Was he a deserter?
Sailors "jumped ship" in New Zealand
Jumped ship at Port Nicholson in
1841 & in 1840
Desertions by seaman from both
merchantmen and warships in harbour were common,
particularly in the gold rush
era in Australia, (1850s), New Zealand (1862+) and San Francisco.
Desertions were common at the maritime community of Port
Chalmers in the early days. In December 1849 the Rev. Thomas Burns noted George
Ireland and two sailors from the Kelso living with the Carey's and at
various places around the harbour he noted deserters from the John
Wickliffe, Phillip Laing, Victory, Larkins and Ajax. Todd McGregor, aged 22, crewman on Philip Laing deserted.
Robert Montgomery McDowall, an apprentice seaman from the ship Mooltan,
and stayed in Dunedin and became a schoolteacher. He
married Christina Harrison (ex Blundell) in 1854, and died on 5/2/1903. The
ship's second and third stewards, John Johnstone and Peter McGill, were
discharged at Port Chalmers. John McDonald deserted the Peter Denny in September 1865
and headed for the Waipori diggings. Flooded out there he took labouring jobs in
Dunedin before returning to sea. After trying the Grey field he returned to
Dunedin and became master of the tug Koputai.
Constables were paid a reward for bringing back seaman. This
saved the captains having to pay £20-25 a
month to induce a local man to sign on in place of a man whose wages were only
£4 10s a month. Many were caught by
Constable Coffey and returned to their ship. Four men refused to wash the deck
of the big Reliance on a Sunday in September 1859 and had a charge against them
dismissed. Seven seamen deserted from the Rajah in October 1853 received
three months imprisonment with hard labour. The same sentence was given to nine
seamen who deserted who struck when the barque Thetis arrived in
September 1854. She was described as 'a leaky old tub' and 'an old sieve.'
When the Strathallan anchored in 1858, 18 of her crew went on strike and
were prosecuted. Ten returned to the ship, seven were imprisoned and James
Strachan escaped to Waitai. Reference: Port Chalmers and Its People by Ian
Church. Robert Brown, A.B. 28, of Aberdeen was a deserter. He joined the crew of
the schooner Jane Lockhart, 80 tons, in Port Chalmers 7 Feb. 1862 and
sailed for Sydney under command of John L. Clulow
January 23 1858 page 5 Otago Witness
Monday Jan. 18. All the crew of the Strathallan were brought up at the
instance of Mr Grieve, the newly appointed master of the ship, on charge of
being absent from the ship without leave. It would appear that the former
master of the ship, John Todd, had behaved so ill on the voyage out that the
men were determined not to return in the vessel unless he resigned his
command, and engaged not to return in the vessel. This had been conceded by
Todd and hence the appointment of chief mate, Mr Grieve. Mr Macandrew, the
second mate, and nine of the crew agreed to go on board and resume their
duties, and seven who were refractory were sentenced to 10 weeks
imprisonment with hard labour, and were adjudged to forfeit from their waged
the sums as would be incurred in hiring substitutes.
Otago Witness Saturday October 8 1853
Whereas, by virtue of several Acts of Parliament, the aiding the crew of any ship,
barque, or other vessel to desert from their service, and the in any way harbouring or assisting any such crew after they have so deserted, is highly criminal and severely punishable; Notice is hereby given, by Messrs James Macandrew & Co., Merchants, Dunedin, agents for the Barque
"Rajah," at present lying in Otago Harbour, that if any person or persons shall in any way
aid or assist any of the crew of the said vessel who shall desert their said service, every such person will be prosecuted to the utmost rigour of law. And
further, the said James Macandrew & Co. hereby offer a reward of £10 to any person who shall give such information as shall lead to the conviction of any person guilty of any of the above illegal acts.
James Macandrew & Co.
Dunedin, 7th October, 1853
Timaru Herald, 23 July 1864, Page 4
Desertion from the Ship Ivanhoe — Yesterday four seamen belonging to
the ship Ivanhoe were convicted and sentenced to three months 1 imprisonment
with hard labor for this offence; In addition to the above, a sum of £24,
expended m their capture, will be deducted from their wages. These men were
arrested near Timaru. It is stated that they will have to appear on the still
more serious charge of robbery. Some of the missing property taken out of the
immigrants' luggage has been recovered through the vigilance of the police. —
Lyttelton Times, June 19.
Otago Witness Saturday 2nd Sept. 1865 page 14.
249th section of the Merchant Shipping Act declared that entries and certificates of desertion
aboard should be copied, sent home to the Register-General of Seaman in England.
The first division of the 243rd clause of the Merchant Shipping Act gave a magistrate power to order twelve weeks' imprisonment for desertion and
forfeit all or any part of the clothes and effects left on board by any convicted seaman and to forfeit all or any part of the wages or emoluments earned.
Evening Post,30 October 1900, Page 4
Masters of vessels coming to New Zealand ports continue to, complain of the
hardship they are exposed to if they carry among their crews seamen of other
nations than the British, as much, us they have to enter into a Bond with the
Government for £100 without receiving any adequate protection from the Customs
or police authorities. They contend that if such a law is necessary, surely it
is the duty of the- Government to protect shipowners and masters by placing at
their disposal detectives or others who shall be able to check the desertions
which have of late been so numerous. There is a case in point at present in
Lyttelton, where a seaman has deserted from the Macduff. Captain Huelin
at first offered a reward of £10, but has increased the offer to £20 for the
man's apprehension, because the ship will be called upon to pay to the
authorities here £100 should she sail and leave the man on shore.
Deserters from the First
Four Ships to Lyttelton in 1851
Charlotte Jane: There were no desertions at
Lyttelton in 1851, but when the ship arrived at Sydney on the return voyage
to England two of the crew deserted.
Randolph : 12 men deserted at Lyttelton, names unknown.
Lyttelton Times Vol. 1. No.1. Saturday January 11, 1851
Before John Robert Godley, Esq., Resident Magistrate
January 3 - Samuel BISHOP, merchant seaman, was brought up charged with larceny,
in having unlawfully taken the ship's boat, and also with desertion from the
barque "Cressy." The charge with larceny not having been proceeded
with, the prisoner was convicted of the minor offence, and sentenced to a
Cressy 12 Deserters at Lyttelton January 1851
Surname First Age Place of Birth Rank Register Ticket
Barry John 22 Cork OS 303 224
Bishop Samuel 29 Somerset AB 378 471
Bradley Richard 23 St Johns OS 411 236
Brown John 23 Bailings? Boy 503 084
Burns William 29 Denny AB 505 183
Fiezehen Trenham 21 Kent Butcher 452 817
Hare William 20 Poplar Cuddy servant 25 064 d. 13 August 1885 age 53, Anglican, buried at Waimate.
Harrison George 29 Anapolis AB Foreign
Jones James 31 Wales AB 164 302
Sheen David 17 Poplar OS Boy 503 174
Spokes Thomas 31 London Boatswain 12 893
White David 21 Kilkaldy Ord Seaman 411 989
Sir George Seymour 18 Deserters at Lyttelton January 1851
Surname First Age Place of Birth Rank Register Ticket
Allan John 27 Scotland AB 295 295
Broad George 37 Middlesex AB 434 141
Cubitt Richard George 27 Stacton? AB 478 880
Ewings William 28 St Lukes AB 387 385
Foster John 16 London AB 373 084
Green Joseph Thomas L 21 Burton 4th Mate 18 084
Holgraves Robert 36 Liverpool AB 436 377
Johnson Richard 37 London AB 436 377
Jones Thomas 25 Dingle AB 98 147
Loverock Charles George 25 Hull AB 367 575
Lucam(s) William 28 London AB 15 945
Miller John 19 Kent OS 378 378
Neuman Charles James 19 Falmouth OS 345 409
Sparling Philip Ross 17 Halifax Butcher 328 415
Stokes William 23 Hythe AB 23 078
Toms Edward George 23 Plymouth 3rd Mate 478 309
Treggar James 27 Cornwall Bosum 17 499
Otago Witness August 21 1852
The discovery of gold diggings will in all probability put a stop to the
obtaining of crews for whaling voyages, at least for a time; The failure of the
Auckland Islands scheme does not surprise us; One of the chief reasons for
choosing the Aucklands as a station was to prevent the desertion of the crews,
and by compulsion to make them work the time stipulated for in the articles.
This compulsion is all very well to check the vagrant spirit of a few seamen who
would else desert their ships at every port in which a
pretty lass or a glass of grog
offered their seductions to the susceptible Jack. Viewed in this light, the
term of the articles thoughtlessly signed is nothing less than so many years of
slavery. It is a well known fact that a considerable proportion of the
population of New Zealand, especially in the older settlement, consists of
sailors who have either deserted or been discharged from emigrant ships; and
although they might possibly refuse to go on one voyage, they would in all
probability go the next; and as vessels would return to the same port, the loss
from one would supply another, the sailor would return to his home and become a
fixed member of the community.
Otago Witness June 30 1855
Arrived. June 26, the Governor, whaler, 147 tons, Burns, from
Sydney, some five months out. Clean ship, having seen no fish on the coast of
New Zealand. Master, first mate, and greater part of the crew deserted her at
Bluff, New Zealand, second mate bringing her on to this port.
Robert Taylor jumped
ship at Lyttelton. Interestingly enough his wife-to-be, Susan Barwell,
travelled on the same ship, the "Zealandia"
Mr Robert John Taylor decided to go out to the Colonies. He
accordingly went to a shipping office and took ship for New Zealand in the
full-rigged ship “Zealandia” in command of Captain Foster, in August
1859. They reached Lyttelton on November 12th and
he and five others quietly slipped away in the middle of the night
and made for Christchurch. One of the party had been in New Zealand
before. Mr Taylor recalled the climb over the Port Hills, and the descent to
Heathcote, where they cooed for the ferry man, who made much noise and used
very strong language at their getting him out in the small hours of the
morning He could see they were runaways, and commented on it. However, they
got safely over and reached Christchurch at daybreak where there were from
1200 to 1500 inhabitants at that time. They made for Kaiapoi via Papanui.
They had a tarpaulin muster, and found they had 13s between them, so they
went to the “pub” at Papanui and had a “blow-out” which left them on the
rocks. They started off for Kaiapoi, and someone met them and remarked that
they had run away from the ship. “I’ll give you a tip”, he said, and advised
them to stick together and ask for Revell, going to meet him in pairs. The
first two were to go straight away, while he and the others made for the
Orea Bush where they struck a cock’s and were treated well, but found no
place to sleep in and burrowed into a heap of straw and spent the night
there. Next morning they had a good feed and were given some food to take
with them. They got to the bush and met some bushmen, who treated them very
hospitably, and they stayed with them for three weeks. They had only one
blanket between three and slept on the clay floor. After their tucker was
gone they set out for Port Levy, and went to a farm house there. They sent
them a huge jug of milk and some cheese, but to their disgust they found it
was buttermilk. They next made for Pigeon Bay and from the hills they could
see their old boat lying in the harbour. They joined a camp as bushmen, and
Mr Taylor got a mate and started hand sawing. He stayed at the Bays, sawing
for two years. They never had any cash at this time, all business being done
on the barter system and he changed mates several times.
All bushmen were runaway sailors. The last
mate he had was a Norwegian named Jack Christie. He quite unexpectedly went
and took unto himself a wife, bringing her along to their shack, which had
only one room and one bunk. “Things were considerably mixed and most
perplexing” stated Mr Taylor so after about a fortnight of this state of
things, they set to work to build a decent looking hut of two rooms, making
things much more comfortable. This experience, Mr Taylor said, was one of
the most awkward he ever encountered. Later on he left, and went on to
Akaroa and took a Dutchman as mate. He remembered taking an order from
Ebenezer Hay to cut out timber for a church at Lyttelton. Their total cash
in sight for the whole job was L12 each! After receiving this big sum, Mr
Taylor decided to get married and he did so, marrying Miss Barwell at
Christchurch after which he returned to the Bays, but found he could make no
headway, so decided to again return to Christchurch where he got a job on
the road at 3s 6d per day. Some of his old shipmates seeing him on the road
immediately called out their recognition and his overseer, who was a midget
with the voice of a lion, yelled out that no straight-backs were allowed
there. He promptly stuck his pick in the ground and walked of. His wife was
surprised at his return so early and asked him what they were to do. He
replied, “Oh, trust in Providence”.
George Stonehouse 30 April 2007
I am researching the Stonehouse family. My great grandfather William Thomas
Osborne Stonehouse (b. 1837) apparently jumped ship at Lyttelton or Akaroa,
1859? Possibly with Robert John
eventually ended up in Waihi Bush / Geraldine and in 1869 married Mary McKee
(b. 1849 Belfast, Ireland) at St Mary’s Church, Geraldine. Robert and Susan
Taylor were the witnesses. He was in the Geraldine Rifles, owned a section
in Geraldine, possibly worked making tarpaulins (had been a sailmaker), and
belonged to Oddfellows Lodge. I believe that he was born in England. May
have been with the Royal Navy. I would like any information about where he
was born and what ship he came to NZ on, and also any information about Mary
McKee who died at the age of 40, having had seven children.
