shropshire||Farm Labourer|
|Harvey John||29||Cornwall||Farm Labourer|
|Holloway William||18||Glamorganshire||Farm Labourer|
|Howe Alfred C.||15||Norfolk|
|Howe Arthur G.||13||Norfolk|
|Irwin John||20||Kerry||Farm Labourer|
|Irwin Micheal||19||Kerry||Farm Labourer|
|King Thomas||21||Cork||Farm Labourer|
|Lewis John||23||Monmouth||Farm Labourer|
|McLernon Joseph||21||Londonderry||Farm Labourer|
|Murphy Micheal||29||Waterford||Farm Labourer|
|O'Connell Patrick||20||Tipperary||Farm Labourer|
|O'Hara John||21||Antrim||Farm Labourer|
|Parry John W.||24||Montgomery||Carpenter|
|Seaward Thomas||22||Hants||Farm Labourer|
|Sharp Charles||20||Cornwall||Farm Labourer|
|St. John Daniel||20||Tipperary||Farm Labourer|
|Tanner W.||24||Glostershire||Farm Labourer|
|Colonial nominated single men.|
|Harwood James||19||Northampton||General Labourer|
|Jensen Ole M.||16||Denmark||Farm Labourer|
|Trevelyan Francis||20||Cornwall||General Labourer|
|Bailey Margaret A.||15||Durham||Servant|
|Bonnor Ann||30||Middlesex||General Servant|
|Butler Mary A.||20||Warwickshire||Housemaid|
|Carmarthen Alberta||22||Middlesex||General Servant|
|Casey Margaret||19||Tyrone||General Servant|
|Chapman Emma||22||Hants||General Servant|
|Chapman Charlotte E.||24||Hants||Housemaid|
|Connor Deborah||17||Tyrone||General Servant|
|Connor Mary||16||Tyrone||General Servant|
|Donovan Ellen||17||Tyrone||General Servant|
|Downs Kate A.||23||Cheshire||General Servant|
|Harrington Deberah||29||Tyrone||General Servant|
|Jenkins Letitia A.||19||Glostershire||Housemaid|
|Kennen Maria||22||Cheshire||General Servant|
|Mansfield Ellen||19||Hants||General Servant|
|McCarthy Mary||18||Tyrone||General Servant|
|McCarthy Eliza||20||Hants||General Servant|
|Moriarty Mary||18||Tyrone||General Servant|
|O'Connell Kate||24||Kerry||General Servant|
|Parsons Ellen J.||20||Middlesex||General Servant|
|Poule Isabella||23||Lanarkshire||General Servant|
|Radburn Martha||17||Staffordshire||General Servant|
|Reed Charlotte R.||24||Surrey||General Servant|
|Roberts Elizabeth||21||Cornwall||General Servant|
|Ryan Catherine||21||Tipperary||General Servant|
|Sindell Mary A.||21||cambridge||General Servant|
|Smith Annie||18||Glostershire||General servant|
|Stevens Mary A.||24||Somerset||General Servant|
|Sullivan Bridget||17||Tyrone||General Servant|
|Thomas Annie C.||20||Middlesex||General Servant|
|Ward Annie E.||18||Lincoln||General Servant|
|Colonial nomination single women|
|Fogarty Mary||22||Tipperary||General Servant|
Time line for Renfrewshire
HBH 1878 Jan 4 2 Expected Arrival
Port of NAPIER
RENFREWSHIRE ship from London HBH 1892 Jan 4 2 Expected Arrival
Port of NAPIER
RENFREWSHIRE ship from London
From here damaged newspaper-missing report re carrying yellow jack flag.
HBH 1892 Jan 5 2 Arrival Renfrewshire
Jan 4 Passengers-204 immigrants
HBH 1892 Jan 5 2 Renfrewshire in Pratique
ARRIVAL OF THE SHIP RENFREWSHIRE.
