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'Cissy' 1874 to Wellington

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Arrived Wellington, 13th Jan.1874— Cissy, ship, from London, 100 days out ; 14 passengers, all well.

'Papers Past' - a NZ National Library website.  Evening Post, 1 May 1873, Page 2
The ship Cissy has cleared for London with 5273 sacks wheat, 100 cases meats, 70 pockets, 1178 bales wool, valued at £27,880.

North Otago Times, 2 September 1873, Page 2
Arrived from New Zealand — Warwick, Palmerston, Cissy (29 April);

Evening Post, 13 January 1874, Page 2

Port of Wellington. Arrived January 13 — Cissy, ship, 668 tons, Spencer, from London.
The Cissy, 634 tons, Thomas Spencer, commander, arrived in this port at noon to-day, having left Gravesend on the 4th October, 1873. She experienced fine weather during the passage, which occupied exactly l00 days. The Cissy brings brings 12 saloon and 3 second cabin passengers and a general cargo. Fifteen valuable sheep - 7 rams and 8 ewes were shipped, but not having been put on board in proper condition 12 died on the voyage, only 1 ram and 2 ewes remaining alive on arrival. The ship will come alongside the wharf tomorrow. She is consigned to Messrs Levin and Co.. Per Cissy:

Cabin -

Mrs and Misses Lawson (2)
Mr and Mrs Marchant and 2 children
Mrs Meason
Miss Griffiths
Messrs Russell (2)
Mr Best

2nd Cabin -

Mr Davies
Mr Homar
Mr Thompson

Evening Post, 24 January 1874, Page 2
ABSENT FROM DUTY. Stewart McWilliam was charged with being drunk and absent without leave from the ship Cissy. The former charge was conclusively proved by the prisoner's appearance in the box, which unquestionably was a drunken and disorderly appearance. The latter was settled by the evidence of the chief officer of the Cissy, Thomas George Emerson, who proved the prisoner's absence without leave that morning. His Worship said it would be well at any rate to give the prisoner an opportunity of recovering from his drunkenness. He should commit him for 7 days with hard labor.

Evening Post, 5 February 1874, Page 2
William James, third officer of the Cissy, corroborated the other officer's evidence in every particular.


Daily Southern Cross, 24 August 1874, Page 5
Deal - on 29th June, the Cissy, for Wellington


To Lyttelton 1866

The Cissy, Captain T. Spencer, sailed from the Downes 1st December, 1865, arrived 24th March. Passengers 12 saloon and 21 forecabin.

Evening Post, 2 April 1866, Page 2
Our markets have exhibited a little more animation during the past week, and inquiries for goods have been more frequent than for some weeks past. The arrivals of the Cissy and Victory will supply our market with very many goods much wanted, and already some considerable parcels have been sold to land. The goods named in our last week's issue as being very scarce still continue So ; and as the shipments are exceedingly small, we look for high prices for such articles at bacon, hams, cheese, currants, &c.

Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 1 May 1866, Page 2
Canterbury. Press Office, April 23. The goods by the Victory and Cissy are being rapidly landed, and changing hands freely; most them are seasonable, and the whole well assorted as regards the requirements of the place. The news brought by the English mail has tended to improve our commercial matters, and give an impetus to transactions in our staple trade—wool having made a good advance, and the consumption being in excess of the supply. Money is also decidedly easier.

The ships Cissy and Victory arrived at Port Lyttelton, from London, on the 24th and 25th March. The Cissy, 649 tons, Captain T. Spencer, left Gravesend 24 November 1865, sailed from the Downes 1st December 1865. Passengers, 12 saloon and 21 fore-cabin.


To Lyttelton 1873

West Coast Times, 31 January 1873, Page 2
The Lyttelton Times states that Mr A Burnes, the general manager of the National Bank of New Zealand with the necessary staff, is on board the Cissy, which is expected to arrive at Lyttelton about the end of the current month.

