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Euterpe
- the old ship is still afloat in 2008 in San Diego.
Renamed The Star of India in 1906.
 

The Star of India did not gain her name until 1906, after joining the fleet of the Alaskan Packers Association. When launched from the Irish Sea on November 14th 1863, at Ramsey on the Isle of Man, she was christened Euterpe after the Greek muse of music and lyric poetry. She has made 21 circumnavigations during her career, some of them lasting up to a year. On her first trip she suffered a collision and a munity. On her second trip, a cyclone caught the Euterpe in the Bay of Bengal, and her topmasts cut away, she barely made port. Shortly afterwards, her first captain died on board and was buried at sea. The Euterpe made four voyages to India as a cargo ship, most likely painted black. The full-rigged ship took on a green colour when purchased in 1871 by the Shaw Savill line of London. She spent a quarter century hauling emigrants to NZ, sometimes calling into ports in Australia, California and Chile. In 1898 she was sold to American owners and in 1902 purchased by the Alaska Packers Association. She was renamed in 1906 and sailed from Oalkand to the Bering Sea each spring with a load of fisherman, cannery hands, box shook, and tin plate. She returned each fall laden with canned salmon. This went on until 1923 when she was laid up in port by APA. in 1926 she was saved by a group of San Diegans and towed to San Diego from San Francisco to restore and preserve as a museum ship. She is maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers and staff and sails at least once a year.  We saw her sail in Nov. 2013. Deck length: 64.6 m (212ft), sparred length: 85.3m (280ft), beam 10.7m (35ft)


 What name is on the bell? Even when the name of a ship changes, maritime tradition states that the original bell should remain. The Star of India was originally the Euterpe. Regular rings on the bell announced changes in the watch. The forward bell was rung to strike the hour and half hour in response to the bell at the wheel where the helmsman kept time. Each series of one to eight bells marked a four hour watch or work shift. As the "Euterpe", this ship carried immigrants to New Zealand from 1873 to 1898.

Chronological Record History
Sailing ship Euterpe, Port Chalmers, a D. A. De Maus photo
Source: 'Papers Past' - a NZ National Library website. newspapers online.
Daily Southern Cross (Auckland), Evening Post (Wellington), Star (Christchurch), North Otago Times (Oamaru), Otago Witness (Dunedin)
pdf file- passengers

Sailed Arrived Arrival Port Captain Days Passengers
Dec  7 Apr  4  '73 Dunedin Phillips 117 106 (65 immigrants) four cabin, four second cabin, and ninety-eight steerage passengers
Apr 28 Aug 30 '74 Wellington Phillips 124 400 immigrant
Jan   1 Apr 11 '76 Lyttelton Phillips 100 31 passengers
Dec 17 Apr  3  '77 Dunedin Phillips 108 40 
Jul    7 Oct 20 '78 Dunedin Phillips 104 passengers: 7 cabin, 5 second cabin, 31 steerage
Aug  2 Dec 24 '79 Lyttelton Phillips 143 12 saloon, 154 second and third cabin passengers.
Oct 25 Feb   8 '81 Wellington Banks 105 8 passengers
Oct 23 Feb   8 '82 Wellington Phillips 107 9 saloon, 7 second, 12 steerage
Apr  9 Aug  1  '84 Dunedin Hoyle 113 able to find shipping items in the OW
July   9 Nov   6 '85 Auckland Hoyle 120 newspaper not online
Aug 20 Dec 12 '86 Auckland Hoyle 113 21 passengers
Nov 3 Feb 19 '89 Wellington Banks 107 7 passengers
Jul  13 Oct 25 '91 Wellington Streeter 106 unable to find a listing
Aug 13 Dec  3  '92 Dunedin Streeter 111  
Dec  4 Apr 26 '94 Dunedin Streeter 142  
Jun 22 Oct  4  '96 Dunedin Banks 103  
Apr  8 Jul 29   '95 Wellington Banks 111 no passengers listed
Nov 25 Mar 27 '98 Dunedin Longmuir 121  

West Coast Times, 28 August 1871, Page 2
The Nelson Colonist says, the captain of the ship Euterpe, arrived at Bombay, reports having experienced two shocks of earthquake at sea, in lat. 3 deg. N., long. 55 deg. 33 mm. E., on March 23. The ship had a tremulous motion, as though grinding over a hard bottom.

Otago Witness, 8 February 1873, Page 12
The clipper ship Euterpe, shortly expected to arrive here from London, after discharging cargo, proceeds to Adelaide, S.A., to load wheat, &c., for home.

Evening Post, 8 February 1873, Page 2
The Government have received information by the Nebraska, from the Agent General to the effect that the Durhan left London for Auckland on, the 28th November, and the Euterpe for Otago on the 7th December. The former brings 65 immigrants, of whom 47 are English, 1 Scotch, 9 Irish, and 1 German. The Euterpe brings in all 92 immigrants composed as follows— 20 English, 33 Irish, 37 Scotch, and 2 Welsh.

Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 5 April 1873, Page 3
Port Chalmers, April 4. Arrived — The Euterpe, from London; Lutterworth, from London.


Hoquian, Washington. Lamb Grays Harbor Co.

West Coast Times, 7 April 1873, Page 2
Dunedin. The Euterpe brings 106 passengers, and the Lutterworth 104 ; mostly for Brogden. They go to Moeraki per Patterson.

Otago Witness
, 12 April 1873, Page 12
The clipper ship Euterpe, previously reported at the Heads, from London, was towed up to an anchorage off Deborah Bay on the 4th inst. Her passengers and immigrants will be brought to Dunedin by the steamer Golden Age this forenoon. The vessel is a beautiful model, and is high classed, but unfortunately on this trip, through a series of adverse weather, has made a long passage. Notwithstanding, her population of passengers appear to be as happy as sandboys, each and all expressing kind thanks to Captain Phillips, her commander, for the treatment received from him during the passage, as shown by a testimonial in another column. One death, that of a little child named Paul Smith, occurred on the 21st March, from pneumonia. Three additions were, however, made to her population— by Mrs Young, on the 26th of January, giving birth to a female child ; on the 21st February, Mrs Palmer, of a son ; and on the 7th March, Mrs Gilbertson, of a son. The health of all appears to have been well looked after by her surgeon, Dr Summerhayes, and Mrs Herman, the matron. Altogether there are four cabin, four second cabin, and ninety-eight steerage passengers. Regarding her passage. She left Gravesend on the 7th December, bad moderate weather in the Channel, and took her final departure from off Start Point on the 12th. A succession of westerly and southerly gales was then met with, and Madeira was only sighted and passed on the 4th January ; from thence variables prevailed to Lat. 19 N., when the N.E. Trades were picked up ; they were light, and only carried to to 4N. Doldrums followed to Lat. 2 R. The Equator was crossed on the 28th January, in long. 24.30 W. The S.E. Trades were indifferent, and parted with in lat. 20 S. ; from thence laid variables till crossing the meridian of Greenwich on 21st February, in lat. 42 S., and the Cape of Good Hope, on the 26th, in lat. 43 S. Her easting was principally run down between the parallels of 45 and 46, and the Snares passed on the 29th March. N.E. and S.E. winds then baulked her until a change to S. W. brought her to the Heads on Thursday week. Passengers

New Zealand Tablet, 24 May 1873, Page 5
The ship Euterpe, which had the Waitaki bridge cylinders on board clears out here in ballast for an unknown port. It was expected that she would load partly here and partly at Lyttelton for London.