Otago Witness September 28 1861 page 6
Any delay through the desertion of seamen, must occasion very great losses,
both to charterers and shipowners. It is a mistake to suppose that seamen
desert of their own accord, the exceptions (and rare they are). The seeds of
mistrust are sown on board by the recant runner, glowing accounts of
colonial prosperity are circulated, plum-duff, sea-pie, grog, sweethearts
completely undermine the sailor's respect for his engagements, and a bottle
uncorked at the auspicious moment, turns the scale-beam of his mind in favour of desertion. Secrecy among shipmates sworn, the appointed hour
approached, and away darts the skiff, snakelike, to continue the blackguard
game. ... Alexander Pyle, September 14 1861.
You may never be able to identify which
vessel an immigrant ancestor was aboard but your research can still lead back to
the old country!
Many jumped ship, stowed away or came in their own vessels.
Otago Witness September 14 1861
Desertion of Crews - The crew of the "Pladda" made a most determined
effort to escape from the ship on Monday night. Eighteen of the crew had been
apparently watching an opportunity, and upon the officer of the watch turning
his back, made for one of the boats. The first officer, who was on the poop,
fired a pistol to arouse the captain and assistance. The men, alarmed, cut the
tackle of the boat, but in so doing let the stern down before the boat was free
at the bow, when she capsized, and the whole of the men were precipitated into
the water. Fifteen were rescued and taken on board; three were, however,
missing, but whether they were drowned or not cannot be ascertained. That some
one or all escaped is assumed from the boat of a vessel; lying astern of the
"Pladda" having been cut adrift and left on the beach. The whole of the men
taken have been convicted of desertion, and sentenced to six week' imprisonment
The most serious complaints have been made of the desertion of crews from their
ships. We are informed that the "Arabia" and the "Ocean Chief" are
both lying at the lower port deserted, the crews having got off. In one case, we
are informed, they constructed a raft, on which they managed to reach the shore.
Otago Witness February 8 1862 page 4
Destruction of the "Ocean Chief" by fire at the Bluff Harbour.
Total loss. From the Southern News, Jan. 25.
On Thursday morning a dense smoke was seen to arise from Bluff Harbour. It
continued throughput the day, and a resident observed to a friend, more in
joke than in earnest, "There's a ship on fire at the Bluff" About ten p.m.
M. Thomson (of the firm of Thompson and Crispe, for whom the
had brought so large a cargo of sheep), accompanied by Capt. John Howell
of Jacob's River, arrived in Invercargill with the astonishing intelligence
that the noble vessel had been maliciously set on fire the previous night -
that all efforts to extinguish the flames had been unavailing - and that she
was burnt down to her copper.
That this was the act of an incendiary, or incendiaries - a deep laid
conspiracy-was proved by the manner in which the force and other pumps and
hose had been bored and cut so as to render them useless.
It is supposed that the cause of this wicked act was a desire on the part
of some of the crew to desert; and it is a strange circumstance that the
Ocean Chief should have thus destroyed so soon after the occurrences
of three similar disasters in the harbours of Port Jackson and Hobson's Bay.
Capt. T. Brown wrote a letter to inform Capt. A.J. Elles, Collector of "Her
Majesty's Customs, Invercargill" Mr Thompson, accompanied Capt. Morris and
Mr W.H. Pearson and some additional policemen to the Bluff. Mr Price,
Resident Magistrate proceeded to the Bluff. Only some stores were saved.
The Star Friday 10 August 1877 page 2
Lyttelton before W. Donald, Esq., R.M.
Desertion - Nicohol Joensen and Anthony Helgeson, seaman belonging to the barque
Ocean Chief, were brought up charged by Captain Cook with this
offence, and sentenced to ten days' imprisonment.
Otago Witness 4 February 1882 pg 13
Burning of the barque Manhegan, at Newcastle. William Hewson,
aged 19, a seaman belonging to the barque, was charged with willfully
setting fire to the vessel. George Dunbar stated that previous to arrival
all hands agreed upon deserting, and after arrival at the port they
proceeded to put their scheme into operation, which was to carry their
clothes on board another vessel, the Andrea, piece by piece, and then
clear out. Thomas Knight a cabin boy corroborated the evidence. The whole
crew was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment for desertion.
Otago Witness. March 1st 1862 pg5
On Feb. 21, the body of a man was found at the Heads. It was identified by the
Captain of the "Young American." as one of the missing seaman from his ship who
had attempted to escape at the same time as the man Fleming, who it will be
remembered was drowned on Sunday night, when attempting to swim ashore with a
bundle of corks attached to his back. It was known that the man who accompanied
Fleming had tied his boots to his belt. Inquest. The body of Alfred Harwood,
seaman belonging to the Young America. Alonzo Merchant, second
officer to the Young America. Three men missing shortly after the vessel
anchored at the heads on the 12th inst. Robert Watts said he was a seaman
belonging to the ship Young America. He saw the deceased jump overboard.
Lyttelton Times, 25 April 1863, Page 4
Lyttelton, Thursday, April 23, 1853. (Before Wm. Donald, Esq., R.M., and R.
Latter, Esq., J.P.) A Deserter. Edgar Rouelle, one of the crew of the French
whaling ship Winslow, was charged with desertion from
Akaroa about three months ago. The evidence of Captain Laurent Labaste proved
that the seaman left the ship without his permission. Constable Ramsay
apprehended him on board the American ship Volga. The
Court ordered the prisoner to be given up to Captain Labaste.
Otago Witness Friday January 20 1865 pg14
From the Lyttelton Times of the 12th inst., that on the previous morning, 'the
steamer Mullough was coming out of the Harbor, and when off Godley Heads,
she struck against a tub in which a man was perceived. A rope having been thrown
to him he came on board and turned out to be a runaway sailor from the
Eastern Empire. The vessel in which he attempted his hazardouus voyage is a
common tub, about eighteen inches in depth and four feet in diameter. He was
well provisioned with a bottle of rum and a boot full of ship biscuits. When the
steamer was near the Ferry, the sailor plunged overboard, and gaining the shore,
he was seen to run along the Ferry road in the direction of Christchurch.
Otago Witness May 27th 1865 pg 14
During the stay at Poverty Bay, Brown the deserter, regarding whom so many
stories have been a float, was captured by a party from the H.M.S. Esk.,
Captain Luce. This man has been somewhat represented s aiding and abetting the
rebels, and sometimes as being compelled by them to carry the heads of
Europeans. Brown was taken before General Cameron and charged with having
deserted from the 57th Regiment at Taranaki, between two and three years ago,
having, it is said, broken out of the Stockade. He denied ever having been in
the army at all, and said he came to new Zealand in a whaler called the Mary
Ann, and, after living some time with the Ngapuhi, went down the east Coast,
where he says he has been acting as a "stock -jobber," Five men of the 57th, who
are at present in the Albert Barracks, it is said, are ready to swear to him
being a deserter. Brown will be tried by Court Martial for simple desertion.
Daily Southern Cross, 1 June 1868, Page 3
Informations were laid on Saturday against several seamen, who were absent from
H.M. s. 'Brisk' without leave, and warrants were granted for their speedy
apprehension. At the Police Court, on Saturday, two drunkards were fined 5s. and
10s. respectively. Thomas Swan, a seaman belonging to the barque 'Charlotte An',
pleaded guilty to being absent from his ship without leave, but, the charge
being withdrawn by the captain of the vessel, he was dismissed and sent on board
his ship. An application was made by an officer of H.M.s. 'Brisk' for a warrant
against a man named Francis Falcon, who had persuaded the boatswain's mate to
desert from the said vessel, contrary to the Navy Discipline Act. Detective
Ternahan was entrusted with the warrant, and at once left the Court for the
man's lodgings, but on his arrival there he found the bird had flown.
Otago Witness, 19 October 1872, Page 15
George Thornhill, for alleged desertion from the ship Hydaspes, was
brought up at the Port Chalmers Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday. As there
was some doubt whether he had been allowed liberty or not, he was simply ordered
on board the ship.
Witness Saturday 2nd January 1875
A warrant was issued for the arrest of David Carpenter, the carpenters of the
Auckland (Captain Stevens). The Police, with Sergt. Neil at their head, went
in search of the man, and first proceeded to the barque Record, which had
left the Railway Pier in the morning and was lying in the stream ready for sea.
They found him locked in a cabin from the inside along with his carpenter's
tools and his clothes.
The Star, Wednesday February 9th 1876
Lyttelton, Tuesday Feb. 8
(Before W. Donald, Esq., R.M.)
Desertion - John Larkins was charged with deserting from the ship Conflict.
Constable Daley proved the arrest of prisoner. The Captain did not appear to
prosecute, and the Bench ordered the accused on board his ship.
The Star Tuesday 15 February 1876
Lyttelton - Magisterial
Absent Without Leave - George Peace was charged by Captain Parker of the barque
Hadda with this offence. The accused expressed himself wiling to return
to work, and the Bench ordered him on Board his ship.
The Star Saturday February 19 1876
Lyttelton - Magisterial
Absent Without Leave - Ernest Winter, a seaman belonging to the Prince Alfred,
was charged by Captain Bennett with this offence. and sentenced to three days'
Southland Times, Saturday, 15 April 1876
A disturbance took place at Onehunga, owning to a party of blue jackets
attempting to rescue a deserter from a constable. The party drew knives, and
some one struck the constable across the face with a piece of scantling,
breaking the bridge of his nose, and otherwise injuring him.
The Star Nov. 24 1876 Lyttelton - Absent Without
Frederick C. Lenby, a seaman belonging to the
Annie S. Hall, was bought up on a warrant charged with this offence. The
captain agreed to give defendant his discharge. The case was accordingly allowed
to be withdrawn.
The Star 28 Dec. 1876 Lyttelton - Absent Without Leave -
John Augustus Raymond was charged by Captain Giles, of the s.s. Gazelle,
with absenting himself from the vessel without leave. The Bench fined accused
20s, or in default 96 hours imprisonment for drunkenness.
The Star 28 Dec. 1876 Lyttelton - Desertion -
William Leatherby and William T. Gordon, seaman, were charged by Captain Devitt,
with deserting the ship Waimea. The bench ordered accused on board at the
request of the Captain.
The Star Thursday January 13 1877 pg 2
Absent Without Leave - David Jones, cook and steward on board the barque
Island City, was charged by Captain Williams with this offence. The Bench
sentenced the accused to three days' imprisonment with hard labor.
The Star - January 16 1877 Lyttelton - Magisterial
Absent without leave. - John Smith was charged with this offence, by captain
Scotland of the ship Rangitikei, and sentenced to 7 days imprisonment
with hard labour.
The Star January 23rd 1877 page 2
Edward Pittard was charged with having deserted from the ship Cardigan Castle.
The case was adjourned until tomorrow to allow of Captain Davies being in
Adolph Carlsen was next charges by Captain Levack, with deserting from the
barque Schieballion, and sentenced to eight weeks' imprisonment with hard
The Star January 23rd 1877 page 2
Stowaways - Edward Pittard, and Adolph Carlsen were brought up, charged with
stowing away on board the barque Mary Ann Annison. At the request of
Captain Hughes, the charge was withdrawn, on the understanding that the accused
should go on board their vessel.
The Star 24 January 1877
Desertion - Edward Pittard, belonging to the ship Cardigan Castle, was
charged with the above offence by Captain Davies, and sentenced to eight weeks'
imprisonment with hard labour.
Otago Witness January 26 1878 page 10 column 3
Resident Magistrate's Court, Port Chalmers
Tuesday, 22nd, January.
(Before T.A. Mansford, Esq., R.M.)
George Holms, Thomas Farmer, and John Hocking were charged on the information of Thomas Davis, master of the ship
Dallam Tower, with deserting from that vessel on the 17th instant. The prisoners, who had been arrested at Palmerston on the 20th instant, pleaded guilty, and were each sentenced to 12 weeks' imprisonment with hard labour.
The Star - Christchurch Monday 19 August 1878
Absent without leave - Robert Bailey, a seaman on board the barque Australian
Sovereign, was charged with this offence, and sentenced to 48 hours
imprisonment. with hard labour.
Timaru Herald Tuesday 7 January 1879
Resident's Magistrate's Court
Nicholas Lee was brought up on the information of Robert Soutar - captain of the
barque Elizabeth - charging him with having, on the 2nd November last,
deserted the said vessel. He was further charged on a second information with
refusing to join the vessel. Robert Soutar - I engaged Nicholas Lee on the 15th
August last for six months and he was to sail to any port in the Australian
Colonies. On arriving at Timaru he asked me for his discharge, and he wanted to
leave the vessel. I refused to give him his discharge. He hurt himself. Was
admitted to the hospital. He was suffering from lumbago. Walter Rogers first
mate on the Elizabeth. Case dismissed.
