The following is a transcript from the New Zealand Herald 11th February 1867. The ship 'England', 853 tons, chartered by Shaw Savill Co. for six voyages England to New Zealand arrived in Auckland on Saturday 9th February. Image
ARRIVAL OF THE ENGLAND
The ship England, Capt. Fox, arrived in harbour on Saturday morning from London after a tedious passage of 114 days, occasioned by the prevalence of light winds and calms throughout the whole passage. The England has made the passage South about, being the first vessel that has adopted this plan for some time past. As was the case with our other late arrivals from home, the England reports falling in with great quantities of ice, which also somewhat retarded her passage. The entire passage however, has been a pleasant one, as will be seen by the following general report, kindly furnished us by Capt. Fox: -
"Left the East India Docks, October 19th, and towed from Gravesend to the Downs on the 20th; sailed from the Downs October 23rd , on October 26th reached Beechy Head, and discharged the Pilot. On the 29th October lost sight of old England, passed Madeira on the 7th November and on the 13th the island of St Antonio; the following day spoke the ship City of Boston, from Cardiff to Wellington, 20 days out. Crossed the Line [Equator] on the 23rd November. On the 27th November spoke the barque Crusoe, from New York to Callao, 45 days out. December the 16th passed the island of Tristan de Achuna. December 23rd passed the meridian of the Cape of Good Hope lat 42�. January 11th surrounded with icebergs, lat 45�50'S, long117� 32'E and continued so near to long. 122� 30'E. January 20th passed Van Dieman's Land and on the 24th sighted the land on the West Coast of the middle island of New Zealand. On the 25th, had a strong gale from the N.E. which continued for two days. On the 27th spoke the schooner Elizabeth Curl, from Hokitika to Dunedin, three days out. On the 31st passed through Cook's Straits. On the 1st February experienced a strong gale from the N.W. but it only lasted a short time. On February 3rd passed the East Cape, and experienced a succession of head winds until the 7th, arriving in harbour early yesterday afternoon."
The England is a ship of 853 tons, built at Sunderland in 1853 and recently engaged in the Indian trade. She is a fine looking craft, possessing superior passenger accommodation, more especially in the saloon, which is one of the most capacious, comfortable, and elegantly fitted that we have seen so for some time past. The ship has arrived in harbour in a most cleanly and creditable condition, and the passengers speak in the highest terms of the courtesy and kindness received at the hands of Captain Fox and his officers. The passengers, 99 in number, have all arrived in good health, under the medical charge of Dr. H. R. Thomson. There were no deaths, but one birth on the passage, Mrs Purcell being confined on the 20th January last.
The following is a list of the passengers (as best as I am able) and cargo:-
Colenso, Elizabeth, Fanny, and Latimer
Dyer, Mrs. B. C.
Dyer, Emily and Robert
Fairburn, Mr. Edwin
Fairburn, Emma Laura, Frederick, Ruth, Edwin, Mabel, and John
Gully, Mr. Charles
Oarr(?), Miss E. J.
Powdrall, Mr. S. D.
Robinson, Mr. W. W.
Roe, Mr. Robert
Roe, Miss Emily
Second Cabin and Steerage, -
Barns, William S., Catherine, George, Mary, Catherine, Richard, and Rebecca G.
Berry, Elizabeth and Samuel
Delahay, William and Elizabeth
Beverley, Mary J.
Brookes, Mary H.
Davi...(?), Mary B. and Andrew F.
Fawcett, Fanny and Thomas
Friscott, Alexander, Jane (wife) Children: Clara, George, Bessie, John, Kate, and Alexander Jnr.
(written as "Friscott" in fact, it should be "Truscott")
Murrell(?), John and Fanny
Orain(?), Ann and William
(Purcell?), R.... ...ell
Pye, Charles, Matilda, Jemima, Francis, and Charles
Shek et...(?), Alexander
Thaxter, Charlotte, Sarah Ann, and Grace
Tulloch, John M
Williams, Charlotte and Lillian(?)
Thomas(?), Fanny, Thomas, Fan...(?)
Elizabeth, Alfred George H., Neile T. and Ma...(?) ...under(?
TRADES - 9 farmers, 1 shipwright, 1 groom, 2 female servants, 1housewife, 1 miner, 1 labourer, 1 shop keeper, 1 settler, 2 butchers, 1 clerk, 1commercial traveller, 1 plumber, 1 miller.
CARGO - (then follows a complete description of the cargo e.g.
52 pkgs R. Lusk, 7 pkgs H. Hall; 325 cases, 300 packages W. J. Young etc)
TESTIMONIAL - Captain Fox, although a stranger to this port, is well acquainted down South, as also in the Australian colonies, having been formerly in command of the s.s. Star of the Evening, the Sir Francis Drake, and several other vessels. We have much pleasure in giving publicity to the following testimonial presented to him by the passengers of the England, as also to Dr. Thomson, surgeon in charge :-
"Dear Captain Fox, - We, the undersigned passengers to New Zealand, beg to congratulate you on the near approach of the good ship England to her destination. We wish, before parting from you and each other, to express to you our sense of all your kindness and attention to us during a somewhat protracted passage. We also desire to assure you that we have, while at sea, always felt the greatest confidence in your ability, in your vigilance during all anxious times, and in your constant care of the vessel entrusted to your command. In all your efforts we are sure you have been ably seconded by your officers and crew. As this is your birthday, we take the opportunity of wishing you many happy returns of the day, and we trust that, after a voyage both prosperous to yourself and profitable to your owner, you may return in due time, and in all safety, to dear old England.
February 6, 1867
Ship England, February 5 1867.
Latitude 363 South; Longitude 180� East.
We the undersigned passengers of the ship England from London to Auckland, have great pleasure in presenting to H. A. A. R. Thompson, Esq., this testimonial as a recommendation in his medical career, and a token of our highest esteem for his indefatigable zeal and kind attention through so long and tedious a voyage, feeling convinced that, we cannot speak too highly of his services. We subscribe our names.
(here follow the signatures)
Mr D. Nathan is agent for the England; she will come alongside the Wharf to-morrow, and upon completion of discharge, in all probability, lay on for London."
Information courtesy of Ian Rawnsley. Mr. Rawnsley's interest is the Thaxter family.
The surgeons report can be found at the Alexander Turnbull Library,Wellington.
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