Otago Witness, 31 May 1873, Page 2
PORT CHALMERS REGATTA.
From an early hour on Monday morning, active preparations were being made at the Port for this event. At break of day the sun rose with an ominous aspect, and towards ten o'clock gusts from the N.W. came out of the gullies. The first train from Dunedin arrived at five minutes to eight o'clock, bringing with it four rowing boats and their crews, besides a goodly number of visitors. The trains ran throughout the day at intervals, bringing crowds of visitors from Dunedin, and by half-past 11 o'clock there were at least 1500 persons present on the Railway Pier and on board the ships lying alongside. The ship Euterpe, which had kindly been lent for a flagship, was particularly crowded. The p.s. Paterson, however, was chosen at an early hour as the flagship, and hauled off to a buoy — the Euterpe lying alongside the Pier.

Otago Witness, 12 July 1873, Page 14
Newcastle. Arrived - Euterpe, and Hero, from Port Chalmers.

Otago Witness, 10 January 1874, Page 17
IMMIGRATION TO OTAGO.
The following table shows the number of immigrants introduced into Otago during the year 1873 :- Ship. Euterpe

Date of arrival Adults 	M  F  Children 	Infants No. of souls 	Equal to statue adults. 
April 4 		32 36 8 	12 	391 		78

Daily Southern Cross, 27 June 1874, Page 2 [sic]
Gravesend. — Arrived on April 28, the Euterpe, from Auckland

Evening Post, 27 June 1874, Page 2
Sailed for Wellington - Conflict, 5th May ; Euterpe, 28th April

Evening Post, 7 July 1874, Page 2
The following are the names of Euterpe immigrants nominated for Wellington :
Charles Humwick and family 3½ adults
John Walls and family, 3½do
Philip Pitcher and family 3 do
Thyrza Knight, 1 do
Elizabeth Pye and family of single women, 1 do
Margaret Ritchie and 2 children, 1 do (Wanganui)
Blanche Innes, 1 do
Emma Wilson, 1 do (Wanganui)
Mrs Boady (Matron) and family, 3 do
Ellen Walls and family, 2
total, 20 adults

Evening Post, 31 August 1874, Page 2
The ship Euterpe, 1,105 tons, Captain Phillips, which has been expected hourly during the last six weeks, at length arrived in this harbor last night after a long passage of 124 days. The delay partly has been caused by an accident to the condenser, which compelled her to put in to the Cape of Good Hope for water. She brings 410 immigrants, all in good health ; two infants died during the voyage, and six births occurred. A seaman was washed overboard last week ; no other serious mishap took, place. Immediately on the ship being signalled, the agents, Messrs Turnbull and Co. at once, although it was Sunday, procured an ample supply of fresh meat and vegetables, collected the drew of the s.s Stormbird, and sent her out to the Euterpe, which she towed safely in by 9 p.m. Messrs Turnbull and Co. deserve great praise for the thoughtfulness and promptitude with which they acted, which we have no doubt will be, duty appreciated both by the immigrants and the Government. The immigrants will not be landed until Wednesday. Sixty will be conveyed to Wanganui by the Stormbird this evening.

West Coast Times, 1 September 1874, Page 2 Wellington
Arrived - Euterpe, 124 days out, from London (27th April). She brings 410 immigrants, equal to 329½ statute adults. All well.

Evening Post, 1 September 1874, Page 2
Port of Wellington. Outwards - per Manawatu. Per Stormbird ; Cabin- Messrs Lorengen, Green, Townsend, Hill, and Millar; steerage, 50 immigrants ex Euterpe, and 1 Maori.

Evening Post, 3 September 1874, Page 2
Per Manawatu; 80 ex Euterpe.

Evening Post, Sep. 1874Evening Post, 7 September 1874, Page 2
Archibald Sinclair, quartermaster on board the Euterpe has been missing since Saturday and serious apprehensions are entertained for his safety.

Evening Post, 9 September 1874, Page 2 Outwards
Per Manawatu; Cabin Mrs Cowell and infant, Messrs Benuie and Duckworth ; 1 steerage, and 6? immigrants ex Euterpe.

Otago Witness, 12 September 1874, Page 10 Wellington
On Sunday last the Euterpe arrived from London, with some 400 immigrants ; next day came the Strathnaver, with as many more ; and the day after the St. Leonards put in an appearance, but fortunately she had only cargo and a lot of cabin passengers. The last 50 of the Reichstag's Scandinavians had only been disposed of the day before the Euterpe arrived. The Barracks are now filled, and so are the Quarantine Buildings on Soames Island. The immigrants by these two vessels are a superior lot of people, but at this period of the year it will tax our powers of absorption to the utmost to find house-room and employment for them all before the Douglas and Cartvale arrive with 800 more. The conduct of the Agent-General in thus crowding ship on ship to arrive at this season can only be explained on the supposition that it is done with an object, and that a malicious one. It also unfortunately happens that the winter is one of the worst ever known in the Province.

Tuapeka Times, 7 August 1875, Page 2
The longest passage from Great Britain recorded during the year is 125 days; the Euterpe (one of Shaw, Saville, and Co.'s line from London to Wellington) having achieved that, questionable distinction. To make amends for this, the steam ship Atrato, belonging to the same company, did the passage in 62 days. For this province alone, 26 vessels arrived during the year, bringing a total of 7,878 persons.

Evening Post, 17 November 1874, Page 2
An immigrant, per the Euterpe, has been distinguishing himself, at Masterton. He recently stole a watch there and decamped. The constable at the district was in pursuit as soon as possible afterwards, and succeeded in running him down in the Forty-Mile Bush. The offender was brought before the Resident Magistrate at Masterton yesterday, and received a sentence of six months imprisonment with hard labor. He was brought into town this morning and lodged in gaol. His name is Michael O'Neill.

North Otago Times, 21 December 1875, Page 2
Loading — At Liverpool for Canterbury: Conflict, Euterpe.

West Coast Times, 1 March 1876, Page 2
The ship, Euterpe, Captain Phillips, belonging to the Messrs Shaw Savill and Co., London, and on a voyage from London bound for Canterbury, New Zealand put into Plymouth Sound, and, information was obtained that a first-class passenger, Captain McBarnett, who belonged to the army, committed suicide after the ship sailed by wounding himself in the throat.

Evening Post, 6 March 1876, Page 2 DEATH.
Suddenly, on the 20th December, 1875, on board the ship: Euterpe, for New Zealand, Cockburn McBarnet, Esq., late Lieutenant 92nd Highlanders, youngest son of the late Alexander M'Barriet, Esq., of Torridon and Attadale, Rosshire, N.B., aged 39.

Evening Post, 10 June 1876, page 3Evening Post, 12 April 1876, Page 2
Lyttelton. 11th April. Passengers
Arrived - The Euterpe, ship, from London, 101 days out, all well.

Evening Post, 1 July 1876, Page 2
Lyttelton 30th June. Sailed.— Euterpe, ship, for London.

West Coast Times, 11 December 1876, Page 2 Arrived at Home.
Euterpe, from Lyttelton at Gravesend, October 5.