Star, 29 January 1879, Page 2 Lyttelton
Wednesday, Jan. 29. (Before W. Donald, H. R. Webb, and T. H. Potts, Esqs.)
DESERTION.— Wm. I. Leo and John Swift, seamen on board the ship Waikato,
were charged by Captain Worster with this offence. Constable Glacken deposed to
arresting the accused at an early hour this morning; they were carrying a box
between them, and on arresting them Leo admitted that he was deserting from the
ship. Captain Worstcr gave evidence that accused were deserters from the ship,
and the Bench sentenced them to six weeks' hard labour .
Southland Times Wednesday 23 April 1879
By a telegram from Captain McDiarmid of the brig Moa, we learn that the
three seaman belonging to the barque Albatross, for whose apprehension a
reward of £30 had been offered, had stowed
themselves away on board his vessel when leaving the Bluff. Captain McDiarmid
placed the three men in custody at Timaru, whence they will be forwarded to
Timaru Herald, 12 July 1881, Page 2
On Sunday night three of the crew of the barque Portland, now in
harbor, managed to leave the vessel unperceived, and gained the shore without
molestation. The police are now on their track, and the probability is that
their shore trip will end differently to what they had planned.
Timaru Herald, 15 July 1881, Page 3
Edgar Lewis (third officer) was charged with deserting from the barque
Portland, now lying in the harbor. Accused pleaded guilty, and stated that
the reason he had run away from the vessel was that he was ill-treated by
Captain Moir. Captain Moir gave evidence proving the desertion, and stated that
the accused, who was third officer of the vessel, left on Tuesday last. He
wished accused to be sent back to the vessel. In reply to the Bench, accused
said he was willing to go on board again. Inspector Pender stated that he had
reason to believe, from what accused himself had said, that he would not stop on
board if sent there. Captain Moir asked the Bench to take the steps necessary to
compel him to stay, but this, the Bench informed him, they could not do. Accused
was ordered to be sent on board at once, the Bench stating that the police would
be instructed to keep an eye on the vessel and crew.
North Otago Times, 31 October 1882, Page 2
Lyttelton. October 30.
Hoinrich Thioton, a deserter from the Gord Hoyo, at Timaru, was arrested
at Lyttelton to-day, This is the genius who constructed the novel raft to enable
him to escape.
North Otago Times, 27 November 1883, Page 2
Christchurch. November 26.
The body of William Thomas, a seaman of the Firth of Dornoch,
which sailed recently for London, was found floating in the Lyttelton harbor
this morning. He had been reported a deserter. It is supposed that whilst
attempting to board his ship he fell and fractured his skull against the side.
Otago Witness 22 December 1883 pg 15
During the progress of a case of desertion heard at the Resident Magistrate's
Court in Wellington, Captain Harkness, of the barque Fusilier, informed
the Bench that few people in this quarter of the globe were aware of the
difficulty, which masters experienced in getting crews in New York. There was
little trouble in inducing men to place their names on the articles, but his
experience was that it was no easy thing to get them out of the harbour.
Frequently the men were chloroformed and taken out of the ships by people
interested in retaining them in port, and for some days before he left New York
for Wellington he had been obliged to place an armed watch on board in order to
prevent the sailors from being taken away.- Post.
Timaru Herald, 2 April 1885, Page 2
Resident Magistrate's Court, Timaru. — J. H. Sutter, Esq., J.P., and His Worship
the Mayor presided at this Court yesterday. C. Smith and D. Hyden, charged with
unlawfully deserting the barque Deva on the night of March 29th, were,
after the offence had been proved, ordered to be imprisoned till the 4th inst,
to be then put on board their vessel, and to pay all expenses.
Timaru Herald Saturday 19 November 1887 page 2
All hope is now given up concerning the safety of the Liverpool barque
which, it is feared, has foundered at sea with all on board - viz., seventeen
persons, including the captain's wife. The Lizzie Iredale, with a cargo of
coals, left Newcastle on March 4th for San Diego, near San Francisco, and since
that time nothing has been heard of her. All of the seaman, with one exception,
joined the ship in Newcastle (N.S.W.), as the original seaman who sailed in the
Lizzie Iredale from England deserted at Newcastle.
Timaru Herald Tuesday April 2nd 1889 pg2
Several deserters from the Navy were sent to England with the time expired men
of the Australian squadron by the Tongariro. One man's case caused some
sympathy. He left H.M.S. Nelson six years ago in Auckland, and being a
carpenter by trade started business in the Northern district, where he had done
remarkably well. A short time back he married a most respectable young lady, and
within a few hours afterwards was arrested as a deserter, and is now on his way
to England, leaving a young weeping bride behind him.
Timaru Herald Friday 31 May 1889 pg2
Seaman Thompson, who in mistake for seaman Floyd, of the H.M.S. Calliope,
was sentenced to three months' imprisonment for desertion, having proved the
mistake to the satisfaction of the Admiralty, the latter are considering the
question of compensating him.
Timaru Herald Monday 10 July 1899
Magisterial - Timaru before C.A. Wray.
Two vagrants were brought before the Court. One was a lad who was found
penniless and sleeping in the boatshed a few nights ago and remanded. He
explained that he was a German boy who went to sea in a steamer trading from
Hamburg to Philadelphia; that at the latter port he was taken off by a
boardingmaster who promised him better wages; and he came in another vessel to
the colonies; that he came to Timaru from Greymouth in the schooner Sir Henry,
being told he could get a ship Home again. He had to sleep out because he had no
money. Sergeant Fraser stated that Constable Crawford, Labour Bureau Agent, had
found employment at Geraldine for the lad, who preferred not to go to sea, and
this being the case he did not press the charge. His Worship dismisses the case
and urged the boy to behave himself and do his best to earn a living.
Timaru Herald Tuesday 18 July 1899
F. LeCren and C.H. Williams sent to gaol for 14 days the German youth who has
been loafing about Timaru for a week or two. He was discharged from custody on
Saturday week, Constable Crawford having undertaken to find him employment. The
lad was kept at the station and given a change of clothing. On Sunday, the boy
started to wash his clothes, but when he had half done, he left them and bolted.
Witness met with him on Thursday and took him back to the station, and got him
temporary work on the barque Allonby, but he ran away from the ship
leaving his clothes behind him. He had signed articles for the run Home in the
Anna Sofia, but deserted from her. He appeared to be weak in the head. It
was decided to send the lad to gaol for fourteen days to be observed as to his
Timaru Herald Oct. 11 1900 page 2
The two seamen who deserted from the Norwegian barque
Hippales, at Westport, have so far evaded capture. The captain of the barque is bound under the
Immigration Restriction Act to take the men away from New Zealand or forfeit
£100 per man to the Government.
Oct. 12. The barque Hippalos sailed to-day for the
Caroline Islands with a cargo of coal consigned to a German company. The vessel has been delayed a
fortnight pending the search for two deserting sailors. The captain deposited
£200 with the customs, the penalty.
Evening Post,28 March 1911, Page 8
Dargaville, This Day. Two sailors from the Norwegian barque Decima
mysteriously disappeared about a month ago. They were traced to another ship at
Auckland, and under arrest the deserters were brought back to Kaipara last
night. As the Decima is not sailing for Liverpool until tomorrow, the men
are kept under arrest.
Evening Post, 21 March 1912, Page 10 NAVAL
THE CASE OF ERNEST BOYES. DISCHARGE GRANTED. Christchurch:
20th March. Ernest Frank Boyes, who was arrested at Frankton, charged with
desertion from the Navy in 1906, was brought to Lyttelton yesterday and placed
on H.M.S. Pioneer. In view of the circumstances of the case, however, the Naval
authorities have given Boyes his discharge, and he returns to his farm.
Having attained the highest position in the Navy it was possible for him to
attain, that of chief yeoman and signalling instructor on the Pioneer, and
falling in love with our country and with one of our women, Ernest Frank Boyes
decided to forsake the life - of a sailorman and settle down in New Zealand.
This was in December, 1906. He married and settled down in Hamilton under an
assumed name. However, the' authorities on H.M.S. Pioneer, taking into
consideration the fact that he had taken "French leave" of the - warship, and
that he had still a few years service to put in before he was entitled to
discharge, issued a warrant calling upon the Inspector of Police to deliver
Ernest Frank Boyes, a deserter from H.M.S. Pioneer, into the hands of one
Braithwaite. The police could not find Boyes to deliver to Braithwaite the years
rolled on. In the meantime Boyes had established a nice little business in
Hamilton, became the father of children, the owner of some land, and was highly
respected as a reputable member of society. But gradually it got rumoured around
that the name Boyes went under was an assumed one. This finally reached the ears
of the police, and enquiries led to Boyes being arrested and charged with
deserting from the Pioneer in 1906. It was stated in the Auckland Police Court
that Boyes's time expired some two years ago. and that as the wariship had been
recommissioned in the meantime, and the crew discharged, it was quite possible
that the authorities might not want Boyes. The case was adjourned so that the
police could communicate with the authorities, the Pioneer being at Lyttelton.
When the case was called again in the Police Court, before Mr. E. C. Cutton, S.M.,
Mr. Alan Moody, who appeared for Boyes, said no reply had! been recieved from
the authorities, and asked the Magistrate to take the responsibility of granting
bail, on accused promising to report himself to the commander of the Pioneer
directly he should be required; and to report himself daily to the police at
Hamilton. Counsel said he had looked up the English Act under which the warrant
had been issued, and he could find no mention of bail. Mr. Moody also said he
understood that at the Coronation of King George all deserters from the Army and
Navy were granted free pardons, though he could find no evidence as to that to
place before the Court. He thought the cause of the delay in hearing from the
Pioneer was that the matter was being referred to the Commander-in-Chief in
Australia. Mr. Moody said there was nothing in the Naval Discipline- Act against
bail being granted, and ' he contended that bail should be granted under New
Zealand laws. The warrant commanded the Inspector of Police to deliver Boyes
into the safe keeping of one Braithwaite, but as it was not known where
Braithwaite is or even if he exists at all, Boyes might remain in custody for an
indefinite period. Eventually a remand was granted, and now Boyes has obtained
his dibchnrge from the Navy
The Times, Friday, Jul 02, 1937; pg. 4;
Seamen Sent To Prison. Stokehold Crew WHO Delayed Ship
The Port of Caroline was a vessel of 8,263 tons and carried a crew of 76 men, of
whom the defendants belonged to the stoking department. The vessel sailed from
London for Australia and New Zealand. On May 1 when at Timaru, NZ, a notice was
posted that the ship should sail at 4 p.m. but the cargo was not aboard till 6
p.m. The captain (George S. Hall), informed that 12 firemen and trimmers were
absent and at 7 p.m. that five had not come aboard. At 8 o'clock he was told
only two men were absent, and he decided to sail. The ship was unmoored and the
pilot came aboard, but the captain was then told that the firemen and trimmers
refused to take the vessel to sea until the two absent men were aboard. A
deputation of five of the men waited on the captain and repeated their
grievance. The captain failing to persuade the men to work, had to remoor, and
as a result of this another ship was unable to get to the quay and had to go to
another port an send her Timaru cargo overland. At 4 am on May 2 the two missing
men were found on board and at 7 am the vessel was able to go to sea. The
stokehold crew consisted of 21 men, and at several of the ship's ports of call
there had been absentees. For the defence, the leading man of each of the three
watches was called and said that there had been previous shortages of the
stokehold staff, and on this occasion they took a stand for their own safety and
the safety of the ship. The magistrate sentenced each of the defendants to four
weeks' imprisonment. He felt that discipline on board ships must be maintained.
Timaru Herald 20 May 2005
Fewer foreign fishermen jumping ship.
The Department of Labour has put in place measures to halt the increasing trend,
and to find those who have previously jumped ship and are living in the country
illegally. Figures supplied to the Herald showed 22 fishermen have jumped ship
in Timaru during the last seven months. Nationwide, there have been 139 cases
during the last 11 months. Twenty-five of the fishermen have now been caught by
the department. There have been three new cases in Lyttelton, which have all
occurred this month. One of these measures includes hiring private investigators
to search vineyards, an industry known to attract ship jumpers.
Evening Post, 15 April 1911, Page 12
The barque Wendur, which reached London recently from Tacoma, brought the
latest news from Pitcairn Island. A boat with 18 of the natives put off, and
covered nearly 20 miles to intercept the Wendur and learn, the latest
occcurences in the outside world. The Islanders informed the master of the
vessel that the population numbered 150, females-being in-the majority. All
enjoyed remarkably good health, and appeared contented with their lot. The
oldest inhabitant, Mr. Christian, who is 91 years of age, is a grandson of
Fletcher Christian, who was 'leader of the mutineers of the Bounty.
