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The Lyttleton Times, Thursday, September 30, 1869




Sept. 29 - Hydaspes, ship, 2092 tons, Babot; from London. Passengers - Cabin : Mr and Mrs David Lewis, Mr Charles Lewis, Mr and Mrs Barton, Rev. G. Watkins, Rev. R. Taylor, Mrs Taylor, Dr Fox, Mrs Fox, Messers Tancred, Staveley, Fox, Riddiford, Bridger, Irving, Lasenby, Jackson, B. Behrens, P. Behrens, W. Grose.



Ploughmen - Joshua Hannant, wife and child, Norfolk; John O'Donnell, wife and three children, Donegal.

Farm Labourers - Alexander Dunbar, wife and five children, Nairn; John Beveridge, and wife, Fifeshire; James Simmons, wife and child; Joseph Keilpin, wife and three children, Bucks; Edward Brinkinann, wife and three children, Germany.

Coach Maker - William Theakston and wife, Middlesex.

Labourer - William Lewis and wife, Cornwall.


Ploughmen - Harry Childs, Dorsetshire; Joseph Brooks, Sussex; Robert Hepburn, Ayreshire; James Gallagher, Thomas Boyd, Patrick Gallagher, Donegal; William McCausland, James Johnston, Tyrone; James Connors, Clare; Joseph Miller, Caithness.

Farm Labourers - Alexander Dunbar, Nairn; William Dunbar, Buteshire; William B. Clarkson, Yorkshire; Joseph Rainbow, Northampton; William Buston, Wiltshire; Wm. Jas. Roberts, Somersetshire; Thomas Gibbs, Cornwall; John Fotheringham, Orkney; Robert Pine, Banffshire; Henry Mullier, Michael Mullier, Tyrone; Thomas Foulston, George Foulston, Yorkshire; Walter Wray, Kent.

Gardeners - Thomas Hobbs, John Hobbs, Alfred Coker, Bucks.

Labourers - William Mundie, Aberdeenshire; Henry W. Ottaway, Kent; Hugh Oliver, Cornwall; William Theakston, Middlesex.

Shepherds - John Maclean, Ross-shire; Thomas Cochrane, Ayreshire; John Grice, Leicestershire; Robert Gilmore, Lanarkshire.


General Servants - Jane Dunbar, Nairn; Bridget Mullin, Mary Ann Mullin, Jessie Mason, Tyrone; Emma Wells, Annie L. Davis, Middlesex; Elizabeth Moore, Devonshire; Ann Hackett, Middlesex; Mary Kilvington, Surrey; Margaret Mackenzie, Prince Edward Island; Mary Ann Lamb, Middlesex; Mary E. Gordon, Staffordshire; Geraldine Griffiths, Notts; Jane Roberts, Staffordshire; Mary Ann Baker, Somersetshire; Wilhelmina Glustin, Germany; Jane Draffin, Lanarkshire; Margaret Davidson, Elginshire; Elizabeth Wilson, Armagh; Mary Donnelly, Tyrone; Ellen Duggan, Maria Duggan, Galway; Mary McSwigan, Tyrone; Catherine Gallagher, Donegal; Letitia Caldwell, Margaret Caldwell, Tyrone; Honor Francis, Mary Mulroyan, Mary Kelly, Galway; Margaret Quane, Limerick; Johannah Slattery, Cork; Ellen Burke, Winifred Corbett, Galway; Mary Toomy, Tipperary; Susanna Goold, Down; Margaret Husband, Waterford; Harriet Billings, Kent; Eliza Stephens, India; Margaret Miller, Caithness; Martha Bradley, Lincolnshire; Isabella Brien, Eliza Lewis, Roscommon.

Cooks - Margaret Wells, Elizabeth Anne Down, Middlesex; Philadelphia Cuthbert, Kent; Elizabeth Barkley, Norfolk; Martha Balls, Suffolk.

Dairy Women - Christina Gilmore, Margaret Gilmore, Renfrewshire.

House Maids - Grace Campbell, Middlesex; Fanny Child, Shropshire.

Laundress - Ann Husband - Waterford.

Nurses - Maude Sittason, Margaret Campbell, Middlesex; Mary J. Husband, Waterford.

Machinist - Emma Hodder, Middlesex.

- Ellen Theakston, Middlesex; Margaret Dunbar, Buteshire; Bridget Mullin, Tyrone; Anne Mason, Hannah Helliwell, Fangy Helliwell, Yorkshire.

Matron - Phoebe Mason.


Males - Farm labourers, 19; ploughmen, 12; gardeners, 3; labourers, 5; shepherds, 3; coachmaker, 1. Total males, 43.

Females - General servants, 42; cooks, 5; dairy women, 2; house-maids, 2; nurses, 3; laundress, 1; machinist, 1; matron, 1. Total females, 57.

Male adults, 44; female adults, 73; male children, 10; female children, 11; infants 2. Total souls, 140, equal to 127 1/2 statute adults.