Otago Witness, 7 April 1877, Page 11
ARRIVAL OF THE EUTERPE.
The ship seen off the Ocean Beach on Monday has proved the Euterpe. She was then becalmed and drifting with the current to the N.E , but managed to fetch inside of Cape Saunders on the 3rd inst , was then taken in tow by the Koputai, and brought into Port later in the day. As she was in easy trim, we fail to see why the could not have been brought in at once. The Euterpe has had a long passage of 122 days from port to port, and 111 from land to land; but when, as her log book shows-, we state that she battled with, westerly gales from December 2nd, the day of her departure from Gravesend, until January 7th, and out of that time was at anchor in the Downs six days, whilst her tune to the Equator was 58 days, the length of her time is sufficiently accounted for. It was just four years ago on Tuesday since the Euterpe put in her first appearance in these waters, and Capt. Phillips, who then and still commands her, states that the gales in the English Channel were something to be remembered. Whilst she was in the Downs the wind blew with hurricane violence, and barometers fell to an almost unprecedented degree, one glass- an aneroid- registering below 28. The ship took her departure from the land on December 10th, and the weather may be said to have broken when she was off the Canary Islands on January 3rd, and on that day sighted the Peak of Teneriffe. But it blew fresh from S.W. till the 7th, when the wind veered northerly, and gradually merged into the Trade in 22 north on the 10th. It proved but a moderate wind, gave out in 8 north on January 17th, and was succeeded by a spell of doldrums till the S.E. Trade met her in 3 north on January 24th. Four days later she crossed the Line in longitude 23 west, and carried a moderate but leading Trade well from the eastward to 18 south, where it gave out on February 5th, Next day she passed Trinidad in sight, and had light variable winds and fine weather to 39 south, long. 16 west, where the westerlies found her. They were steady and fresh, took her across the meridian of Greenwich February 20th, and that of the Cape four days later, lat. 42 30. Thence she sped across the Southern Ocean with, on the whole, favourable winds ; three days of easterly weather between the sixtieth and seventieth meridians excepted. She made her easting between the 45th and 48th parallels, experienced no heavy weather, and sighted no ice ; crossed the meridian of the Leuwin March 19th ; passed Tasmania on the 28th, and made her landfall at the Snares on the 1st inst. Thence she carried a southerly breeze to Saddle Hill ; was off it next day, and drifted the remainder of the distance to port. The Euterpe brings 2400 tons of general cargo, 7 tons of powder, and some 40 passengers. One death, on February 5th, occurred during the passage, that of Martin Herbordt, second class cabin steward- erysipelas was the cause. Directly after the she was moored, the police flag was hoisted for the arrest of one of the steerage passengers, accused of stealing cargo, in the form of a quantity of preserved milk was arrested on warrant on 5th April.

Otago Witness, 7 April 1877, Page 15
By the Euterpe the Port Chalmers Fire Brigade have 500ft of new leather, hose coming to hand, so that they will not soon be at a loss in so far, as this part of their material is concerned, whenever they have to contend with fire.

Otago Witness, 12 May 1877, Page 5 Magistrates' Court
PORT CHALMERS. Monday, 30th April. (Before Mr T. A. Mansford, R.M.) A Sailor's Row.— E. Lamer, a, seaman belonging to the skip Euterpe, was brought up on the three-fold charge of having been drunk and disorderly, for assaulting and obstructing the police in the execution of their duty, and for carrying an unlawful weapon, to wit, a sheath knife. Constable Livingston deposed to hearing a disturbance in George street late on Saturday night, and, hastening to the scene found the defendant trying to release the man Maitland from the custody of Constable Coffey. The latter told witness to arrest him, and he did so, and upon that the defendant struck him in the face, and kicked him. He, witness, then asked £or help and a Mr Sutton assisted him to arrest defendant and take him to the Station. The defendant used frightful language, and was eventually placed in the lock up. He was under the influence of liquor. Defendant said that all he did was to request Constable Coffey to let him take his mate (Maitland) on board the ship. He had been drinking, and, with regard to the charge of carrying an unlawful weapon, he was not aware how the law stood. — The Bench fined him 5s, with the usual alternative, for the first charge, and for assaulting the Police, 40s, or seven days' imprisonment The charge of carrying an unlawful weapon was dismissed upon the assumption of ignorance of the law on the defendant's part. The Same Row.— Frank Ross, John Briggan, and A. Cameron were each charged with obstructing the police, and inciting the defendants in the above cases to resist them. The charges were proved against Ross and Briggan the former being fined 10s, or in default, to be imprisoned 48 hours, and the latter, who was more demonstrative at the row was fined 20s or to undergo three days imprisonment.

Otago Witness, 2 June 1877, Page 5 Resident Magistrate's Court
R. Bauchop v. Captain Phillips, of the ship Euterpe. This was an action brought to recover the sum of L62 3s, alleged value of damage sustained by a consignment of cement — 249 casks, and one cask short delivered. Judgment was given for the defendant, with costs.

Otago Witness, 6 July 1878, Page 11
Loading and sailed for Otago
Euterpe, 1197, at London, April 8th.

Otago Witness, 21 September 1878, Page 11
ENGLISH SHIPPING. Passengers. Per Messrs Shaw, Savill, and Co.'s Euterpe, Captain Phillips, from London July 3: Saloon—
Samuel Hampton, Mrs Hampton, Miss Dora Hampton,
S Hornby, Jane Hornby
Miss Hawthorne
Edward Baker

Second Cabin —
Charles Hicks
John Agnew
John Scamell
David Rough
Mr Williamson.

Steerage —
Ann Kirton, John Kirton, Thomas Kirton, Ann E Kirton, William Kirton, Alfred Kirton, Beatrice Kirton, Frederick Kirton, Ada Jane Kirton, Johnson Kirton, Minnie Kirton
Thomas H Cunningham, Sarah J Cunningham, Marion Cunningham, William J Cunningham, Sarah Cunningham, Eva B Cunningham, Ada Cunningham, Clara Cunningham, Linda Cunningham, Annie Cunningham, John Cunningham
William Poston
Ed Maraton
Archibald Morgan
George Cook
Robert Irvine, Mrs Irvine, William Irvine
James Crumble
Charles Harden.

Otago Witness, 26 October 1878, Page 10
Euterpe, ship, 1197 tons, Phillips, from London. N.M.A. Company, agents. Passengers: Saloon— Mr and Mrs Humpton, Mr and Mrs Hornby, Misses Humpton, Hornby, Mr Baker. Second cabin — Messrs Hicks, Agnew, Scannell, Williamson, Rough. Steerage— Mrs Kerston and family (10), Mr and Mrs Cunningham and family (9), Mr and Mrs Irvine, Messrs Crumble, Irvine, Harden, Cooke, Morgan, Master, Poston.

Otago Witness, 21 December 1878, Page 6 Masonic
The annual meeting of the Port Chalmers Marino Lodge, No. 942, E.C., was held on Thursday evening, 12th December....After a short recess the brethren present, numbering some 45, were entertained at a banquet provided by Bro. J. Chapman, Chief Steward of the ship Euterpe, who certainly did his put in a most commendable manner. Bro. Chapman presided at the harmonium.

Evening Post, 29 January 1879, Page 2
Port Chalmers 28th January.
Sailed - Euterpe, ship, 1197, Philips, for London with wool. Cargo valued at L90,158. Dalgety, Nichols and Co. agents.

Evening Post, 21 May 1879, Page 2
London, 19th May. Arrived - The ship Euterpe, from Port Chalmers.

West Coast Times, 9 August 1879, Page 2
The Euterpe, which left London for Port Chalmers, has put back to repair slight damage received in a collision with the steamer Telford.