Evening Post, 2 September 1911, Page 5
It was on Pitcairn's Island that, 1790, the mutineers of the Bounty formed their
first settlement. The Bounty was an armed ship. The mutineers put their captain,
Bligh, and nineteen men into an open boat, with, a small supply of provisions,
near Annamooka, one of the Friendly Isles, on 28th April, 1789. These reached
the island of Timor, 6outh of the Moluccas, in June, 1789, after a voyage of
nearly 4000 miles. Some of the mutineers were tried in September, 1792 ; six
were condemned and three executed. Ten of the mutineers made their home on.
Pitcairn's Island, the fact remaining unknown in England until accidentally
discovered in 1814. The men married women from a, neighbouring island. In 1856
they were removed to Norfolk Island, but later many of them returned to
Evening Post, 16 October 1908
THEFT OF A BOILER FROM THE BOUNTY. A DEMONSTRATION.
NORFOLK ISLAND, This Day. John F. Young, a member of the Executive Council, was
acquitted on a charge of being an accessory before the fact to stealing the
copper boiler of the Bounty. Theirs was a demonstration over the result of the
trial, the islanders singing the National Anthem. The Bounty was an English ship
whose crew, after leaving Tahiti, mutinied, in 1789, under the leader Fletcher
Christian. The captain, Bligh, and eighteen of the crew were set adrift in a
small boat, and ultimately reached England. The mutineers, under the lead of
John Adams, settled on Pitcairn Island. They mingled with the natives, and
formed eventually a curiously isolated, bit civilised, community. Norfolk Island
was peopled by them.
Evening Post, 26 September 1898, Page 5
THE PITCAIRN ISLAND MURDERER. He threw his wife over a cliff. A
warship was sent to investigate.
Auckland, 24th September. The name of the man condemned for the
wilful murder of a woman and her child on Pitcairn Island is
Christian. [This does not convey much information, as a considerable
number of the Pitcairn Islanders bear that name, being descendants
of the Lieutenant Christian who led the mutiny of H.M.S. Bounty in
1790. Nine of the mutineers, with several Tahitian men and women,
subsequently took possession of Pitcairn Island. At the end of ten
years, mainly through internal dissension, only one Englishman,
Alexander Smith, who afterwards assumed the name of John Adams,
remained alive, with eight or nine women and several children, and
from them the present inhabitants, who constitute quite a colony,
North Otago Times, 10 February 1879, Page 2
Rear-Admiral de Horsey, Commander-in- Chief of the Pacific station, has
forwarded to the Admiralty an account of his visit in the Shah to Pitcairn
Island on the 8th September. The population, whom he found in a satisfactory
condition, numbered 41 males and 40 females, comprising but one survivor of the
generation which immediately followed the mutineers. That survivor is Elizabeth
Young, aged about 88, daughter of John Mills, gunnels mate of the Bounty, and of
an Otaheitian mother. The oldest man is Thursday October Christain, aged 59,
grandson of Fletcher Christian, master's mate of the vessel. As many as 68 (men,
women, and children) eagerly accepted the invitation of the rear-admiral to
visit the Shah. He proposes that a ship of war should visit Pitcairn annually,
and expresses his conviction that the colony is deserving such attention and
encouragement as Her Majesty's Government should think fit to hold out to it.
Daily Southern Cross, 13 November 1873,
THE ISLANDS OF THE PACIFIC No I.
There is something worth knowing at the bottom of all this, if one could only
get at the truth. Ay ! but truth is so hard 'o get at, as we have a notable
instance in the case of the mutiny of the ' Bounty' — a story so well known to
the world that one would have thought it altogether disposed of. But hero we
have now, more than 80 years after, a new history of that affair, published with
evidence so reliable that we find the leading newspapers of Great Britain
lauding the memory of Fletcher Christian as "an unfortunate, brave, and
honourable man," and lamenting that Captain Bligh "should have ever afterwards
been permitted to hold his Majesty's commission, instead of being held up to
universal contempt." Truly Time is the great avenger, and sets many a man's
memory right before posterity ; but if that is any advantage to the dead man is
not so obvious.
Daily Southern Cross, 22 February 1853, Page 4
Pitcairn Island. (From the Panama Star.)
It will "be in "the recollection of many of our readers, that Captain Folger, of
the American barque Topaz, of Boston gave, information in the year 1809, to the
British Admiralty, that in the preceding year he had landed on Pitcairn Island,
in latitude 25 deg. 4 sec. south, and longitude 130 deg. 8 sec. west, and found
there an Englishman named Alexander Smith, the only person remaining of nine of
the mutineers who escaped in the Bounty, Capt. W. Blight, R.N. The mutineers
first proceeded to Otaheite, where they provided themselves with wives and six
Otaheitean men as servants, three of whom were allowed to take their wives, and
arrived at Pitcairn Island in 1790, where they destroyed the ship. Lieutenant
Christian, the leader of the mutiny, destroyed himself, or was killed shortly
after his arrival. Some four years afterwards the Otaheiteans secretly revolted,
and killed all the Englishmen, with the exception of Alexander Smith, who
secreted himself, although dangerously wounded with a musket ball in the neck.
The widows of the deceased Englishmen combined together and killed the whole of
the Otaheiteans leaving Smith, the only man alive on the island, with eight or
nine women and several small children. Upon Captain Folger's visit in 1808, the
population amounted to about thirty-five, children of the mutineers, who
acknowledged Smith as father and commander of them all. They spoke English, and
were educated by him in a religious and moral way. Alexander Smith's real name
was John Adams, by which "he became known to the world, on account of the
admirable manner in which brought up this interesting young colony,
entrusted to his care. The island has constantly visited by English and
other men-of-war, and by whalers but happily no Colonial Office has interfered
to interrupt the harmony which prevails in this community. H.M.S. Portland
lately visited the island, and Admiral Moresby' took so much interest in the
welfare of the islanders, that he undertook, at his own expense, to send the
Pastor, Mr. Nobbs, to "England, to receive ordination from the Bishop of London.
Mr. Nobbs was one of the passengers from Valparaiso, in the Cortes; and it is
highly creditable to the captain and owners of that fine steamer, that upon the
offer of payment of passage money by the Pastor, it was refused, on the plea
that he had conferred so many services on the American whalers, which had
visited Pitcairn Island that they were happy to be serviceable to so humane and
excellent a man. In the year 1850, five gentlemen were left on the Island, in
consequence of the vessel from which they landed having been blown off the
island during the night. From a work published last year by Mr. Walter Brodie,
one of the detenus, we learn that the island is flourishing. The inhabitants
amount to about 150, all born on the island, with the exception of Mr. Nobbs,
Messrs. Buffet and Evans, who have been allowed to remain upon the island for
upwards of 28 years. Mr. Nobbs married Sarah Christian, grand-daughter of
Fletcher Christian, acting Lieutenant of the Bounty, by whom he has eight sons
and two daughters.
In 1831, the Islanders were conveyed by the British
Government to Tahiti, as it was feared that the island would not furnish
sufficient food for- the increasing population. There they weresoon visited by
sickness, and having lost, twelve of their number, they made up their mind to
return, and it is remarkable that with the copper bolts of the Bounty, which had
been brought to Tahiti from Pitcairn Island, by the islanders, they were enabled
to charter a vessel to take them back. , Mr. Brodie gives a very favourable
account of George Nobbs, their present teacher and lay minister, whose
arrival in 1828 he considers to have been one of the providential occurrences in
the history of Pitcairn Island. .. This gentleman is desirous, to obtain a
larger island from the British Government, as it becomes evident that emigration
will soon become necessary. The chief food of the islanders is vegetable, as
they cannot afford to keep cattle, as they consume more than they produce.
Norfolk Island has been mentioned as a suitable place, and as it is no longer to
be used as a penal settlement, it could not be better employed. Pitcairn Island
is peculiarly interesting at this moment, as it is about half-way between Panama
and Australia, and when the steamers begin to run, they will have to, touch
there for water and vegetables, and at the Gambier Islands, about 300 miles
from. Pitcairn. Mr. Nobbs assuring us that there are not 20 dollars in the whole
island. Their code of laws, although simple, is effective, and might be adopted
in many countries with- greater pretensions to civilization. .We regret to learn
that the country is not favourable to longevity, as no native has ever passed,
the age of fifty years, although the women generally outlive the men.
Evening Post, 8 December 1902, Page 5
MUTINY ON THE HIGH SEAS. THE MATE OF A SHIP KILLED. LONDON, 6th December.
Captain Peattie, of the Liverpool ship Leicester Castle, has reported at
Queenstown that three American seamen whom he engaged at San Francisco mutinied
when the vessel was three hundred miles northward of Pitcairn Island. They shot
the captain in the breast and arm, and killed the second mate. The three
desperadoes disappeared from the ship during the night on a frail raft.
Doubtelss they were drowned.
NZPA Friday 16, December 2005
Calls for the Government to take a tougher stance on ship-jumping. The
Department of Labour says it is confident the six Vietnamese ship-jumpers caught
in Nelson this week did not leave their vessels because of the standards aboard.
The men deserted their ships at Lyttelton and Nelson ports more than a year ago,
but were found on Tuesday night at three homes in Nelson. They are being held in
custody in the Nelson police cells, but are expected to be sent home to Vietnam
in the next few days. Department of Labour group manager for border security
said it was the responsibility of the shipping agents to return the men to
Vietnam and cover the costs. The department will not say what ships the men
deserted. Figures supplied to the Nelson Mail show that between July 1
last year and June 30 this year 152 foreign crew members deserted their ships
while berthed at New Zealand ports. Maritime Union general secretary said that
given the high number of foreign crew jumping ship in New Zealand it was time
the Government took a tougher stand. If New Zealand companies were going to
continue bringing foreign ships and crew to fish New Zealand quota in joint
ventures, ship-jumping was going to continue unless the government took some
action. Some crew from poorer countries jumped ship after "looking over the
side" and seeing what New Zealand offered. Before foreign crew were allowed to
come to New Zealand there should be assurances given that they would not jump
ship and that there were good conditions on board the boats to stop them wanting
to leave. If those conditions were not met and crew jumped ship, the vessels
should not be allowed to return to New Zealand. The union has said some foreign
crew working in New Zealand waters are subject to exploitation, low pay and
The seaman would vacate
the port area where he "jumped" and disappear into the hills often assuming a
different name, but many didn't change their name.
Just because he was
Norwegian doesn't mean he was on a Norwegian ship.
The Timaru Herald Saturday 30th June 1866.
The Norwegian ship Lindsay, Captain C.B. Berg, from Tonsberg, Norway,
arrived in Lyttelton harbour on Monday at three a.m. She left Tonsberg on the
19th February. Left Ryde, Isle of Wright, on the 3rd March, crossed the equator
on the 28 March. All well on board. She brings a large cargo of Norway pine
In a notice dated 11 October 1858 James Doig, seaman,
deserted ship in New Zealand with James Benny. He was described as 5ft 7in
high, brown hair, and gray or hazel eyes. A reward of £1 was posted for
their apprehension. It is presumed he left London after he got Helen Dackers
with child and then did not like the sea life.
There is no record of James in New Zealand after 1863 so he probably left
the country. James was born in 1836 in London, ENG to Andrew Doig and May
Anderson. James was in the Royal Navy on the ship Maggie. When
Charles G. Tripp took the Orari Gorge Station, near Geraldine, South
Canterbury, NZ, over from a Mr. Smith in 1863,
the first shepherds were the brothers Andrew and William Grant and Andrew
Young. The shepherds before the above mentioned were three runaway sailors -
Thomas Crofton, his mate James Doig, and Hughie the Welshman. On the
neighbouring station, Peel Forest, a partner, George James Dennistoun had
been a midshipman in the Royal Navy.
Alexander BEAIN b.c1851 s/o Alexander and Eliza Beain (nee GING) from
Guernsey, Channel Islands, jumped ship in New Zealand about1869. He was a
ship's engineer and settled in Napier.
Bill Smith's great
grandfather, who was a sailor and deserted the ship
Lyttelton and later married his great grandmother, an assisted emigrant on
The Lyttelton Times 9 December 1878 Page 4
On New Years Day, 1879, William Bowman became the second, of what would grow
to become five sailors, to be absent without leave from the Opawa.
The first to desert the ship was Joseph Smith who was absent on 16 December
1878, only ten days after the ship's arrival. The third and fourth
deserters, Alfred Johnson and John Christian (from Finland and Norway
respectively), deserted on the 4th of January 1879. The fifth and final
sailor taking his leave E.R. Stock deserted on 17 January 1879. As well as
these deserters left in the port of Lyttelton there were ten others who left
with "mutual consent". These included the ships surgeon Dr R Bowen Hogg.