Captain Babot has furnished the following report: - Left Gravesend on the 3rd July at 6 p.m.; parted with the pilot off the Isle of Wight at noon on the 5th, wind westerly with dense fog; turned down Channel, and on the 8th, at 6 p.m., the last English land - the Scilly Islands - was seen, bearing north, 25 miles; on the 9th, signalled the ship Robert Henderson, from London to Otago; remained in company up to the evening of the 11th, when the wind freshening we gave her the go-by. From this time, we experienced light and variable winds. In latitude 32 N. we fell in with the N.E. trades, which were very light, and were lost in latitude 14 N. From this up to 1 N., we had light and variable winds when the S.E. trade winds set in. On July 21 signalled the barque Stormy Petrel, from Rangoon, bound north; on the 25th signalled the barque Akbar, from Liverpool, bound to Buenos Ayres. The captain being sick, Dr Fox volunteered to go on board, and on his return, sent medicine back. On the 30th exchanged signals with the Maori, from Auckland to London. On August 2, lat. 6 N., long. 20 W., signalled and passed the ship Brockham from London to Melbourne. On August 4, signalled and passed the barque Safeguard from New York, bound to Madras. On Aug. 5 crossed the equator in 20 W. longitude; same day signalled the ship Ascalon, from London to Sydney. The S.E. Trades were brisk, but lost in 30 S. latitude. On the 17th exchanged signals with City of Agra, bound to Calcutta. On August 30 passed the meridian of Cape of Good Hope, in latitude 43, 30 S. The longitude was run down between the parallels of 42 and 45 S. Strong gales and high seas and very unsettled weather were experienced in running down the easting. The largest day's run was 331 miles; for seven days the ship made over 300 miles in the day; 1900 miles were made in one week. On Sept. 24 passed the meridian of Tasmania. On Sept. 27, at 2 p.m., sighted the Snares, blowing a heavy S.W. gale with high sea. On Sept 28, at noon, was off Otago Heads, S.W. gale increasing; at midnight was off Banks Peninsula. Captain Sproul, pilot, came on board at 11 o'clock on the 29th Sept., and we anchored off Port Levy. The Hydaspes has made a fine passage, the run from the Line being especially noteworthy.


The Lyttleton Times, Friday, October 1, 1869

The Hydaspes

Yesterday morning at 6.45 the s.s. Wellington started to tow the Hydaspes in, as owing to a heavy S.W. breeze she could not beat up the harbour. The ship was anchored about six miles outside the Heads. The health officers, Drs Donald and Rouse, and Captain Gibson were passengers. On arriving alongside it was that all on board were well, and that there had been no sickness during the voyage. The ship was at once taken in tow, and came up to her anchorage off Rhodes Bay at 12.30 p.m. She has nearly the same officers as when last here - Mr D. Robb is purser, Mr Deschappela chief officer; Dr Alexander Fox, of London, surgeon. The ship maintains her high prestige for cleanliness and comfort. His Honour the Superintendent left Lyttleton in the p.s. Novelty at 11 a.m. and inspected the vessel. The immigrants and passengers speak in the highest terms of the captain and officers. There are on board four fine Durham bulls, the property of Mr Hay and Mr Bogg. Mr Robb has brought out two hedgehogs for the Acclimatisation gardens; four were brought on board, but two died during the passage.

The following testimonials were presented to Captain Babot yesterday: -

'To Captain Babot - We, the saloon passengers of the ship Hydaspes, desire to record our grateful sense of the kindness displayed by you and the officers generally, and also our cordial appreciation of your skill and untiring watchfulness for our welfare throughout the voyage from England to New Zealand. That health and prosperity may attend you in every voyage you make, is the earnest wish of yours,' - Signed by all saloon passengers.

'The steerage passengers and immigrants on board the ship Hydaspes, on arriving at Lyttleton, Canterbury, have a desire to express their gratitude to the Captain and officers for their uniform kindness and gentlemanly behaviour towards them, and slao to express their thanks to Dr Fox for the prompt, kind, and efficient way in which he has discharged the onerous calls made on him. The undersigned will at all times look back on their voyage to the land of their adoption with pleasure, and will always feel pleased to learn that Captain Babot and his officers will continue to form the link between them and the Mother Country. Trusting their efforts may be crowned with success in the future as they have been at present.' Signed by all the steerage passengers and immigrants.

Extra Information from The Weekly Press Newspaper

The clipper ship Hydaspes, Captain Babot commander, arrived off the Heads on 29th Sept from London, after a passage of 80 days from land to land. She brings a number of saloon and steerage passengers, all of whom have arrived in good health. There has been no births or deaths.

The ship Hydaspes was towed up to her anchorage opposite Rhodes' Bay next day, by the ss Wellington. The Wellington left the port at 6 am and proceeded outside the Heads to tow her in, arriving again at midday. The whole of the immigrants were landed same day by the ps Novelty and proceeded to Christchurch by special train at 430 p.m. The health officers upon visiting the ship found all well.