Wanganui Herald, 23 August 1879, Page 2
Wellington, Aug. 22 The ship Euterpe has been repaired, and sailed, for Lyttelton on April 25

Evening Post, 24 September 1879, Page 2
An accident occurred on August 3rd to the ship Euterpe, outward bound for Canterbury with 493 emigrants. While moored to a buoy off Gravesend she was fouled by the s.s. Telford, a large screw steamer, from Colombo, injuring one man and carried away the mizzen boom, steering gear, and poop rails of the Euterpe, causing her to return to dock for repairs; She proceeds on her voyage on the 11th August.

Wanganui Herald, 1 October 1879, Page 2
The Euterpe, for Canterbury, was run into on August 3rd while moored off Gravesend, and sustained considerable damage. She has returned to dock for repairs.

The Star, 26 December, 1879  - A Christchurch newspaper.The Star, 26 December 1879, Page 2 .
Lyttelton. Arrived
Dec. 24 - Euterpe, ship, 1197 tons, Phillips, from London. Edwards, Bennett and Co., agents. W.B. Davis is the surgeon of the ship.
Passengers: Saloon:
Mr and Mrs C.D. Crossby and four children and servant
Mr Hattersley
Mr Pennington
Mr F. Rose
Mr W. Von Keisenbarg
Mr A. Von Keisenberg
and 154 second and third cabin passengers.

Voyage account... [to the left ends with] Passed Otago heads on Dec. 21, and had wind from all quarters chiefly from the north and north-west thence to the Coast. Made the Peninsula yesterday morning and was towed up to an anchorage in the afternoon.
    When in 43 south ?51 east on Nov. -- with the wind south-west, a wave struck the ship, and washed away the main hatch companion, tore away a large ventilator from the deck, flooding the 'tween decks, it also smashed the ventilator skylight on the house, and washed away some of the topgallant bulwarks.

Evening Post, 3 July 1880,
Arrived Home - Euterpe, from Lyttelton, March 20th

Evening Post, 14 October 1880, Page 2
English Shipping. The Antares (821 tons) and Euterpe (1197 tons) were loading at London for Wellington on the 27th August.

Evening Post, 7 February 1881, Page 2
ARRIVAL OF THE SHIP EUTERPE, FROM LONDON. Messrs. Shaw, Savill & Co.'s fine ship Euterpe, from London, was signalled this morning, but as a N.W. wind prevailed, she had not reached our harbor at 3 p.m. The Manawatu went out this afternoon to tow her in. The ship left London on the 25th October, under command of Captain Phillips. Messrs. Levin & Co. are agents for the ship. She brings eight passengers whose names are :— Second Cabin — G. Nauman; steerage — Annie and James Schaafer, Kate Harland, N. Boaker, Miss Lackland, William Robo and Mr. Bishop.

Evening Post, 9 February 1881, Page 2 Wellington
THE SHIP EUTERPE, FROM LONDON.
This vessel was towed in last evening by the steamer Grafton. The Euterpe is a fine-looking ship of 1097 tens register, commanded by Capt. Phillips. She left London on the 25th October, but did not land the pilot, off Start Point, until the 2nd November ; crossed the Equator on the 28th November, and the meridian of the Cape of Good Hope on Christmas Day; Tasmania was passed on the 25th January, and Farewell Spit righted at 11 p.m. on the 5th February. Wellington Heads were made at 8 a m. on Monday, when Pilot Holmes boarded and remained till the vessel was towed in as above-mentioned. There are only eight passengers who have arrived in good health, and whose names we published on Monday. Nothing particularly worthy of note occurred during the passage, which may be termed a fine-weather one. The Euterpe will be berthed at the wharf as soon as the wind moderates. Messrs Levin & Co are agents.

Evening Post, 16 March 1881, Page 2
Entered Outwards. March 16- Euterpe, ship, 1097 tons, Phillips, for Timaru. 18th. The ship Euterpe set sail this morning and left for Timaru at 9 o'clock. She loads at Timaru for London.

Evening Post, 9 April 1881, Page 2
Timaru 8th April. Sailed Euterpe, for London.

West Coast Times, 30 July 1881, Page 2
SHIPPING TELEGRAMS.
London, July 27. Arrived- Gareloch, from Lyttelton, May 10; Mennock, from Lyttelton, May 13; Euterpe from Timaru (8th April).

Evening Post, 17 December 1881, Page 2 English Shipping
Passengers per Messrs. Shaw, Savill Co.'s Euterpe, Captain Phillips, which left London for Wellington on the 23rd October:- Saloon ...same as below.

Evening Post, 8 February 1882, Page 2
ARRIVAL OF THE SHIP EUTERPE, from London. The steamer Westport went out at 11.30 this morning to tow the Euterpe in, and was bringing her up as we went to press. The following is a list of her passengers : - Saloon- Mr, Mrs, Minnie, Dora and Alfred Reed; Misses Boyswith and Hart, Mrs Tronson and Mr Latham. Second Cabin - Mr, Mrs and Annie Royce ; Miss Allan, Mrs Gibson, Messrs Norrell and Godson. Steerage - Eliza Dodson, Sarah Ross, Ann and Alice Freebody, Fanny and Wm. Alldridge, Thomas Moore, W. Neal, W. Silverlock, Henry Beckett, Edwin Little and George Smith.

1853 DESPATCH and 1882 EUTERPE:   p&j.andis   1 March 2000
Looking for any information on William Lucena arrived on the Despatch from Sydney to Port Nicholson 30/12/1853. Also Phillipa Freebody who was in NZ in 1874, with a young baby may have been born at sea. Her husband John Freebody who arrived approx. 1883, also their two daughters Ann and Alice who arrived in NZ on the Euterpe 8th Feb 1882.

Evening Post, 10 Feb. 1882, page 3Evening Post, 9 February 1882, Page 2
This vessel, Euterpe, was brought in by the s.s. Westport at 9 15 last night. During the voyage nothing particularly worthy of note occurred, and the passengers have all arrived in good health. She left Gravesend on the 23rd October, and crossed the Equator on the 26th November; Tasmania was passed on the 28th January, and Cape Farewell was sighted at noon on Sunday last. On the whole the voyage may be termed a fine weather one The Euterpe brings six splendid brood mares for Messrs. Bethune and Hunter, and they have arrived in excellent condition. Captain Phillips is in command of the Euterpe, and Messrs. W.G. Turnbull & Co. are agents. The ship will be berthed at the wharf this evening.

Hawera & Normanby Star, 10 February 1882, Page 2
Wellington, Yesterday. At the Magistrate's Court to-day, the steward of the ship Euterpe, which arrived from London yesterday, was sentenced to three months' imprisonment for broaching cargo.

Evening Post, 10 February 1882, Page 2
Mr. E. Hardcastle, R.M., presided as usual at the Resident Magistrate's Court to-day. A new arrival by the ship Euterpe was fined 5s for drunkenness.

Wanganui Herald, 14 February 1882, Page 2
By the ship Euterpe, from England, which arrived at Wellington on Wednesday last, several brood mares were shipped to Messrs Bethune and Hunter by Mr Douglas McLean (son of the late Sir Donald) for his station at Napier. Messrs Bethune and Hunter have received no particulars regarding the animals, but they are said to be very valuable stock.

Evening Post, 22 February 1882, Page 2
A very handsome testimonial has been shown to us, which was presented to Captain Phillips, of the ship Euterpe, by his passengers on the recent voyage from England to this port. It is an address conveying compliments and good wishes, neatly engrossed by one of the passengers, and very tastefully ornamented with a wreath of roses and ivy beautifully painted by another passenger, a lady. The painting is exceedingly artistic both in design and execution, and the whole forms a pleasing memento, which Captain Phillips will doubtless be much gratified to possess.