The ship Renfrewshire arrived in the roadstead at about 8 a.m. yesterday after a rather long passage of 97 days from London. Mr Kraeft, the pilot, duly attended her, not waiting for the steam launch Fairy, which usually conveys the Commissioners on board any immigrant ship that arrives, in this port. The pilots, action in the present instance is easily accounted for. He, being in doubt as to whether-it was the ship Crownthorpe, now hourly expected from Wellington, or the ship Renfrewshire, decides to proceed on board the vessel, and anchor her, whichever one it should turn out to be, as she was getting close to the anchorage. However, the Health Commissioners shortly afterwards started off in the s.s. Fairy, and went alongside the ship. They held no real communication with the Renfrewshire, except verbally between the doctor of the ship and Commissioners Dr Hitchings and G. T. Fannin (Immigration Officer). From this short communication it was ascertained that the Renfrewshire had scarlatina and bronchitis on board, and it was therefore resolved to place her in quarantine. Dr Dale, who many of our readers will remember, be having resided in Napier and Porangahau some short time ago, is the doctor in charge of the ship. The Commissioners have, we learn, kindly permitted the Renfrewshire to be supplied with fresh provisions, &c., and any letters left at Messrs Watt Bros.which firm deserves praise for the facilities they have offered to friends on shore to communicate to the shipwill be duly forwarded to those on board. Nothing will be allowed to come ashore from the ship, but any person on board can communicate to their friends verbally through, Pilot Kraeft, and if the pilot can recollect half the messages we have no doubt he will receive, we shall wish him joy; and we may remind him that he had better equip himself with a quire or two of paper, in order, that the messages may be delivered correctly, without too severe a tax on the memory. This is the first time we have had to chronicle the quarantining of an immigrant ship at this port; and from what we can learn, the Immigration Officer is sorely put about in consequence, as, since he commenced his term of service in 1859, he has never had to quarantine a ship. We can sympathise with him, for we have often heard him congratulate himself on his good luck, and his gleeful countenance when All well was shouted, out was worth seeing; but, alas! not so on the present occasion. The Commissioners will proceed on board the Renfrewshire in the launch on Monday or Tuesday next, to inquire into the health of the immigrants, as it was deemed advisable by them, in the event of any latent cases remaining, that a few days should be allowed to elapse before landing the passengers. It is to be regretted that the Renfrewshire should have to go into quarantine as, on enquiry, we learn that most of the single women will receive quick employment. The single men are also in very great demand. A great deal of disappointment was expressed by some farmers who had gone to the Spit with the expectation of engaging hands, when, they found that the Renfrewshire had the yellow Jack flying at her masthead. The ship will be admitted to pratique as soon as practicable.
HBH 1878 Jan 7 2 Provisions
THE SHIP RENFREWSHIRE
The Pilot took off another boat-load of fresh provisions to the quarantined ship Renfrewshire on Saturday afternoon, and place them on a platform lowers for the occasion. Pilot Kraeft informed our reporter that there were no fresh cases of sickness on board, and it is most likely that when the commissioners go out this morning in the Fairy the ship will be allowed a clean bill of health. Signals were exchanged on Saturday between the Immigration Officer and the ship; the ship, in answer to the question regarding the health of the Immigrants, signalled all well. The Renfrewshire has got 900 tons of cargo on board, 200 for Napier, and 600 for Wellington, where she will proceed on her landing the Napier portion. HBH 1892 Jan 8 2 Parks Island
Two of the Commissioners of the Board of Health and the Immigration Officer went yesterday over the quarantine buildings at Parks Island to see to their being fit for the reception of the immigrants by the Renfrewshire, it being intended to land them from that vessel early this morning. They will be kept a week in the Quarantine buildings, during which time every precaution will be taken to prevent communication with them; any person attempting to communicate with them will be subject to a very heavy penalty.
HBH 1892 Jan 10 2 Medical Officer
Yesterday morning the medical officer by the Renfrewshire, Dr. Dale, sent word by the pilot boat, asking whether he could have the benefit of a legal gentlemans advice on board the ship. We are not aware of what was sent to Dr Dale, but of course any solicitor who went on board the vessel would have to stay there until the period of quarantine has expired. We understand that the immigrants are now very anxious to leave the ship, but they will not be landed until Friday, when they will have to take up their quarters in the quarantine barracks.
HBH 1878 Jan 7 2 Letter from Taradale
Sir,-I am a father of a large family, all of them residing at Taradale, and in perfect health at present. I was not only surprised, but horrified, to find a number of the immigrants from the quarantine station in our midst on Sunday last. Who am I to blame for it? Not the immigrants, but the Board of Health for allowing them the privilege.
