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Arrival of the Dunnottar Castle

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Otago Witness Saturday May 17 1879

The Dunnottar Castle, from London arrived off the Heads at 4 a.m. on the 9th. During the day Captain Thomson, the harbourmaster, proceeded down to the Heads in the steam-launch Reynolds. Later in the day the p.s. Koputai steamed out to the ship, and taking her in tow brought her safely across the bar. There was a very high tide, and the good ship, although drawing fully 21 feet two inches, passed without touching. She was brought up to the Powder-ground and anchored at 5.50 p.m.  She was boarded by Mr J. Thomson, H.M. Customs boarding officer and was properly cleared in; the representative of the Press were also in attendance, and were courteously received by Captain Hinks. Captain Hinks, who is not a stranger to the port, having been here 18 years since as second officer of the ship Gloucester, a well-known vessel in these waters. he Dunnottar Castle us comparatively a new ship, having been built in 1876, by Messrs Stephenson and Co., of Dalmuir, on the Clyde, for Messrs Thomas Skinner and Co., of London and Glasgow. She is fitted up with all the latest labour-saving appliances. Her decks are fine and clear; she processes a full poop, and is well constructed to carry passengers, the saloon being extremely commodiously and neatly fitted with teakwood set of gold mouldings. The ship comes out under charter to Messrs Shaw, Savill and Co. She brings 30 passengers, 60 tons of powder (stowed in a properly -constructed magazine), and 3200 tons of cargo, of which 1006 tons is dead weight (principally cement), and the rest measurement goods.

May 9th 1879
Dunnottar Castle, ship, 1702 tons, Hinks, from London, 29th January, Dalgety, Nichols, and Co. agents. passengers:(also see Otago Witness April 1879 pg12) - Captain Ogilive)

 Saloon -

Cutten 		Mr Edward
Ellis 		Mr Robert
Manlove 	Mr Charles 	(Menlove)
Ord 		Mr Nicholas A.
Pigon 		Mr		(Mr R.H. Pigou)
Wetherend 	Mr		(Mr Walter Wethered)

Second Cabin:
Atikinson 	Mr and Mrs	(Regd Atkinson)
Ross 		Mr Robert and Mrs Grace
				(Miss A. Hawton)
				(Mr James Smith)

Steerage:
Burns 		Mr John
Carr 		Mr Charles A.
Cochrane 	Mr Andrew		
Eastick 	Mr Walter and Mrs Emily
Gaffnay 	Mr Patrick	(Gaffney)
Macrorie 	Miss		(Miss Jane McCroy)
McCullough 	Mr Robert
Oughton 	Mr James
Parr 		Mr George
Rae 		Mr Joseph 
Shelmerdine 	Mrs W. and 3 children (William, Kathleen and Olivia)
Winstanley 	Mr D.W.
				(Mr Thomas Turnbull) - not listed as having arived.
				(Mr Charles White) 	ditto
				(Charlotte White)	ditto
				(Susannah White) 	ditto
				(Walter White)		ditto