Evening Post, 27 February 1882, Page 3
Resident Magistrate's Court
Drunkenness. Joseph Gillespie, belonging to the ship Euterpe, was fined 40s, with the alternative of 14 days imprisonment, this making his third offence of the kind during the present month.

Evening Post, 17 March 1882, Page 2
Departure March 16 at 4 p.m.- Euterpe, ship, 1179 tons, Phillips, for Lyttelton. She loads there for London.

West Coast Times, 20 March 1882, Page 2
Lyttelton, March 18. Arrived — Euterpe, from Wellington

West Coast Times, 1 April 1882, Page 2
Lyttelton, March 30. Sailed — Enterpe, for Dunkirk

Evening Post, 22 August 1882, Page 2
Cable News. London, 19th August. Per Merchant Shipping and Under- writers' Association : - Arrived : From Lyttelton, ships Euterpe (31st March).

Evening Post, 26 February 1883, Page 2
Mr. Jewell, of the s.s. Stormbird, has received a letter from Captain Phillips, of the Euterpe, which arrived at Sydney on the 6th instant with immigrants, stating that the steward, Thomas Underwood, who formerly served on the Stormbird, died of dysentery on the passage out. Captain Phillips speaks very highly of the deceased man, who, it is stated, had a sister and some friends in New Zealand.

West Coast Times, 14 May 1883, Page 2
Several of the immigrant ships which have recently arrived in Australia have had long death-rolls. The Euterpe, with 371 immigrants, had 10 death, of which two were from scarlet fever.

Otago Witness 20 October 1883 page 4Otago Witness, 25 August 1883, Page 3
The British ships Gildershope and Euterpe, bound to San Francisco, are now (July 28) 92 and 91 days out from Newcastle, New South Wales. Neither has been heard from since sailing.

Evening Post, 10 January 1884, Page 2 THE S.S. VICTORY.
The first of the Shaw, Savill and Albion Company's chartered steamers for the direct service, which has yet visited this port, the s.s. Victory, is expected to arrive here from Lyttelton on Saturday. The officers of the Victory are :— Captain, Stephen Elevate; chief officer, J. Darnell ; second officer, G. R. Windus ; third officer, A. W. Rolph; surgeon superintendent, Dr. Norman; purser, Mr. Pembroke, chief engineer, J. Brown ; second, J. W. Medoalf third, J. Mitchell; fourth, E.G. James; refrigerating engineers, C. Nibwon, and J. Shaw, chief steward, J. Chapman, formerly here in the ship Euterpe with Captain Phillips. The Victory is expected to leave for Plymouth direct early next week, previously taking on board at this port 3000 carcases of frozen meat, shipped from Wellington.

North Otago Times, 2 August 1884, Page 3
Dunedin. August 1. At the Heads - Euterpe, from London. All well.

North Otago Times, 3 September 1884, Page 2
The Union company's s.s. Beautiful Star made a special trip to this port yesterday, with over 100 tons of pipes for the Oamaru borough council, transhipped ex Euterpe, from London.

Evening Post, 11 April 1885, Page 2 London, 9th April.
Arrived - Euterpe, from Napier.

Otago Witness, 14 November 1885, Page 12
Auckland, November 7. The Euterpe, Captain Hoyle, from London, reports the death of a passenger of consumption off Three Kings.

North Otago Times, 3 December 1885, Page 2
Auckland Dec. 2 Sailed -Euterpe, for Napier.

North Otago Times, 30 June 1886, Page 2
London, June 28. Arrived - Euterpe (Napier, March 4);

Otago Witness, 17 September 1886, Page 17
SHAW, SAVILL, AND ALBION COMPANY (LIMITED).
List of ships sailed and on the berth for New Zealand. Euterpe to sail August 16.

Evening Post, 13 December 1886, Page 2
Auckland 13th December. Arrived Euterpe, ship, Hoyle, 108 days from London. Passengers- Misses Reilly (2), Mrs Hoyle and family (2), Mr and Mrs Arthur Ramsay and family (3), Messrs Grapes, Murdock, Reid, Hayes, Hoodward, Lewin, Sparrow, Wood, Cotton, Oliver, Winson. Owing to the changeable weather the Euterpe twice grounded while entering the harbour, but the flowing tide speedily floated her off without injury.

L. D. Nathan and Company, Auckland - Piano imported for Methodist Free Church per "Euterpe" - asking it be landed duty free 1886.

Evening Post, 11 January 1887, Page 2
Accident to a Ship.
AUCKLAND, this day. The ship Euterpe, which left for Napier yesterday, put back to Rangitoto Reef this morning on account of an accident which happened last night. The maintopsail yard fell while being hoisted, and was broken in two. A boy belonging to the ship, who was seated on the yard, had a miraculous escape from injury.

West Coast Times, 17 January 1887, Page 2
January 15. The ship Euterpe cleared outwards for Napier, but had to put back owing to adverse weather.

Evening Post, 1 February 1887, Page 2
Lyttelton. 31st January Arrived - Euterpe, from Napier

Evening Post, 29 April 1887. Lyttelton
Sailed - Euterpe, ship, for London.

Evening Post, 11 February 1887, Page 2
Captain Hoyle, of the ship Euterpe (says the Lyttelton Times), has resigned his position, to settle down in the Colony. Captain Borman, late of the Lyttelton, has been appointed in his place.

Evening Post, 12 August 1887, Page 2
London, 10th August - Arrived, ships Euterpe and Theodore, from Lyttelton.

Evening Post, 27 February 1888, Page 2 Melbourne
26th February. Sailed - The ship Euterpe, for New Zealand.

Evening Post, 12 March 1888, Page 2
Port Chalmers, Arrived Euterpe, ship, from Melbourne, in ballast.

Evening Post, 3 May 1888, Page 3
Port Chalmers. 3rd May Cargo per ship Euterpe, for London-4550 bales wool, 120 do rabbitskins, 77 do sheepskins. 20 do basils, 16 do flax, 843 casks tallow, 16 do pelts, 520 cases meat, 50 bags bones, 10 pkgs sundries.

Otago Witness, 4 May 1888, Page 13
An inquest was held at Burnside on Monday morning, before Mr E. H. Carew and a jury of 6ix, touching the death of a lad named Albert Martin, who died on Saturday from injuries received on the 20th inst. Samuel Hancock Martin stated that he was a French polisher, and resided at Bumside. The deceased was his son, and was in the sixteenth year of his age at the time of his death. He worked at Harraway's flourmills. On the 20th inst. witness, who was at home, heard someone shouting, and he immediately went over to the mills, where he saw the deceased in the arms of one of the men. He was speechless, and was taken home at once... Suren Nelson, seaman, belonging to the ship Euterpe, corroborated Mr Henry Wetherhilt, engineer, Pt Chalmers, evidernace, and stated that he was looking at the top of the hill five or six minutes before the accident, when he saw two boys playing outside tht? fence. The Jury returned a verdict " That the deceased died from injuries received through falling accidentally down the Flagstaff Hill."

Otago Witness, 11 May 1888, Page 18
The Shaw, Savlll, and Albion Company's ship Euterpe was towed clear of the heads on the grd inst, and sailed for London. Her cargo consists of 4550 bales wool, 120 do rabbitskins, 77 do sheep skins, 20 do basils, 16 do flax, 643 casks tallow, 16 do pelts, 520 cases meats, 59 bags bones, 10 pkgs sundries. We wish Captain Bowling a speedy and prosperous passage.