I have read in the columns of your paper the great care taken in lading them. The boats towed by a steamboat at cables length, and piloted by young Stuart across the bay, so as not to have communication with the shore. After that they are left under the charge of an infirm man to look after them.
I would have been as well, and perhaps better, to have sent them to Gore Browne Barracks, when the gentlemen of the Board of Health, as they call themselves, would have a chance of feeling the effects of this dangerous disease that they have these immigrants quarantined for. Two years ago a contagious disease was brought amongst us in the same way. Now the Board of Health is about giving us another dose. If two trustworthy men were employed, and placed one at each end of the Island, with instructions not to allow us to leave the station, all would be right; but as it is, I would not be surprise if some of the immigrants would be 20 miles inland in a very short time--say 24 hours after landing-which would give the disease a good chance of spreading its deathly venom amongst our healthy settlers.
Not on my own or on my familys account do I complain, but for the whole community, as it a most serious thing to have so dangerous a disease brought amongst us through neglect. Hoping some person of influence will take it in hand, and prevent the same occurring again-I am, &c.
January 14, 1878
HBH 1878 Jan 8 2 Renfrewshire Decision. Commissioners Dr. HITCHINGS, H.S. TIFFEN, J.M.TABUTEAU, A. KENNEDY, and the Immigration Officer visited the quarantined ship Renfrewshire in the steam launch Fairy yesterday morning. The Commissioners held a consultation with Dr. Dale, the ships doctor, and afterwards decided to remove the immigrants this morning to the quarantine station (Parks Island), where they will be conveyed in the ships boats this morning, and kept there till next Monday.
The ship and cargo re to be fumigated today, and she will be entered at the Customs to-morrow.
HBH 1878 Jan 11 2 Immigrants landed
The immigrants will be landed from the Renfrewshire this morning. We have no doubt that by the time the commissioners go out all the immigrants will express their willingness to once more setting their feet on terra firma. We believe they will be towed opposite the breastwork by one of the steam launches, when they will be cast adrift and proceed to the quarantine station.
HBH 1878 Jan 12 2 Renfrewshire and Board of Health
The s.s. Sir Donald, Captain Watson, proceeded to the quarantined ship Renfrewshire with the Board of Health yesterday morning, and, as we expected, all the immigrants expressed a strong desire to comply with the wish of the commissioners; the latter receiving three hearty British cheers from those on board the ship, which is a more fitting way of greeting the officers of the board, than the reception they got on the occasion of their visit to them on Tuesday. The captain of the Renfrewshire gave the order to man the boats while the immigrants were being told off. As soon as everything on board was completed, the word was passed for the Sir Donald to make fast the tow line, and the launch started for the port. Five boat loads, containing sixty-five persons in all, were landed yesterday, and those who had to remain on board will be brought ashore this morning. The launch towed them as far as the outer wharf, when the boats were cast off, and piloted by Mr Stuart made their way for thee quarantine station. We understand that the barracks are replete with every accommodation required. Mr Fox was on Parks Island for two days making arrangements for the comfort of the immigrants. The vessel will be fumigated for 24 hours before being admitted to pratique.
HBH 1878 Jan 15 2 Letter
THE RENFREWSHIRE IMMIGRANTS
Sir,-You will oblige me greatly by the insertion of the following facts in connection with the quarantining of the ship Renfrewshire: -
When the Renfrewshire arrived in the Port of Napier, everyone was in
complete health, and when the Commissioners, &c., came alongside,
all on board were up, dressed, and ready to go on shore.
We the undersigned, declare that Dr Dale, surgeon-superintendent, reported all well on our arrival at this port, on Friday, January the 4th, 18878. This report was made to the Commissioners on this date.
Alfred J.B. HOUR.
-I am, &c.
John DALE M.D.
HBH 1878 Jan 15 2 Landing
The ship Renfrewshire having entered at the Customs, the agents
Request consignees to pass entries with as little delay as possible
HBH 1878 Jan 15 2 REPORT OF THE RENFREWSHIRE
REPORT OF THE RENFREWSHIRE
The steam launch, took off the Collector of Customs, J. M. Tabuteau, Esq., and Mr Balharry, who represents the agents of the ship, at an early hour yesterday, and in answer to the question put by the Collector as to whether the ship had been fumigated in accordance with the Quarantine regulations, received an answer in the affirmative from Captain Peattie. She was then boarded, and was found to be in an excellent condition. The hospital between decks, which was reported by Dr Dale to be in a leaky condition, on inspection was found to be taut in, every part. The accommodation on board seemed to give entire satisfaction to all of the immigrants, as will be seen by the testimonials presented to the captain and the doctor, which we give below.