An entry in the Agreement and Account of Crew shows William’s desertion
and his subsequential loss of pay.
Olaus Pauli Wiberg was b. 1853/54 in Trondheim, Norway. Deserted from one of the
Whalers that piled the New Zealand coast about 1880/1881. Occupation was
sailmaker. Settled in
Christchurch. Naturalised 13 Nov. 1890 in Christchurch and was a railway
worker. He named the children Bloomfield Olaus Pauli, Jorgen, Olena, Sydney,
Mary, and Isabell Bgata Wiberg. If you have any information regarding this
family please contact Olwyn.
grandfather, Albert Comfort, b June 1, 1888, was a merchant seaman who
"jumped ship" in Lyttelton and eventually sent for his parents and four of
his siblings who came out to NZ on Ionic
Henry Fisk b. c.1843 Dallinghoo, Suffolk. Parents: Isaac =
Anna [Hannah] Weyman, Woodbridge St. Mary, Suffolk in 1851; Henry went to
sea in 1855, jumped ship at Otago, New Zealand in 1862, married Mary Mercer
McWilliam 1867, Blenheim and had 6 sons & 2 daughters. Died in Wellington in
New Zealand was seen as the
land of opportunity by these men. Many entered a variety of occupations,
married, raised families and did very well for themselves.
The deserters and absentees from His Majesty's
Service late 1907 and 1908
Source: 'New Zealand Police Gazette' for 1908 from
Archives NZ, Wellington.
Name Vessel Port
George Robert GREEN Challenger Auckland
Aubrey Harold SMITH Challenger Auckland
Malcolm McGregor, Wm Qusha Joynes Challenger Wellington
and Wm Arthur Lake Challenger Wellington
John ORTON & Albert FLAXMAN Challenger Wellington
Robert HOLLAND Encounter Auckland
Thomas RAVENSCROFT Encounter Wellington
William THOMPSON and Stephen ATKINS Encounter Wellington
William Henry MARTIN Encounter Timaru
George E CRASKE Pegasus Wellington
George ANDERSON, Albert STYANTS and Dennis LONG Pegasus Lyttelton
John SMITH Pegasus Lyttelton
Charles BANNISTER and Charles CLEMENTS Pegasus Port Chalmers
James S GIBBON Pegasus
Aubrey Harold SMITH Pioneer Nelson
Henry G J JONES & William T MILLIAR Pioneer Lyttelton
Frank Albert John SMITH and William T MILLAR Pioneer Lyttelton
George H Tobin, Wm Barham, Edward H Forman Pioneer Lyttelton
and Percy G Lester and Patrick J Quinn Pioneer Lyttelton
Daniel LIVINGSTONE Pioneer Lyttelton
William D MURPHY and Thomas Albert BIRCHFIELD Pioneer Lyttelton
George W BATES and Sydney B R STRINGFELLOW Pioneer Timaru
Frank A BARTON Pioneer Port Chalmers
Wm F Connell, Albert H French & David Dillon Powerful Wellington
Stephen TILLER, John THORNTON and Joseph EDGE Powerful Wellington
Fred MOORE Powerful Wellington
William MARKS and Samuel DUNBAR Powerful Lyttelton
Charles E BIDDLE and John R MARQUIS Prometheus Lyttelton
George William HINE Prometheus Lyttelton
Frederick BRUSH Pyramus Wellington
Francis Charles Laird and Aubery Harold Smith were being sought for breaking out of the HMS Challenger
The Master of the ship would inform his local shipping agent, the latter
would inform the police. The Master or agent would inform the head office of
the Shipping Company if British registered.
A 2nd class cruiser HMS Challenger, 5600 tons was
stationed in Australia and South Pacific 1905-1910.
On her world scientific cruise, 1873-76,
2306 tons, Captain G.S. Nares, with a total complement of 243, had 61
ratings desert, mainly in Australia and New Zealand. March 1, 1874 she
shaped a course for Melbourne. Many of the crew deserted to stay on in
Victoria. Those Challenger men who had not yet been out to this far-flung
corner of empire had heard stories of the legendary Australian hospitality
and they were not disappointed. The tedium of dredging and sounding very
likely accounted for the high attrition of ship's personnel by desertion and
distressed by confinement in a ship that was only 200 feet long and 40 feet
wide and it is not surprising almost two dozen men had gone missing in
Australia, tempted by the extraordinary beauty of the land,
opportunities for settlement, and their distaste for another two years of
cramped confinement in the ship. Five seamen had deserted in Halifax, lured
by the promise of instant wealth in the great territories of the United
States, while another had been discharged and yet another hospitalized.
Certainly their brief stopover in Halifax had hemorrhaged their manpower.
Perhaps Nares thought that if they did touch home soil again, he would lose
most of his crew.
The Challenger spent a month in Australia, and another five
weeks at Sydney, before crossing the Tasman Sea for Wellington.
entered the great sea lake known as Port
Nicholson. They made anchor among the other ships at the Queen’s Wharf in
stayed less than a week in New Zealand and forewent the planned trip to
Auckland. “At Wellington we found the governor staying, so instead of
remaining only a couple of days, and then going on to Auckland, we stayed
the whole prescribed New Zealand time there, where there was nothing to be
seen and less to be done. . . .” The weather was wet and windy and nobody
was sorry when they set sail again, on July 7th, for Fiji and the Friendly
Isles. Before they left New Zealand, though, Campbell noted one peculiarity
of New Zealand house construction. “Earthquakes necessitate building of
houses out of wood, slight
shocks frightening Wellington occasionally; one
in particular 26 years ago partially shook the town down, thereby causing
New Zealand Seafarers Records
The majority of the primary records of New Zealand seafarers
including the Customs Dept. and Marine Dept. records were lost due to a major fire in 1952.
The Marine Dept. in major New Zealand ports and the Customs Dept. on their behalf in the
smaller ports, kept registers of seafarers signing on as crew and discharges.
Archives NZ, in Wellington does hold Marine Dept. archives of inquiries into maritime incidents such as
collisions, and crew and vessel names can be found in these. They also have manual indexes
of ships' deserters in New Zealand, extracted from the NZ Police Gazette. The
Christchurch office of Archives NZ does have Customs Records which are
"highly readable" relating to Lyttelton from the end of the 1840s to the
1870s. In a few cases there is reference to sailors who jumped ship. Port company
records and Seamans' Union records are secondary sources to check.
The New Zealand Police Gazette
In 2009 the Police Museum but they advised they no longer held
copies. The New Zealand Police Gazette (are an official police publication
of notings and prisoners) is not indexed sufficiently to make a search an
easy task. The gazette has an information embargo of 70 years or 100 years to ensure
confidentiality and privacy are maintained. The "clean slate" legislation
came in last November 2004. Gazettes older than this, including provincial
gazettes such as the Otago and Canterbury provincial police gazettes, are
able to be accessed through Archives New Zealand. Information held at the
New Zealand Police Museum in
Porirua is duplicated at Archives New Zealand in Wellington and the
Police Museum directs researchers to Archives NZ as they are not resourced
sufficiently to cope with requests. Police Gazettes: In annual bound volumes
with index, at all four Archives (AK/WN/CH/DN).
The University of Waikato Library
The New Zealand Police Gazette. Periodical Publisher: Wellington :
Notes: 1896, 1901-1908, 1909-1910,1915. EMBARGOED FOR 100 YEARS
The Christchurch Cities Libraries has a complete set of the Canterbury
Police Gazette 1871 -77. The Canterbury Police Gazette was published
from 1863 until 1876. They contain inquests, lists of stolen items, warrants
of arrest with descriptions of the criminals, lists of apprehensions and
discharges and trial results. The Police Gazettes for the Canterbury
district 1869-1871 is
May 1 1869 Canterbury Police Gazette : W.H. Sullivan and Edward
Fitzgerald - Offence: Deserting from the ship E. Adams.
Arrested by Constable Judge, Akaroa. Sent on board.
July 1 1870 Canterbury Police Gazette: J.W.D.G. Yon and John
Rottenburg, charged with deserting ship "Ce-es" Arrested by
Detective Feast. Sent on board.
November 1 1870 Canterbury Police Gazette
Deserted from the ship Monarch, on the 2nd, 4th, and 9th
October, 1870, whilst lying at Port Lyttelton, the persons described below.
Philip Andrews: a Scotchman, 22 years of age, dark complexion, 5ft. 7 in,
high, dark hair and whiskers.
Henry Swanson; an Irishman, 22 years of age, 5ft 8in high, slight build,
effeminate voice, tuft of beard on chin.
John Collins: 24 years of age, Englishman, short, stout build, round
shoulders, fresh complexion, full face; brown hair and whiskers, and
Daniel Sayle; 30 years of age 5ft 7in. high, very dark complexion, spotted
on face, tuft of beard on chin, moustache, a native of the Isle of Mann.
____ McKenzie, a Scotchman, about 5ft 6in, high, dark complexion, slight
whiskers and moustache, dark hair.
__ Fulton, aged 24, 5ft 6in, slight build, thin face, an Irishman, wears a
cap with broad top.
Henry Rennie: aged 29, tall, thin build, dark complexion, tattooed on both
arms and rings on the middle of the right hand, bullet scar above right
ankle on left leg, beard and moustache close.
William Freeman: aged 22, looks very young, little hair on face, walks with
a slight stoop.
Robert Lundy, aged 24, a big man, with red moustache, and a tuft of beard on
chin, an Irishman, walks very slovenly in a stooping rolling gait.
Walter Martin: aged 23, medium height, walks with a stoop, swings his arms
in a peculiar manner, wore moustache and tuft.
John Condin: aged 30, an Irishman, moustache and beard cut short, light grey
Edmund Fagg; aged 34, 5ft 6 in, high red hair worn long, moustache, and tuft
of beard on chin, hooked nose, a peculiar expression about the eyes, a
Fulton returned, and Freeman has been arrested; the rest are still at large.
1 April 1871 Canterbury Police Gazette
Description of prisoner discharged from Her Majesty's Gaol
George Kidd, England, Desertion from ship "Glenmark", sentence
2 months, age 22, 5ft 9", stout, fresh complexion, dark brown hair, blue
eyes, scar on left shin. seaman.
1 December 1871 Canterbury Police Gazette
Peter Mark and Edwin Killburwhite charged with deserting the brig
Shalldy. Arrested by Constable Davidson. Sentenced to 4 weeks
1 December 1871 Canterbury Police Gazette
Robert Hihhirs charged with deserting from the ship Merope.
Arrested by Constable Wilson. Committed to one month's imprisonment, and
sent on board.
Otago Police Gazette November 2nd 1868
On the 14th ulto., as the British ship “Caller Ou” was making for
Otago Heads, outward bound, one of the seamen, named Frederick Hill, who was
engaged with others taking in sail, fell overboard, and although a life bouy
and grating were thrown to him, and a boat at once lowered, he sank before
the boat could reach him. Deceased was a native of London, where he joined
the “Caller Ou.”
Otago Police Gazette December 4th 1868
Thomas Robertson & John McCracken were both charged at Port Chalmers, Otago,
with deserting from the ship “William Davie” They were apprehended by
the water police and the court ordered them to be placed back aboard the
Otago Police Gazette December 4th 1868
Charles Norman was charged at Port Chalmers with assaulting the Chief
Officer of the barque Summer Cloud. He was sentenced to 4 weeks hard
labour. Arrested by Constable Samuel Hughes 308 Port Chalmers Water Police.
Otago Police Gazette February 1st 1869 & 4 Dec 1868
John Ross, a seaman was charged with desertion from the “Schleswig Bride”
and sentenced in the Dunedin court on November 5th 1868, to 12 weeks hard
labour. Arrested by Constable John Bevin 430 Dunedin Police.
to 1876: searches electoral rolls and street directories for Otago and
Southland. Names from the Otago Police Gazette are currently being added, they
are up to
1865 as of Jan. 2005. Event: Criminal offender; desertion
BAXTER William 27-30 Merchant ship Brechin Castle Port Chalmers 01/26/1864 Able seaman A native of Scotland
GOURLAY Robert age 19 Merchant ship Brechin Castle Port Chalmers 01/26/1864 A native of Scotland
McLOUGHLIN Alexander 20 Merchant ship Brechin Castle Port Chalmers 01/26/1864 Able seaman A native of Scotland
BOYD James ship Caribou Port Chalmers Arrested by Constable Patrick Kinsella Dunedin Police; sentenced to 12 weeks with hard labour
GARDINER Andrew ship Caribou Port Chalmers 09/01/1865 Arrested by Constable Patrick Kinsella Dunedin Police; sentenced to 12 weeks with hard labour
KERR Alexander ship Caribou Port Chalmers 09/01/1865 Arrested by Constable Patrick Kinsella Dunedin Police; sentenced to 12 weeks with hard labour
RODGER John ship Caribou Port Chalmers 09/01/1865 Arrested by Constable Patrick Kinsella Dunedin Police; sentenced to 12 weeks with hard labour
JENKINS John 27 HM brig Ellen Port Chalmers 9/03/1862 A Welshman, a steward
BINES A 42 Queen of India Port Chalmers 07/30/1865 Native of Madeira
McCORMACK George 22 Queen of India Port Chalmers 07/30/1865 A Scotchman
McGLASHAN William 20 Queen of India Port Chalmers 07/30/1865 A Scotchman
MURDOCH Peter 19 ship Atholl 2nd mate Port Chalmers 11/30/1861 supposed gone to the Tuapeka diggings
ROBINSON David 35 ship Winged Arrow Port Chalmers 11/12/1861 deserted along with four other seamen; warrant issued for arrest
BROWN John 27. McGOWAN, William 27. POWELL, Andrew 25. WELCH, John 21.