Wanganui Herald, 11 August 1888, Page 4
London, August 9. Arrived - Euterpe, ship, from Port Chalmers (May 3.)

Wanganui Herald, 17 December 1888, Page 2
Euterpe, left London 18th October

West Coast Times, 16 February 1889, Page 2
Wellington, Feb. 16. Arrived — ship Euterpe, Captain Bowling, 103 days out from London.

Evening Post, 18 February 1889
The ship Euterpe made the harbour this morning. She left London on the 3rd November ; had NE wind for a few days, thence heavy SE and S gales ; took the NE trades, which proved light, in 27dg N, and lost them in 5dg N ; crossed the Equator on the 32nd day out ; met with light SE trades in 21dg N. which left her in 27dg S; passed within 20 miles of Tristan d'Acunha on Christmas Eve, and met with tine weather to the Cape; made Tasmanian coast on the 4th inst, passed Farewell on the 12th, and. after being buffeted about with SE gale, made the Heads on Friday evening. She brought the following passengers :- Mr and Mrs Knight, Messrs Barnard, Bennett, Drew, Rankin and Baynes. Captain Bowling was presented with a testimonial by the passengers on arrival.

Evening Post, 23 February 1889, Page 2 PORT OF WELLINGTON
Imports - Special charge for consignees' notice.
Ex Euterpe— l cane white French polish, 3 cases Rolls and Linom's knotting, 5 cwt patent dryers, 1 cwt bt. sienna, 2 cases terclino, 5 cwt black paint, 1 case lamp black, 1 case tape, 3 cases glass shades. — Tusrin Bros., 79, Willis-street, Wellington.

Evening Post, 23 February 1889, Page 2
The Rev. Dewdney W. Drew, of Regent's Park College, who arrived in Wellington on Monday last by the Euterpe, will conduct both services at the Vivian-street Baptist Church to-morrow. Mr. Drew has come to the colony in search of health, and has considerably improved by the voyage. He hopes to return to London by the end of the year.

Evening Post, 2 April 1889, page 2Evening Post, 25 May 1889, Page 2
THE MAYOR'S BALL. Amongst the social events recorded the history of the city of Wellington, the ball given by his Worship the Mayor and the Mayoress, on the Queen's Birthday of 1859, to His Excellency the Governor and the Countess of Onslow, will always occupy a permanent position. All sides of the dancing hall wore docked with forests of evergreens, relieved by large mirrors, works of art, portraits of eminent statesmen, while bunting in great profusion overhead and tasteful hangings completed one of the most elaborate schemes of decoration over carried out in a Wellington public building. For the flags the Mayor was indebted to the Union Steam Ship Company, who sent up a large supply from Dunedin, and to the captains of the four large vessels now in harbour— the Euterpe, Eleanor Vernon, Alastor and Peri.

North Otago Times, 1 June 1889, Page 2
WELLINGTON. May 30. The ship Euterpe sailed for Port Pirie to-day with 1500 tons of Westport coal. She was towed out by the Mana on the 31st May.

Evening Post, 12 November 1890, Page 2
Napier, 11 Nov. Arrived - Euterpe, ship, from Melbourne

North Otago Times, 20 November 1890, Page 2
Other vessels in the roadstead are the ships Balclutha, Euterpe, Asterion, and Ethelbert.

Evening Post, 5 January 1891, Page 2
Napier 4th January
Sailed - Euterpe, ship, for London.

North Otago Times, 6 May 1891, Page 2
London, May 4. Arrived Euterpe, from Napier (January 3)

North Otago Times, 15 September 1891, Page 2
Euterpe - Left London on July 15th, for Wellington and Napier.

Evening Post, 26 October 1891, Page 2
The S.S. & A. Co.'s ship Euterpe, Captain Streater, from London, arrived last evening. 103 days. She left on the 13th July, and had moderate variable winds to the Equator, crossed on the 18th August, and continued to the Cape of Good Hope on the 16th of September. Cape Leuwin was passed on the 9th October, Tasmania on the 17th, and our harbour was made as above, after an uneventful passage, fair average weather having been experienced throughout. Having a quantity of powder on board she anchored in the powder ground. Messrs Turnbull & Co. are agents for her. She was berthed at Queen's Wharf in the afternoon 27th Oct.

Evening Post, 4 November 1891, Page 2
Yet more sea captains have become subject to influenza. Captain Streater, of the Euterpe, is the latest patient, and Captain Maxwell, of the Mamari, now on the way from Auckland to Wellington, via Napier, is also laid aside, and has had to secure the services of a coasting pilot. Captain Fernandez, late of the s.s. Triumph, is acting in that capacity.

Evening Post, 9 November 1891, Page 2
IMPORTS. Special charge for consignees' notices. Ex Euterpe— l0 crates and casks china and earthenware.

Evening Post, 25 November 1891, Page 2
The Euterpe finishes discharging to-day, and will anchor in the stream, previous to loading for London.

Evening Post, 2 January 1892, Page 2
THE FIRE BRIGADE BALL. On New Year's night the Municipal Fire Brigade held their eleventh annual ball at the Drillshed, and have every reason to feel gratified at its success. There were fully 250 couples present. The Brigade desire to thank those who lent bunting for decorative purposes, especially the captain of the ship Euterpe.

Evening Post, 13 January 1892, Page 2
The ship Euterpe has completed her loading, and will sail for London with the first fair wind.

West Coast Times, 19 May 1892, Page 2 London, May 17
Arrived ; Euterpe, ship, from Wellington (Jan 16)

Otago Witness, 29 December 1892, Page 26
The annual regatta was held at Port Chalmers on Monday under exceptionally unfavourable circumstances. Ships' Four-oar Race. First prize, £5; second prize, £3. Distance, 2 miles.
Tarawara 1
Waitangi 2
Euterpe 3
This was a good race, and was won by a crew from the Tarawera after a fine contest with the Waitangi's boat, which was manned by apprentices, who, with a little more practice, would probably have led. The Euterpe's boat was also manned by apprentices, and was some distance astern at the finish.

Otago Witness, 2 March 1893, Page 37
The Shaw, Savill, and Albion Company's ship Euterpe has taken in 540 bales wool and 50 casks tallow.

Otago Witness, 6 April 1893, Page 37
The ship Euterpe is fast filling up, having now on board 4140 bales wool and skins, 1000 sacks wheat, 219 casks tallow, in addition to which there is a quantity of wool in the shed for shipment.

Otago Witness, 20 April 1893, Page 37
Departures. April 12. April 13.- Euterpe, ship, 1197 tons, Streater, for London.

Otago Witness, 20 April 1893, Page 37
The Shaw, Savill, and Albion Company's ship Euterpe, was towed clear of the heads on Thursday for London, with the following cargo :— 5252 bales wool, 70 do rabbitskins, 40 do sheepskins, 25 do leather, 2 do glue pieces, 1000 sacks wheat, 144 bags antimony, 156 casks tallow, 58 do pelts, 5 do oil.

Evening Post, 9 September 1893, Page 2
London. 8th September. The ship Euterpe, which left Port Chalmers on 13th April for London, and for the safety of which fears were entertained, was spoken on 6th August in latitude 28 North and longitude 39 West. She was reported all well.