Daily Southern Cross, 6 February 1873, Page 3
WELLINGTON, Wednesday. Despatches from the Agent-General via Suez noted the shipment of
111 tons of steel rails for Otago per Beautiful Star;
53 tons rails for Canterbury per 'Charlotte Gladstone, to be transhipped at ship's expense from Otago to Lyttelton ; 47 tons rails, 29 tons spikes, per the Cissy, for Canterbury;
29 tons spikes for Nelson direct, and five tons rails per Forfarshire to Wellington but for Nelson
95 tons of rail per City of Bombay to Otago for Mataura and Invercargill line.

West Coast Times, 19 February 1873, Page 2
Wellington, Feb. 18. Several stud of sheep, per Cissy, from England, being infected with foot and mouth disease, the Superintendent of Canterbury has applied to the Government to take steps to prevent the introduction of the disease. The Executive Council, to-day, ordered the customs' authorities at all ports to prevent the landing of any sheep or cattle from England without the consent of the Provincial authorities.

Evening Post, 21 February 1873, Page 2
Lyttelton. 21st February.
Thirty-eight imported sheep, ex Cissy, were killed yesterday and burnt, along with their pens, to prevent contagion.

Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 26 February 1873, Page 2
The sheep which arrived in Lyttelton in the ship Cissy were all destroyed in a safe place ashore; their remains burnt, and the ashes thrown into the harbour. The Government arranged to reimburse the Hon. W. Robinson, the owner of the sheep, his actual loss out of pocket. It would seem that there is no doubt that the sheep which were lost on the passage out died of foot and mouth disease.

Waikato Times, 17 March 1874, Page 2
Some short time back, it will be remembered, that the Hon Wm. Robinson imported to the province by the Cissy a number of valuable sheep. Owing, however, to the prevalence at that time in England of the foot and mouth disease, the landing of these animals was prohibited, and they were destroyed by order of the Government. When in Melbourne in September of last year Mr Robinson telegraphed to his agents in England to send out a consignment of Lincoln sheep. There was no limitation as to price and the sheep were selected by one of the best judges in England. The order was executed, and the sheep in question shipped on board the Pleiades and Crusader, every precaution being token to ensure their arriving in Lyttelton in first-class order, the sheep being provided with knee-caps and other means to guard against, as far as possible, any accident occurring to them. The shipment consisted of ninety ewes, various breeders. The whole of the ewes imported are now lambing down in a paddock on the Ferry road, having been in lamb when leaving England. The rams seven in number. Three rams and one ewe died on the voyage out.

New Zealand Tablet, 27 June 1874, Page 6
Some time since, the skeleton of a man was discovered in a piece of scrub on the Riverton road. No clue to its identity could be traced beyond the fact that a man, supposed to be the deceased, had called on a Mrs McKenzie, by whom he had been partially relieved, being in a destitute condition. Seeing that the man was apparently in a weakly state, that lady urged him to return to Invercargill and seek admission to the hospital, but was informed that he was making for Riverton, us he expected to find a lady there whom he had known in former days. When the remains were found, beyond the above facts, nothing could be elicited as to whom the stranger might be. The case, however, was put into the hands of Sergeant Anderson, of the town, who, with the moat commendable astuteness and perseverance, succeeded in unravelling the apparent mystery. On the remains was found a knife of a peculiar character, which on being described to overseer of this office, he at once recognised as the property of a man who had worked on the ' Tablet' some twelve months since. His name wash Mr E.B. Webb, who arrived at Lyttelton as a cabin passenger in, the Cissy, and a compositor by profession. On arrival in Dunedin, he put up at Wain's Hotel for tome time, and teemed not to be short of money. Shortly before leaving Dunedin, he burned a number of letters and portraits, but the wife of a friend, in whose home he was secured one of the unfortunate man which ultimately led to his identity. Mr Webb stated that, previous coming to the Colony, he had been engaged on the 'Mark Lane Express,' London.

A bad life preserver. - A floating debt.