GIBSON - 35 or 36Merchant vessel Bombay Port Chalmers 12/31/1863 Steward A Scotchman
McNABB - 20 Merchant vessel Bombay Port Chalmers 12/31/1863 Able seaman
SMITH - 26 Merchant vessel Bombay Port Chalmers 12/31/1863 Cook A Scotchman
SKINNER William c. 30 Merchant vessel General Wyndham Port Chalmers 12/24/1863 ship's carpenter
VEALS Charles 25 HM ship Pelorus at Auckland 09/07/1861 A Englishman; seen about two months since at Dunedin; £3 reward offered by the Govt.
WELBY Harry 18 Merchant ship Chariot of Fame at Dunedin 01/01/1862 missing, supposed gone to diggings
WESTON Franklin 22 British ship Mystery Port Chalmers 03/24/1864 3rd mate £5 reward offered by the Captain
Names not known X3 British ship Mystery Port Chalmers 05/19/1864 ages 19, 20 and 21
- George 22-23 British ship Ulcoats Port Chalmers 04/09/1864 steward Supposed will make for Dunedin
DUTHIE George 19 British ship Resolute Port Chalmers 03/19/1864 apprentice Scotch accent; supposed to be in Dunedin
EVANS Richard 25 British ship Resolute Port Chalmers 03/19/1864 Supposed gone to Blueskin
HUSSEY William British ship Resolute Port Chalmers 03/19/1864 A.B. An Englishman
McAULEY William British ship Resolute Port Chalmers 03/19/1864 A.B. A Scotchman
McKECHNEY John British ship Resolute Port Chalmers 03/19/1864 A.B. A Scotchman
SMITH Charles British ship Resolute Port Chalmers 03/19/1864 A.B. A German
WALKER James British ship Resolute Port Chalmers 03/19/1864 A.B. An Englishman
WILLIAMS James British ship Resolute Port Chalmers 03/19/1864 A.B. A Liverpool man
WILSON Andrew British ship Resolute Port Chalmers 03/19/1864 A.B. A foreigner
CUNNINGHAM James British barque Vectis Port Chalmers 05/02/1864 Has the appearance of a Frenchman
DAVY Little Davy British barque Vectis Port Chalmers 05/02/1864 A Scotchman
GALAGHAR John British barque Vectis Port Chalmers 05/02/1864 An Irishman
KEANE George British barque Vectis Port Chalmers 05/02/1864 An Irishman
M'DONALD Donald British barque Vectis Port Chalmers 05/02/1864
McKINNON Hector British barque Vectis Port Chalmers 05/02/1864 A Highlandman
McPHAIS Donald British barque Vectis Port Chalmers 05/02/1864
PEET George British barque Vectis Port Chalmers 05/02/1864 A native of Aberdeen
REES James British barque Vectis Port Chalmers 05/02/1864
MANUEL Joseph British ship Mary Frances Port Chalmers 06/05/1864 A seaman Portuguese; £3 reward offered for apprehension
ROBINSON John British ship Mary Frances Port Chalmers 06/05/1864 A seaman A Swede; £3 reward offered for apprehension
SAMMERS - British ship Mary Frances Port Chalmers 06/05/1864 A seaman A Swede; £3 reward offered for apprehension
ANDERSON James 30 British brig Ismyr Dunedin Bay 03/03/1864 A.B. A Scotchman
SMITH Owen 25 British brig Ismyr Dunedin Bay 03/03/1864 An Irishman cook and steward
HENDERSON - 28 British barque Gazelle Dunedin Bay 03/13/1864 A.B.
NIGHTINGALE George 16 British barque Gazelle Dunedin Bay 03/13/1864 boy
SPROTT - 24 British barque Gazelle Dunedin Bay 03/13/1864 A.B.
JEFFERY Robert Percy ship Warrior Queen Port Chalmers before 1 Mar 1866
Arrested by Constable Samuel Hughes 305 Port Chalmers Water Police; sentenced to 12 weeks' hard labour
BOYD William R ship Strathspey Dunedin before 1 May 1866
Arrested by Constable Patrick Bergin 494 Dunedin Police; sentenced to 1 month's hard labor
CORNELIUS Charles D ship Bengal Port Chalmers before 1 Oct 1866
Arrested by Constable Michael Sullivan 302, Water Police; sentenced to 12 weeks' hard labor
DAY Edward ship Bengal before 1 Oct 1866
Arrested by Constable Michael Sullivan 302, Port Chalmers Water Police; sentenced to 12 weeks' hard labor
MAIL Theophilus ship Bengal before 1 Oct 1866
Arrested by Constable Michael Sullivan 302, Port Chalmers Water Police; sentenced to 12 weeks' hard labor
McDOWELL Edward ship Josephine before 1 Apr 1867
Arrested by Constable Samuel Hughes 308 Port Chalmers Water Police; 12 weeks' labor
McNEILL Adam ship Countess Russell before 1 Apr 1867 absent without leave
Arrested by Constable Michael Sullivan 302 Port Chalmers Water Police; 4 weeks' labor
STANLEY Michael ship Countess Russell arrested absent without leave
WILSON William ship Warrior Queen before 1 May 1867 absent without leave Arrested
CAMPBELL Donald ship Caribou before 6 Aug 1868
Arrested by Constable Michael Sullivan 302 Port Chalmers Water Police; 3 months' labor
COOPER William ship Caribou before 6 Aug 1868 arrested
22 Jun 1863 Otago Police Gazette pg 63 : Reward offered £3 for
apprehension within three months; £2 within six months, £1 within twelve months;
after twelve months nothing twelve months; after twelve months nothing.
BACON Charles - HMS "Harrier" 24y 6m rating, A.B. Criminal offender; desertion 6
Apr 1863 .
Born Waterford, Ireland; former ships "St Jean D'Acre" and "Harrier."
BROWN, George 24y 6m rating, A.B. Criminal offender; desertion 6 Apr 1863
Born Great Brookhampton, Hertford; former ships "Trusty", "Acorn" and "Harrier."
HOWARD, Henry - HMS "Harrier" 23, rating, ordinary Criminal offender;
desertion 6 Apr 1863
Born Maidstone, Kent; former ships "Iris" and "Fawn."
OTTEWELL, Edward, 19, rating, boy, Criminal offender; desertion 6 Apr 1863
Born Ripley, Derbyshire; former ships "Majestic" and "Harrier."
The following extract from the Shipping Gazette and Sydney General Trade
List for 7 Feb 1852: "Mr Beit questioned Mr Inspector Powell at some length
as to the authority by which the Water Police Magistrates gave permission to
seamen to employ themselves, without the sanctions of the masters of the
ships from which they had deserted." So - find work - keep out of trouble -
and make yourself scare if your old ship comes into port - and
eventually you merge in with the local population . .Wages were higher in
Australia than the UK, especially at times when "gold fever" was running
high and crews were hard to come by. In the mid 1840s which suggested that
some 1400 seamen had arrived in the port, whereas only about 1100 were
registered as departing from the same port during the same period which
suggests that this wasn't an unusual way of travelling to Australia.
Sexton, Rae The Deserters: Military and Naval Deserters
as Settlers in Australia and New Zealand 1800 - 1865. Magill, S.A.:
Australasian Maritime Historical Society, 1984. 1998
Third edition (Revised, typeset) Contains the name, age, description, dates and
places of enlistment and desertion, and place of birth of each deserter. Also
includes the names of ships in Sydney Harbour, 1850-1860. The 1143 names and
descriptions listed do not include those advertised as being re- captured. This
list was prepared from government gazettes from all Colonies of Australia and
the Provinces of New Zealand and from advertisements in the early Sydney
Ship's Deserters 1852-1900; Including Stragglers, Strays &
Absentees from HM Ships 1986 544pp Library of Australia 17 Mitchell St, Sydney, NSW.
Indexed 10,000 desertions and absences by seamen throughout the Australian colonies - from
NSW Government Gazette and NSW Police Gazette, which took over the role of reporting
desertions in 1862. Gives a brief biographical profile of the men. From June
1864 desertions from the New Zealand began to feature in the notices. Only
about 400 where ever captured. Peak period for desertions were the 1880s. Includes a ships index.
Many where from H.M. Ships. e.g.
ANDERSON, Frederick J. HMS Curacoa
17.6.1891 at Lyttelton: AB, a native of Plymouth, 19yrs, 5’ 3½", fair
hair, brown eyes, fair complexion, scar on forehead.
HMS Curacoa 17.6.1891 at Lyttelton: Stoker,
12th instant, a native of Devon, 25yrs, 5’ 5½", brown hair, grey eyes,
BISHOP, Wm. G. J. HMS Tauranga
31/4/1900 at Wellington, Private, R.M.L.I. (Royal Marine), b. England,
about 23yrs, 5’ 5 6/10", brown hair, dark grey eyes, fresh complexion.
British ensign, "FAITH, HOPE, and CHARITY", right forearm; cross, heart,
"W.R.L.", right forearm.
BLANCKENSEE Barnett HMS Blanche
1.6.1874 at Auckland. Gun room servant, born on the 12th August, 1852,
at Birmingham, 5’, red hair, grey eyes, freckled; looks like a German
Jew. £3 reward.
BOND, Philip HMS Mildura pre 3.1.1900 at Auckland, Stoker, b.
Liverpool, England, about 22yrs, 5’ 4", dark brown hair, grey eyes, fair
complexion. Anchor on left hand, bracelet left wrist, cross flags and
anchor left forearm, anchor and "GB" right forearm.
BOWDEN, Wm. R.
HMS Lizard 16.10.1893 at Auckland. AB, born at St.
Cleer, Cornwall, 20yrs, 5’ 1 3/4", brown hair, blue eyes, fresh comp. £5
BRANNIGAN, William HMS Royalist 7.1.1899 at Auckland. AB, born at
Staleybridge, Lancaster, 24yrs, 5’4", dark-brown hair, brown eyes, fresh
complexion, bracelet tattooed on left wrist and tattoo mark on left
BROOKS, Robert HMS Tauranga 14/4/1898 at Auckland. Private, Royal
Marines, born in Walworth, London, about 23yrs, 5’ 8 6/10", brown hair,
grey eyes, fresh complex-ion, scar on both eyebrows, tattooed on left
forearm. £3 reward.
BROWN, Henry HMS Mohawk pre 2.5.1900 at Wellington, Ord., b. in
England, about 21yrs, 5’ 9", brown hair, brown eyes, dark complexion.
BURGESS, William Henry George HMS
Royalist at Auckland 10 or 14.1.1899 Ordinary seaman, b. Gateshead,
Durham, Eng. 19yrs, 5’ 6", black hair, grey eyes, dark complexion;
tattoo marks between forefinger and thumb of left hand. £3 reward.
CARR, Patrick HMS Wallaroo
9.3.1896. Stoker, 2nd class, born at Nonaghan, Ireland, about 25yrs, 5’
3", dark hair, hazel eyes, sallow complexion. £3 reward, if apprehended
within two years. Plus £5 NSW.
CASSON, Arthur William HMS Diamond 12.10.1888 at Auckland. B. at
London, 18yrs, 5’ 6½", blue eyes, brown hair, fresh complexion.
COLE, William Llewellyn HMS Curacoa
24.10.1893 at Auckland. Ordinary, b. Dalston, Middlesex, Eng., about
19yrs, 5’ 4", light-brown hair, brown eyes, fair complexion, anchor
tattooed on back of let t hand. £3 < 2yrs. Plus £5.
COCHRANE, Francis Angelo HMS Ringdove
13.5.1899 at Auckland. AB, b. in England, about 25yrs, 5’ 3", dark hair,
brown eyes, dark complexion, scar in centre of forehead. £3 reward, if
apprehended within two years.
COLLINS William HMS Nymphe 5.8.1878 Wellington. Ord seaman, b. 3
Nov. 1859, at Karylebone, London, 5’ 5", light brown hair, grey eyes,
fresh complexion. Red scar on left shin, rose on breast.