Evening Post, 26 April 1894, Page 2
The local agents have been advised that the ship Euterpe left Greenock for Wellington, via Port Chalmers, on the 11th December, but owing to bad weather did not get clear of the Channel until 1st January.

Evening Post, 30 April 1894, Page 2
The cargo for Wellington by the S.S. & A. Co.'s ship Euterpe, which recently arrived at Dunedin, from Glasgow, consists of 300 tons

Otago Witness, 3 May 1894, Page 36
ARRIVAL OF THE EUTERPE.
The first of the expected Home ships made her appearance off Otago Heads early on Thursday morning in the shape of the Shaw, Savill, and Albion Company's ship Euterpe. She brings 1500 tons of cargo, of which 1200 tons are for Dunedin, and the remaining 300 tons for Wellington. All things considered the Kuterpo has made a very excellent passage out, only 117 days having been occupied between Belfast Bay and Otago Harbour. Of course this would have been considerably lessened had it not been for the continuance of adverse winds and weather which she bas encountered from the outset of her passage. The Euterpe comes into port in very pretty order, and reflects very great credit on Captain Streater and his officers.

Wanganui Herald, 25 May 1894, Page 2
Expected arrivals at Wellington
Euterpe, left Glasgow 11th December (via Port Chalmers)

North Otago Times, 2 June 1894, Page 2 Dunedin
Sailed - Euterpe, for Auckland.

Otago Witness, 7 June 1894, Page 17
June 2. — Euterpe, ship, 1179 tons, Streeter, for Auckland.

Wanganui Herald, 9 June 1894, Page 2
Expected arrivals at Wellington. Euterpe, left Glasgow 11th December (via Port Chalmers)

Evening Post, 19 June 1894, Page 2
Auckland 18th June. Arrived Euterpe, from Dunedin (3rd June)

Evening Post, 28 August 1894, Page 2
Auckland, 28th Cleared - Euterpe, for London

Evening Post, 26 January 1895, Page 2 London, 25th January
Arrived — Euterpe, ship, from Auckland, 29th August.

Evening Post, 22 March 1895, Page 2
Captain Streater, of the ship Euterpe, has been appointed chief officer of the now cargo steamer Aotea, shortly due at Auckland from London.

Otago Witness, 27 June 1895, Page 36
The ship Euterpe left Liverpool on April 9 for Wellington and Dunedin.

Evening Post, 30 July 1895, Page 2
EUTERPE, FROM LIVERPOOL.
The ship signalled off the Heads yesterday afternoon proved to be the Euterpe, 1197 tons, Captain A. Banks, 111 days from Liverpool (9th April). The vessel came in before a strong southerly wind, and anchored in the powder ground about 5.30 pm. Her cargo consist of 1204 tons for Wellington, and a balance for Dunedin, of which 900 packages of gunpowder are included in the former installment. As the vessel was not cleared by the Health Officer until a late hour to-day, we are unable to publish particulars of the voyage for this edition. Levin and Co. are the local agents.

Evening Post, 31 July 1895, Page 2
The ship Euterpe, which arrived in port on Monday afternoon, reports having left Liverpool on the 8th April. Crossed the Equator on the 10th May and experienced S.W. winds with moderate weather till reaching the Cape, crossing the meridian on the 11th June. Experienced a succession of gales, principally from N.N.E. to W. Several large icebergs and small detached blocks were seen. Passed the meridian of Cape Lenwin on 4th instant, sighted the Snares on the 28th, Cape Campbell 29th, sailed into Wellington harbour same day, and anchored in the powder ground at 4 pm. Captain Banks is in command, and the other officers are - G. Richmond, first; P. Mahoney, second ; F. Lauglin, third.

Evening Post, 31 July 1895, Page 2
Dr. James, Health Officer, writes to us in reference to the complaints as to delay in his inspection of the ship Euterpe. He says on taking office he sent a circular to the chief shipping offices asking that he be informed at the earliest possible moment of the arrival of their ships, as he was desirous of studying their convenience. The first notification of the arrival of the Euterpe reached his house at 10 a.m. yesterday, and was reported to him at 1 o'clock, though the vessel had dropped anchor at 4 p m. the previous day, and had previously been signalled from Cape Campbell and from the local signal station. Thus the agents were, or ought to have been, aware of the ship's approach for 18 or 20 hours, yet they did not acquaint him with the fact.

Evening Post, 23 August 1895, Page 2
Lyttelton - 22nd August The ship Euterpe sails for Dunedin to-morrow

Evening Post, 27 August 1895, Page 2
August 27- Euterpe, ship, 1197 tons, Banks, for Dunedin. The ship Euterpe, for Dunedin, was towed out by the Duco this morning.

Evening Post, 2 September 1895, Page 2
The Euterpe arrived at Port Chalmers from Wellington on Thursday afternoon.

Otago Witness, 12 September 1895, Page 3
A serious accident occurred on board the ship Euterpe on the 3rd inst. While Mr Richmond, the chief officer, was superintending the discharging of cargo from the fore hold the pennant from the yard arm tackle carried away, and the gin struck Mr Richmond on the head, inflicting a very severe scalp wound. Mr Loring, of the Railway Ambulance Corps, rendered first aid, after which a medical gentleman attended to the sufferer. The wound, though severe, is not of a serious nature.

Evening Post, 17 September 1895, Page 2
The following vessels of the S.S. & A. Co. will load in the colony for the coming wool season — The Euterpe, now at Dunedin, to load in Napier ; Hermione, at Lyttelton ; Oamaru, at Wellington ; and Westland, probably at Gisborne.

North Otago Times, 24 October 1895, Page 3 Auckland
Captain Streeter, of the ship Euterpe, has arrived by the steamer Pukeha to settle at Auckland.

Evening Post, 18 December 1895, Page 2
Napier. 18th December Arrived, 9.30 pm yesterday. Sailed, 5 am - Euterpe, for London.

Otago Witness, 16 January 1896, Page 21 WRECK OF THE HALCIONE.
ALL HANDS SAVED. Wellington, January 9. At 3 o'clock this morning news was received that the barque Halcione, 90 days out, with a cargo of general merchandise, was ashore at the heads. The vessel made Percarrow light about 8.30 last night. The wind, which had been northerly, had then changed to the south, blowing hard, with flashes of lightning and rain falling. The barque was close land on the eastern side, near the lighthouse, and shortly afterwards was struck by a quail and ran on the rocks in a dangerous position. A heavy swell was running, and Captain Boorman ordered the boats to be cut away. One boat was launched with considerably difficulty, and manned by Mr Joynt (the chief officer) and a crew of five. They came on to Wellington, and, after an arduous pull in a heavy sea, reached town drenched, and requested assistance for the disabled vessel. The Mana was despatched, as soon as possible, having on board Captain Bendall, secretary of the Underwriters' Association. The barque struck the rooks in Fitzroy Bay, and from there the lighthouse was not visible. Captain Boorman was in command. All were landed safely. The officers and crew lost almost everything.... The following are the officers and crew :— Captain Boorman ; chief officer, Mr Joynt (of Christchurch) ; second officer, Mr Farmer (of Blenheim) ; third officer, Mr Wheeler (of London) ; carpenter, Ethington ; sailmaker, A. Jarsen ; steward, Taylor; cook, Neill ; apprentices— Trapp, Collyor, Thompson, and Davis ; crew — Curtis, McDougall, Ewing, Chambers, Beaumont, Logan, and Freeman. Captain Boorman is well known, having previously commanded the Lady Jocelyn, Lyttelton, Euterpe, Akaroa, Oamaru, and lone, all of which traded to the colony. The apprentices are to be distributed amongst the other vessels of the company's float.

