This was in 1874, on her return voyage from the Dominion
Her outward passage on this occasion, under Captain Moon, was made in 84 days from Plymouth to Port Chalmers
She sailed with 250 passengers on December 8, 1873, crossing the Equator on January 8, and sighted the Snares on February 25, 1874, 81 days out. The following year the Carnatic brought another batch of immigrants to Picton and Wellington
She sailed from Plymouth on September 28, 1874 and after landing passengers and some cargo at Picton arrived at Wellington on January 16, 1875.
On the third and last voyage (see below) of the Carnatic the ship was dispatched from Gravesend on September 24, 1875, under Captain Chapman, and after a tedious passage of 119 days the vessel arrived at Auckland on January 21, 1876
In those days very little cargo was offering in the Dominion, and the Carnatic remained at anchor in the harbour for six months, when she sailed for London with a general cargo.
On her return to London the Carnatic made a voyage to San Francisco, and had a narrow escape of being totally wrecked before reaching her destination.
In the early fifties another ship bearing the same name made two voyages to the colony.
Taken from 'White Wings: fifty years of sail in the New Zealand trade, 1850 to 1900' By Henry Brett (Auckland, Brett Printing Co, 1924) Vol I, pg 276
1st voyage of the Carnatic to New Zealand
2nd NZ Voyage
3rd NZ Voyage
4th NZ Voyage
5th NZ Voyage
Note: So although "White Wings" stated that this ship only made 3 voyages the above information shows at least 5 definate voyages
The Carnatic Voyage my ancestors arrived onLeft England 29 September 1874
Arrived Picton, New Zealand 10 January 1875
Families and Children
A full passenger list is recorded in the book "Plum Duff and Cake" which is the Journal of James Nichols from 1874-1875 aboard the Carnatic
The original lists are stored in the National Archives in Wellington
A Blenheim newspaper wrote the following report:
The Carnatic left London on September 29th and beat about the Channel until the Line on November 8th and passed the Cape on December 4th, made Cape Farewell on January 8th, cast anchor off Jacksons Head on same day, and arrived at Mabel Island, Picton Harbour on the 10th
As soon as possible after her arrival the Immigration Commissioners, Messrs Goulter, Dalton & Tripe, went on board and found the ship clean and in excellent order. Enquiries were made among all classes of the passengers, and no complaints of any kind were made, on the contrary they all expressed themselves perfectly satisfied with the treatment they had received. They were all in good health with only two exceptions, one of which was a recent accouchment and the other a person who had for some years being subject to hysteria. There had been very little sickness of any kind during the voyage, only two deaths had occurred, both infants, and two births, which had brought up the number to its original standard
The depot at Picton was filled by those persons who wished either to remain in Picton or to proceed to Havelock, and the remainder have been brought on to the Barracks at this town.
As a proof of the estimation in which Captain E.M. Moon was held by them we may state that he was loudly cheered by the immigrants as in company with Mr Goulter he passed them on the Picton road. Several persons at Tua Marina turned out to welcome the new arrivals and presented them with fruit and milk, an act of graceful welcome which does credit to our suburban friends, and whihc we trust will be an augury of future union and good feeling between out old and new "chums". Upon making enquiry at the Depot this afternoon we learned that 98 adults and 43 children had been received there of whom all the servant girls had been engaged except two, and those would probably find employment before the day is out. Five married couples have found engagements, besides three of the single men, two being carpenters, the other a blacksmith
The Marlborough Press - Wednesday 13 January 1875
When the vessel arrived in harbor, a large number of persons went out to visit her, and it was found that she had arrived free from disease and in a remarkably clean condition. On Monday the work of disembarkation began, and the passengers, as they were landed, were drafted off to Blenheim, except such of them as chose to remain in Picton, or who were to be transferred to another port. Seventeen families were selected by the Colonists'Aid Society, and the destination of these is the Manchester Block in the Wellington Province. Two nominated immigrants were on board, both single men, one being for Canterbury and the other for Wellington. The passengers speak highly of the treatment they received on board, and have nothing but good to say of the Captain, the ship's officers, and Dr Smith, who was surgeon-superintendent in charge. The immigrants appear to be a respectable body, and of a class to make good colonists. They are well spoken of by those who had them in charge during the voyage, and the esteem is mutual. The account of the passage cannot be more pithily summed up than it was by one of the sailors who said that "the voyage had been a particularly fine one- two deaths, one birth, and no rows"
The male immigrants comprise 64 laborers, 3 gardeners, 3 miners, 1 ploughman, 1 butcher, 1 groom, 14 carpenters, 2 wheelwrights, 3 blacksmiths, 1 blacksmith's laborer, 1 engineer, 2 fitters, 3 brickmakers, 1 stone-cutter, 1 stonemason, 3 bootmakers, 1 boot rivetter, 1 mechanic, 1 painter, 1 plate-layter, 1 railway porter and 1 tailor. Amongst the female immigrants there are 24 general servants, 1 cook, 1 dairymaid, 1 housemaid and 1 nurse. The places from which our new settlers were selected were - England, 225; Scotland, 36; Ireland, 24;, Channel Islands, 6; and Switzerland, 5. There are 57 families, containing in all 200 souls; 58 single men and 39 single women. They are apparently well satisfied with their prospects, several of them having been engaged before landing, and numerous enquiries were made by persons in want of assistance such as the immigrants could afford. There is every probability that the great bulk of the passengers to remain in the Province will speedily find employment. The charge so frequenetly applied to the Agent-General; of sending unsuitable immigrants cannot be sustained in this instance, and if as much discretion has been shown in selecting immigrants for other ports, colonists can have no cause to complain about the quality of those sent to reside amongst them.
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