The HMS/ sloop Nymphe 1574 tons under
Captain Townsend was at the Australian Station including New Zealand
CURTIS Christe. R. HMS Wolverine
10.5.1878 at Auckland. OS, born on the 5th May, 1859, at South Hackney,
London, 5’ 6", very slight, hair, grey eyes, fresh complexion, a smooth,
prominent face, stoops much. £3O. Plus £5. Admiralty.
DAVIES HMS Alacrity pre 31.12.1879
from at Auckland. Leading seaman, 5’ 7", fresh complexion, brown eyes,
brown curly hair, tattooed on both arms, scar on right shin.
HMS Mildura, 27.11.1897 at Port Chalmers: AB, b. in
Kingsland, Middlesex, Eng., about 28yrs, 5’ 4", brown hair, blue eyes,
fresh complexion, cross flags on left wrist.
ELLIS, William Charles
HMS Mildura 13.11.1895 Sydney. Doe. 3rd
class, born at Dunedin, New Zealand, about 19yrs, 5’, brown hair, blue
eyes, dark complexion.
FITZGERALD, Thomas HMS Rosario pre 11.9.1872 Has been
re-arrested, Sydney. Identified with Stephen Stanford, who deserted HMS
Rosario, at NZ
GARDNER Saml. J. HMS Blanche 19.6.1874 at Auckland.
Wardroom cook, born on the 5th September, 1846, at Plymouth, Devon, 5’
5", brown hair, dark sunken eyes, pale complexion. £3 reward.
GODDEN, John HMS Dart 13.5.1889 at
Auckland. B. Ibrset, England, 27yrs, 5’ l", grey eyes, light hair, fresh
complexion. £3 reward, if apprehended within two years. Plus £5 NZ.
GOODCHILD, Robert Percival HMS
Katoomba 26.12.1892at Auckland. Bugler, RMLI born at Cork, Ireland,
about 19yrs, 5’ 6", light-brown hair, grey eyes, fresh complexion,
slight tattoo mark on left fore arm ( anchor and spot ). £3 reward, if
apprehended within two years. Plus £5 NSW.
GRABB, Frederick HMS Ringdove 1896,
Auckland, arrested Newcastle, NSW, Water Police. Handed to Naval
GRAHAM, Malcolm HMS Wallaroo
Auckland, 9/3/1896. Stoker, 2nd class, b. Glasgow, Scotland, about
22yrs, 5’ 4 3/4", dark hair, hazel eyes, fair complexion, tattooed "A
Kinnon", right forearm. £3 reward. Notice repeated. £3 reward each, if
apprehended within two years. Plus £5 NSW. April 1896. Now reported to
be on board.
GREENHILL, Frederick HMS Katoomba Lyttelton 8 Feb. 1893. Dom. 3rd class,
b. at Ararat, Victoria, about 21yrs, 5’ 6", dark hair, brown eyes, fresh
complexion, cross ( very faint ) tattooed on left arm.
GROWENOR William HMS Nymphe 12.7.1878 Wellington. Ord seaman, born on
the 2nd May, 1859, at Ellerton, Gloucester, 5’ 5", brown hair, brown
eyes, fair complexion.
GUEST, Edward HMS Tauranga 6/12/1898 at Auckland. Private, RMLI,
born at Deal, Kent, 20yrs, 5’ 6", blue eyes, brown hair, fresh
complexion, burn scar on chest, scar back of head.
HAINES, Alfred Ernest Leopold 19yrs
HMS Rapid Port Chalmers
11/4/1896 O.S. b. at Ryde, Isle of Wight, yrs, 5’ 5", brown eyes, brown
hair, fresh complexion, tattoo spot left arm. £3 reward, if apprehended
within two years. Plus £5 NSW.
HAVERD Joseph HMS Nymphe 23.6.1878 Wellington OS b. 28 February,
1859, at Westham, Essex, 5’ 6", light brown hair, blue eyes, fresh
complexion. Anchor, flags tattooed on left wrist.
KERRY, Alf. J. HMS Lark 6.2.1883
at Auckland. AB, b. in Liverpool, 20yrs, 5’ 6", dark complexion, brown
hair, hazel eyes.
MANLEY, Adam HMS Mildura 6.12.1897
at Port Chalmers. AB, born in Hillingdon, Middlesex, England, about
27yrs, 5’ 7", light-brown hair, blue eyes, fair complexion. £3 reward,
if apprehended within two years.
MASSEY Saml. HMS Wolverine 3.4.1878 Deserted at Auckland, New Zealand: Leading stoker, born at
Stockport, Lancashire, on the 14th March, 1848, 5’ 10", dark brown hair,
grey eyes, pale complexion, Prince of Wales Plume on left fore arm; can
work as a blacksmith, engine fitter, or stoker; is a good hand at
Christy Minstrels, and was on this station before, in HMS "Cossack".
MORIGHAN Patrick HMS Nymphe 23.7.1878 Wellington. Private, R.M.L.I., b.
8 Nov. Banada, Sligo, 5’ 6", dark hair, blue eyes, fair complexion.
McCARTHY John HMS Nymphe 23.7.1878
Wellington, New Zealand: Able seaman, born on the 9th November, 1853, at
Milton, Kent, 5' 5", dark hair, hazel eyes, freckled complexion.
McEWAN, John HMS Blanche pre
9.7.1873 Warrant officer’s servant, b. January, 1845, but looks younger,
at Auckland; 5’, fresh complexion, dark brown hair, blue eyes. £3
McGREGOR, Frederick T. HMS Wallaroo
9.4.1895 at Auckland. Stoker, 2nd class, born at Larkhall,
Lanarkshire, England, about 21yrs, 5' 6", light hair, brown eyes, fair
complexion. £3 reward. Plus £5 NSW 15.4.1896 deserters are now said to
be on board their ship.
HMS Wallaroo 3rd class cruiser, 2575 tons, ex.
"Persian" Aux. Squadron
Australian Station and NZ. 1891-1906. Became guardship at Chatham
in 1914. Renamed Wallington in March 1919, changing back to original in
1920 before being sold for scrap.
McINTOSH, Walter HMS Ringdove
2.6.1899 at Gisborne. Armourer’s
mate, b. Paisley, Scotland, about 29yrs, 5’ 9", brown hair, brown eyes,
fresh complexion. £3 reward, if apprehended within two years.
HMS Tauranga 6.11.1898 at Wellington. Armourer’s
mate, born in Glasgow, about 27yrs, 5’ 9", brown hair, brown eyes, fresh
complexion. £3 reward, if apprehended within two years.
McNAB, Peter HMS Royalist 10.12.1898 at Auckland. AB, born in Scotland, about 20yrs, 5’ 2", dark
hair, grey eyes, fresh complexion.
MILFORD, Alfred HMS Ringarooma
1.3.1892 at Auckland, b at Devonport, Devon, England, 38yrs, 5’ 7", dark
brown hair, blue eyes, fair complexion.
MORIGHAN Patrick HMS Nymphe
23.6.1878 Wellington, New Zealand. Private, R.M.L.I., b. 8 November,
1857, at Banada, Sligo, 5’ 6", dark hair, blue eyes, fair complexion.
MOTLEY, William G. HMS Mildura 17.1.1898 Lyttelton. Down. 2nd class, born in Woodville, NZ about 16yrs,
5’ 3 3/4", dark-brown hair, blue eyes, fresh complexion
Mildura 3rd class cruiser, 2575 tons, ex.
"HMS Perlous" Aux. Squadron
Australian Station and NZ. 1891-1905.
MOWERER, Arthur Leonard
HMS Mildura 22.11.1900 at Lyttelton.
Stoker, b. England, 27yrs, 5’ 6 3/4", light-brown hair, grey eyes,
brownish complexion; scar on back of left hand.
O’CONNOR Michael HMS Dido from
Sydney on 4.10.1875 AB, b. London, 20yrs, 5’ 7½", brown hair, very blue
eyes, fresh complexion, no whiskers &c. He will probably endeavour to
make his way to Nelson or Greymouth, NZ. £3 reward.
HMS Cordelia pre 13.5.1891 at Auckland. 3rd class cook,
born in Canton, 28yrs, 5’ 7½", dark hair, black eyes, dark complexion,
cut over each eye. £3 reward each, if apprehended within two years. Plus
£5 Col. Govts.
PILGRIM, William HMS Royalist 6.5.1897 at Auckland. Ord., b.
Norwich, England, about 29yrs, 5’ 4", brown hair, blue eyes, fresh
POIDEWIN John HMS Nymphe 5.8.1878
Wellington. Ord seaman, born on the 30th September, 1857, at St.
Lawrence, Jersey, 5’ 5", light brown hair, blue eyes, fair complexion.
Scar on left hand.
POPE, George Alfred HMS Rapid 18.8.1895 at Auckland. Ordinary
seaman, born in Somerset, England, about 18yrs, 5’ 7½", light-brown
hair, fresh complexion, scar side of right cheek.
POWELL, Wm. Hy. HMS Katoomba on 29.6.1893 at Auckland. Stoker,
b. Radnorshire, Wales, about 22yrs, 5’ 4", brown hair, brown eyes, fair
complexion, cut on under lip.
PRICE, Joseph HMS Wallaroo 29.5.1896 at Auckland,. A
stoker, b. Edinburgh, Scotland, about 21yrs, 5’ 3", dark hair, brown
eyes, fresh complexion, tattoo dot on both thumbs.
RANKIN, Charles Edward
HMS Tauranga 22 at Wellington 14/2/1900
AB, b. England, about 22yrs, 5’ B", dark-brown hair, grey eyes, fair
SHIRES Francis HMS Wolverine at Auckland 8/5/1878 Stoker, b.
Islington, London, in March, l857, 5’ 6", brown hair, blue eyes, pale
complexion; a painter. Supposed to have relatives in the vicinity of
Surry Hills, Sydney.
SMITH, William HMS Torch 25/11/1897 at Auckland. Stoker, b.
Maidstone, Kent, about 23yrs, 5’ 6", black hair, dark brown eyes, fresh
complexion. £3 reward, if apprehended within two years.
HMS Ringarooma pre 24/6/1896 Stoker, b. at Auckland
22yrs, 5’ 9", blue eyes, light brown hair, sallow complexion.
VENNALL, William H. J. HMS Mildura pre 3/1/1900 at Auckland AB b.
Hastings, England, about 21yrs, 5’ 6", brown hair, grey eyes, fresh
WEBBER, Jas HMS Nymphe 5/8/1878 Wellington OS b. 8 June, 1860 at
St. Gormans, Cornwall, 5’ 4", brown hair, grey eyes, fresh complexion.
WEEKS, Charles W. HMS Orlando 3/8/1892 at Auckland. Stoker, b.
Chatham, England, 26yrs, 5’ 4", dark-brown hair, hazel eyes, fresh
complexion. £3 reward, if apprehended within two years. Plus £5 NSW.
WILLIAMS, John HMS Curacoa 5/1/1894 at Lyttelton. Private,
R.M.L.I b. Llanover, Abergaveny, Monmouthshire, about 29yrs, 5’ 6 3/4",
brown hair, blue eyes, fresh complexion.
WOODHOUSE, Joseph E. HMS Wallaroo 25/1/1895 at Auckland. Stoker,
b. Wales, about 24yrs, 5’3", brown hair, blue eyes, fresh complexion,
scar end of small finger right hand. £3 reward, if apprehended within
two years. Plus £5 NSW.
WOOLLEY, Joseph HMS Mohawk pre 2/5/1900 at Wellington, Ord., b.
Wales, about 18yrs, 5’ 6", dark brown hair, grey eyes, dark complexion,
numerous dark spots (from explosion ) on face. £3 reward if apprehended
within two years.
Here are some mariners who appeared in
Oamaru Court, NZ
September 10 1877
Frederick LOW a 25 year old English sailor was sentenced in the Oamaru
District Court to 14 days hard labour following his conviction on a breach
of the Shipping Act.
May 2 1878
James POLSON, 21 year old Swedish seaman was sentenced in Oamaru District
Court to 5 weeks hard labour or a L5 fine for assaulting police. The fine
was paid the same day.
January 30 1879
Patrick GREENWAY, 34 year old Irish seaman, sentenced in Oamaru District
Court to 42 days hard labour for larceny.
April 29 1880
John SHOREMAN, 27 year old American seaman, sentenced to 6 days hard labour
for obscene language. Served sentence at Oamaru gaol,
October 16 1880
Peter MCKENNA, 25 year old Nova Scotia seaman, sentenced to 2 months hard
labour & 8 months imprisonment in default of bail (sentences concurrent) on
2 charges of damaging property. One previous conviction.
February 4 1881
Edward ROBERTS, 45 year Welsh seaman and labourer, sentenced to 28 days hard
labour for breach of peace. Served sentence at Oamaru gaol.