The ship Renfrewshire sailed, from Plymouth on Saturday, September 29, under the command of Captain Peattie, with Government immigrants, who were under the charge of Dr Dale, the Surgeon-superintendent of the ship. She experienced fine weather up to Saturday, 5th of October, when she first encountered bad weather, which lasted about twenty-four hours.
After this fine weather up to the crossing of the Equator, which she crossed on her thirty-first day out from Plymouth. She was on the meridian of the Cape of Good Hope on Monday, the 26th of November, in latitude 39deg. 38min. south, with strong west winds, and the weather boisterous with heavy sea. The easting was run down in latitude 42deg. longitude 75deg. east, and she had strong westerly winds during a period of the time she was running down. - The captain informed our reporter, that on the whole they had fine weather during the voyage. On Sunday, December 23, the Renfrewshire rounded Tasmania, sighted Cape Farewell on Tuesday, January 1, passing the Spit light at 8 p.m., and arrived in Napier on Friday, January 4.
The following vessels were spoken on the voyage:-
October 30, City of Hankow, bound to Calcutta, 30 days out;
October 31, City of Calcutta, bound to Calcutta from Cardiff, 32 days out;
November 7, barque Archer, bound to New York from Buenos Ayres, 22 days out, by which the immigrants sent a mail bag;
November 10, Rifleman, bound to Bombay from Liverpool, 42 days out;
same day spoke the ship Auckland, bound to Otago from London, 42 days out;
November. 14; Lady- Penryn, bound to Sydney, of and from Liverpool, 49 days out;
November 20, barque Pietie Adolf, bound to Java. from Cardiff, 70 days out.
The following deaths occurred during the voyage:
Annie Oates, on October 26, of diarrhoea, aged 2 years;
Elizabeth Simmonds, on October 26, of infantile convu1sion, aged 16 months;
Edmond Neal, on October 31, of. Diarrhoea, aged 17 months;
Lucy Morris, on November 4, of Diarrhoea, aged 2 years;
Florence Wells, on November 20, of Diarrhoea, aged 13 months ½ months
No births occurred during the passage.
The following testimonials were presented to Captain J. B. Peattie and Dr Dale, surgeon - superintendent, the different compartments signing the same papers:
Ship Renfrewshire, January 4, 1878. Captain John 5. Peattie:
Dear Sir, We the undersigned have taken great pleasure-in presenting this testimonial to you as an acknowledgment for the courtesy you have shown us throughout our long passage we having all observed, by your hearty co-operation with the surgeon-superintendent at all times, that your sole aim was to secure the health, safety, and happiness of all on board. Wishing you success in your future career, we beg to remain, yours faithfully. [here follow the signatures.]
Ship Renfrewshire, January 4, 1878. J. Dale, Esq., M.D.:
Dear Sir,We the undersigned feel great pleasure in presenting this testimonial to you as an acknowledgment for the very efficient manner in which you have executed your duties as surgeon-superintendent of the said ship during our passage from Plymouth to Napier. New Zealand, especially in the capacity of medical practitioner, in which you have been most attentive and diligent; also for your evident anxiety to encourage all kinds of heartfelt amusements for the benefit of all under your care. Wishing you every success in your future professional career, -we beg to remain, yours faithfully. [Here follow the signatures.]
The Renfrewshire commenced unloading yesterday the Napier portion of her cargo, which, consists of about 300 tons, and will on completion proceed to Wellington and from there to Adelaide. HBH 1892 Jan 19 2 Petition
We hear that a petition has been drawn up by the Renfrewshire immigrants, complaining of being wrongly detained in quarantine in Napier. The petition, we are informed, has been signed by the whole of the passengers, and is to be presented to the Minister for Immigration at Wellington.
HBH 1878 Jan 19 2 Moorings
The ship Renfrewshire, which was moored at one of the western buoys, broke from her moorings yesterday. The pilot went out to her, but we were unable to obtain any information up to the time our reported left the Spit
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