February 26 1881
Frederick J THORSBY, 29 year old English seaman, sentenced to 2 months hard
labour for assault.
March 27 1883
Harry JOHNSON, 28 year old Dutch seaman, sentenced to 6 weeks hard labour
March 30 1883
Martin ANDERSON, 28 year old Norwegian seaman, sentenced to 14 days hard
labour for refusing to work on board ship.
March 30 1883
Luil BERG, 27 year old Norwegian seaman, sentenced to 14 days hard labour
for refusing to work on board ship.
April 23 1883
Thomas MASON, 24 year old English sailor, sentenced to 7 days hard labour
for assault. Served sentence at Oamaru gaol.
November 14 1883
Charles LEHMAN, 24 year old German sailor, sentenced to 4 weeks hard labour
for disobeying orders on board ship. Served sentence at Oamaru gaol.
September 9 1884
Richard GIBLIN alias James GALLAGHER alias Patrick MURPHY alias John MORAN
alias James MCMANUS, 22 year old Irish seaman and shoemaker, sentenced to
years hard labour for forgery. 1 p/c
November 13 1884
George COOPER, 33 year old English seaman, sentenced to 48 hours hard labour
for malicious injury to property. Served sentence at Oamaru gaol.
February 28 1885
Mathew G SHARPLEY, 23 year old London born fireman, sentenced to 14 days
hard labour for larceny. Served sentence at Oamaru gaol.
April 27 1885
Howell E WILLIAMS, 22 year old Liverpool born seaman, sentenced to 7 days
hard labour for larceny. Served sentence at Oamaru gaol.
July 23 1885
John ROBERTSON, 27 year old Scottish seaman, sentenced to 7 days hard labour
for being A.W.O.L. from his ship. Served sentence at Oamaru gaol.
June 4 1886
James Martin 28 year old Norwegian seaman, sentenced to 6 months hard labour
for larceny. On June 21 1886 he received an additional 14 days hard labour
for larceny and on September 7 1886 a further 12 months hard labour for
burglary. All sentences cumulative. It was noted he had a bullet wound in
his left cheek. At some stage he was transferred to Lyttelton gaol where he
completed his sentence.
September 21 1886
William WILSON alias MCKENZIE, 32 year old Scottish seaman and labourer,
sentenced to 3 days hard labour for larceny. Served sentence at Oamaru gaol.
September 7 1886
James MARTIN,26 year old Norwegian seaman and labourer, sentenced to 12
months hard labour for burglary and larceny, on expiration of previous
sentences. He was acquitted on similar charge. 2 p/cs.
April 21 1887
George alias Thomas INGRAM, 46 year old English seaman and lumper, sentenced
to 1 months hard labour for larceny. 1 p/c.
September 6 1887
John MCGUIRE alias BAKER, 24 year old seaman, born in New Orleans, sentenced
to 2 years hard labour for breaking into and stealing from a
shop. On September 7 he was sentenced to 12 months hard labour for larceny
to be cumulative on earlier sentence.
September 6 1887
James SCOTT alias COOK alias SMITH, 28 year old Scottish seaman, sentenced
to 2 years hard labour for larceny. On March 13 1888 he was sentenced to 3
years penal servitude for housebreaking, both sentences concurrent. He was
transferred to Wellington gaol. Several p/cs.
March 3 1888
Robert MCCLUSKY, 33 year old Irish seaman and labourer, sentenced to 2
months hard labour for larceny.
March 13 1888
John BURKE alias J C KEATING, 28 year old English seaman, acquitted on
charge of housebreaking.
December 21 1889
Robert BENNETT, 26 year old ploughman & seaman, born Cork, fined 2 pounds
plus costs or 7 days hard labour for cruelty to animals.
February 15 1890
Frederick LEVINE, 23 year old sailor, born Copenhagen, sentenced to 7 days
hard labour for obscene language and a concurrent 7 days for “refusing to
quit licensed premises”. Served sentence at Oamaru gaol.
August 18 1890
John TUCKER, 26 year old English fireman, was sentenced to 14 days hard
labour for indecent language. Served sentence at Oamaru gaol.
August 18 1890
Joseph KAYLEY, 22 year English fireman, sentenced to 7 days hard labour for
indecent language, 7 days hard labour for assaulting police (concurrent) and
48 hour imprisonment for threatening behaviour. Served sentence at Oamaru
Biger Roald Bramer Rasmussen - Deserter 1957 1958 Wgtn
C.F.S. Boorg - Deserter 1957 1957 Wgtn
Hans Olav Modahl - Deserter ex "Maricopa" (ship) 1961 1962 Wgtn
Jaroslav Josef Prokop - Deserter ex "Condesa" (ship) 1957 1957 Wgtn
Olaf Danlgren - Deserter ex "Benoil" (ship) 1954 1954 Wgtn
A Lyell, SS "Holmdale" (ship): Protests at being treated as a deserter when forced to leave ship by Cooks and Stewards Union 1926 1926 Wgtn
A Thomson, SS "Kurow" (ship): Refused to go to sea and posted as deserter but the shore superintendent and local manager of USS Co and Secretary Seamen's Union ask that wages be paid to him 1926 1927 Wgtn
Angirios Candiliofis - Deserter ex "Sambrian" (ship) 1946 1947 Wgtn
HJ Hawkins - Deserter, SS "Akaroa" (ship) 1945 1946 Wgtn
Master of schooner "Morning Light" (ship) engaging L Taylor, boy deserter from barque "Hazel Craig" (ship) 1915 1915 Wgtn
Refund of wages to R Strachan, SS "Wanaka" (ship) wrongly treated as deserter 1919 1919 Wgtn
S Resenius, SS "Monowai" (ship), recommends that seamen be not treated as deserter as he was in hospital 1915 1915 Wgtn
George Greenaway, Bay of Islands - Record Missing 19 May 1836 Regarding recovery of a boat from "Anastatia" (ship), taken by a deserter, turned adrift and found by Monga-nui, son of River who now claims it.
Private Thomas Wakefield (deserter) - February-March 1867 1867 1867 Wgtn
Preben Nielsen and Kjell Jonassen deserters ex "Thordis" (ship) 1962 1962 Wgtn
Captain Townsend - 13 August 1878 -
Stating that there have been fourteen desertions from the "Nymph" (ship)
in the last month, and that it is most probable that the deserters have
been given aid by New Zealanders, and requesting that great effort be
made to bring the deserters to justice
- Enclosed: F Atchison to Col Whitmore stating that it is believe that a
man named Jones aided three deserters and placed them on the schooner
"Enterprise" (ship), and requesting the aid of Capt Townsend in
prosecuting him - 15 August 1878
- Memo: Grey to the Governor forwarding above letter from Atchison
together with a statement on the deserters who have already been
apprehended - 17 August 1878 1878 1878 Wgtn
M Hurtel, Commander "L'Albatros" (ship) (Havre)
- Regarding 3 deserters from his ship; who fled to the ship "Pacific"
(ship) (commanded by Captain Miller). Captain Miller refused to give
them up. Asks for help from Busby. (p154)
- 2 April 1839 - Note by Busby that he went with Captain Hurtel to
"Pacific" (ship), but it was opposition from view that made it
impossible to give up deserters, not Captain Miller.
JR Clendon, "Pacific" (ship), Kororareka -
Regarding desertions from "L'Albatros" (ship). States the facts, Captain
has called on him to help him recover the deserters. Suggests that
Busby's presence will help the affair to be quietly wound up.
20 March 1835 - Henry Careless, Surgeon to barque "Luisa" (ship) -
Regarding Captain Wright refusing to take back on board seaman by the
name of "Joey." Wellington
20 March 1835 - Henry Careless, Surgeon, "Luisa" (ship),- On behalf of
Captain Wright states that as "Joey" was AWOL for 12 hours, he forfeited
his property. Joey had signed the articles to be obedient, and Captain
Wright cannot think of taking him on board again.
20 March 1835 - Busby to Captain Wright, "Luisa" (ship) - Draft letter,
asking that Captain Wright think again. If "Joey" is entered on ship's
articles he cannot be left against his will in the Bay of Islands, and
if he is a passenger Wright cannot retain any of his property.
20 March 1835 - Busby to Captain Wright, "Luisa" (ship) - Unless Captain
Wright receives "Joey" on board, or gives up his property (on which
condition "Joey" is willing to be left at the Bay), Busby will have
Wright prosecuted on his arrival in London. The penalty for leaving a
seaman abroad against his will is 3 months imprisonment.
19 May 1836 - George Greenaway, Bay of Islands - Regarding recovery of a
boat from "Anastatia" (ship), taken by a deserter, turned adrift and
found by Monga-nui, son of River who now claims it Annexed: Busby notes
that it has since been recovered.
Auckland 1878 - Captain Townsend - 28 June 1878 - Stating that the bill
for the maintenance of three seamen in the Mount Eden Gaol was paid to
the Mayor before the "Nymph" (ship) left Auckland
Wellington 1926:J McDermott, SS "Maheno" (ship) - Absent without leave -
Maintenance expenses reimbursement out of forfeited wages.
Wellington 1928: J Connolly, SS "Storm" (ship): Absent at time of
sailing and given a good discharge: New man engaged but Connolly returns
on board: What is position?
Wellington 1930: Seamen absent without leave being injured and put into
hospital: Can wages be used to defray expenses?
Ships very seldom stopped
en-route as they did not want crew or passengers jumping ship
Crewmen off American New Bedford
Massachusetts Whaling ships 1841/1845 deserted New Zealand.
Library database Crew list keyword search
Last Name First Name Ship Name Port of Registry Departure Date Comments Rank/Position
ALBRO Edward FAVORITE Fairhaven 8/27/1843 on at the Bay of Islands, NZ 01/22/1845 Did not return from voyage Seaman
ANTHONY Silas FAVORITE Fairhaven 8/27/1843 on at the Bay of Islands, NZ 01/16/1845 Did not return from voyage Seaman
BAKER Thomas R. RUSSELL New Bedford 8/28/1845 Deserted at NZ
BOLTON Thomas William CANTON PACKET New Bedford 10/13/1845 on at Sydney NSW 10/13/1846 prisoned at Russell, NZ failure to board
CONKLIN Harry SOUTH BOSTON Fairhaven 11/3/1842 Deserted at NZ 01/25/1844 Ordinary
CORMAN Frank MOCTEZUMA New Bedford 8/28/1841 on at the Bay of Islands, NZ did not return Ordinary
FORTIER Joseph GENERAL PIKE New Bedford 9/7/1843 Deserted at NZ
GENTIUS Charles DRAPER New Bedford 4/30/1842 Deserted at NZ
GILLMAN John B. GENERAL PIKE New Bedford 9/7/1843 Deserted at NZ
HAWKINS Adrian CANTON PACKET New Bedford 10/13/1845 on at Sydney NSW 10/09/1846 prisoned at Russell, NZ failure to board bark
HILL John B. GENERAL PIKE New Bedford 9/7/1843 Deserted at NZ
HILLS Arnold MOCTEZUMA New Bedford 8/28/1841 on at the Bay of Islands, NZ 08/21/1843 did not return Seaman
LAMB William CANTON PACKET New Bedford 10/13/1845 on at Sydney NSW 10/09/1846 prisoned at Russell, NZ failure to board
LONG William SOUTH BOSTON Fairhaven 11/3/1842 Deserted at NZ 01/25/1844 Blacksmith
LOWE Thomas SOUTH BOSTON Fairhaven 11/3/1842 Deserted at NZ 01/25/1844 Ordinary
LOWE Thomas G. SOUTH BOSTON Fairhaven 11/3/1842 Deserted at NZ 01/25/1844 Greenhand
MASON JAMES OCEAN New Bedford 12/31/1844 Deserted at Whangaroa NZ 03/21/1848 Greenhand
MCLEAN Alexander ADDISON Fairhaven 6/9/1834 Deserted at NZ 01/25/1835
MILLER William ADDISON Fairhaven 6/9/1834 Deserted at NZ 01/25/1835 age 12, residence NY, 5' 10
POOLE James CANTON PACKET Fairhaven 10/13/1845 Imprisoned at Russell, NZ for failure to board bark
ROSSIN William SOUTH BOSTON Fairhaven 11/3/1842 Deserted at NZ 01/25/1844 Seaman
SMITH Lewis ADDISON Fairhaven 6/9/1834 Deserted at NZ 01/25/1835 age 25, black, 5'5"
TENY Peter SOUTH BOSTON Fairhaven 11/3/1842 Deserted at NZ 01/25/1844 Greenhand
THORP Daniel D. OCEAN Fairhaven 12/31/1844 Deserted at Whangaroa NZ 03/12/1847 Ordinary
TIMSON James ADDISON Fairhaven 6/9/1834 Deserted at NZ 01/25/1835 age 23
Our ancestors were much more
mobile than we generally think!