Evening Post, 24 June 1896, Page 4
London, 23rd. Sailed— Euterpe, for Dunedin

West Coast Times, 5 October 1896, Page 2
Port Chalmers Oct 4. Arrived. - Euterpe, Capt Banks, 103 days from Glasgow. She passed a quantity of ice between lat. 45. 9 S. long. 67.56 E. and lat. 45.12 S. long. 69-20 E. A of her cargo is for Wellington.

Otago Witness, 8 October 1896, Page 38
The Shaw, Savill, and Albion Company's ship Euterpe, from Glasgow, arrived on Sunday, coming up as far as the quarantine ground, where she anchored, having on board a quantity of dynamite. Owing to her heavy draught of 21ft she will have to lighten before being towed up to Dunedin. The Euterpe is under the command of Captain Banks. She brings some 1600 tons of cargo, part of which is for Wellington, and has made the passage from port to port in 103 days. Another day or so will see the clipper ship Oamaru clear of her Dunedin cargo, and she will proceed to Wellington. Her place at the Victoria wharf will be taken up by the Euterpe, now lying at Port Chalmers.

Evening Post, 29 October 1896, Page 4
The ship Euterpe left Port Chalmers for Wellington at 6 o'clock this morning. She will follow the Zealandia on the wool berth for London.

Otago Witness, 5 November 1896, Page 38 Departure
October 29 — Euterpe, ship, 1176 tons, Banks for Wellington.


John H. Wilson & Co. Liverpool. What is it?

What contributed to the Euterpe being sold?

Evening Post, 8 January 1897, Page 6
The ship Euterpe has received very quick despatch since she was berthed at the Wool Jetty, and the local agents expect to have all her cargo on board by to-morrow evening. As soon as the Euterpe vacates the loading berth, the Invercargill will be brought alongside in readiness to load.

Taranaki Herald, 12 January 1897, Page 2
SHIPPING ACTIVITY AT WELLINGTON. The pressure of shipping being so great at present the men cannot be obtained to keep pace with the work. Work had to be suspended on the Euterpe yesterday for want of hands.

Evening Post, 13 January 1897, Page 4
Loading operations at the ship Euterpe have been delayed by the unusual demands for labour in discharging and loading the big steamers which have been in port during the past two weeks. It is, however, expected that the ship will complete her loading to-day.

Evening Post, 14 January 1897, Page 6
At half-past 8 this morning the body of a seaman was seen floating in the harbour near the ship Euterpe. It was recovered, and found to be that of a seaman on the Euterpe named Patrick M'Laughlan. The deceased was last seen alive at 1.45 a.m. to-day by a mate named Tweedie at the ship's gangway, where deceased was on duty as nightwatchman. He went on duty at 6 p.m. yesterday, and was then sober ; and Tweedie reported that when he saw him at a quarter to two this morning M'Laughlan was still sober.

Evening Post, 15 January 1897, Page 5
An inquest was held yesterday afternoon at the Morgue upon the body of the young man Patrick M'Laughlin, who was found dead in the water at the Railway Wharf yesterday morning. How he got into the water was not known, but there was no suspicion of foul play. The jury returned a verdict of Found Drowned.
Pat McLanchan, night watchman on the ship Euterpe, was found drowned alongside the vessel this morning. When last seen at 1.45 a.m. he was quite sober. The cause of the accident is unknown. At an inquest on the body the evidence showed that though deceased was not drunk at the time of the accident, he had had a drink or two during the evening. The supposition is that he was sitting on the rail, and, dosing off, fell between the ship and the wharf. A verdict of 'found drowned' was returned. The jury suggested the advisability of a regulation for a net being stretched between ships and the wharf from stem to stern, instead of only under the gangway, as at present.

Evening Post, 15 January 1897, Page 6
The Shaw, Savill and Albion Co.'s ship Euterpe has finished her loading for London. She will be hauled into the stream this afternoon, in readiness to sail to-morrow morning if the wind is favourable. Her cargo is as follows : - 3660 bales and 1 bag wool, 21 bales sheepskins, 2 do rabbitskins, 1027 casks tallow, 181 do pelts.

Evening Post, 18 January 1897, Page 4
Jan. 17 — Euterpe, ship, 1197 tons, Banks, for London

West Coast Times, 22 January 1897, Page 2
The extraordinary behaviour of two members of the crew of the ship Euterpe, when that vessel was being towed into the stream at Wellington, created great excitement. When the ship was going past the Railway wharf, the two men — who were considerably more than half-seas over — leaped overboard, and commenced to swim about the wharves. After a few minutes they got into one of the hulk boats, and rowed in different directions about the harbor. They jumped and frolicked about the boat, and it appeared marvellous to those who were watching their antics that the boat did. not capsize. Meanwhile the launch Kate, with a member of the police force on board, went in pursuit of the merry sailors. The launch came up alongside the open boat, but the two voyagers would not let anyone on their craft, keeping them off with the oars. At length a rope was fixed from the boat to the launch and the latter commenced to tow the truant sailors back to their ship. Though the men cut the painter and tried all they knew to prevent the Kate taking them to the Euterpe, they were eventually got on board, apparently none the worse for their lively conduct.


What do you see?


Evening Post, 24 June 1897, Page 4
Some uneasiness having been felt for the safety of the barque Euterpe, which left Wellington for London on 17th January, it may be stated that she has arrived at her destination, after a protracted voyage of 138 days.

Otago Witness, 22 July 1897, Page 46
Euterpe, arrived London 28th May

Evening Post, 4 October 1897, Page 6
The Shaw, Savill, and Albion Co.'s ship Euterpe was for sale when the Mamari left London.

Evening Post, 4 October 1897, Page 4
The Mamari is timed to leave Wellington for London on 18th November. Captain Levack is still in charge, and the other officers are- Mr Banks, late master of the ship Euterpe; second, Mr Armand ; third, Mr Cross (late Rangatira) ; fourth, Mr Beedwell (late of Euterpe) ; chief engineer, Mr M'Pherson ; chief refrigerating engineer, Mr Turner ; chief steward, Mr Robinson.

Evening Post, 17 November 1897, Page 6
The ship Euterpe bas been chartered to load at Glasgow for Dunedin and Wellington.

Evening Post, 11 March 1898, Page 4
The Shaw, Savill and Albion Co is gradually getting rid of its sailing ships. We learn privately that an old favourite trader, the ship Euterpe, which left Glasgow on 1st December for Dunedin and Wellington, has been purchased by Messrs J. J. Moore and Co, of San Francisco. She will be handed over to her new owners on her arrival at Newcastle from New Zealand, and will load at the former place with coal for San Francisco.

Evening Post, 28 March 1898, Page 4
Port Chalmers, 27th March Arrived — Euterpe, 1197 tons, ship, Captain Longmuir, from Glasgow (29th Nov.)

Otago Witness, 7 April 1898, Page 23
A seaman named Maclear, of the ship Euterpe, while engaged on the main-topgallant yard on Monday, 28th ult., when the vessel was lying in the quarantine ground, by some means fell into the water, a distance of between 80ft and 90ft. One of the apprentices named Hodgson, who saw the mishap, at once pluckily jumped overboard and got hold of Maclear and held him up until the lifeboat was lowered from the ship, when the two, who had floated some distance away, were got into the boat, which at once proceeded up the harbour as far as H.M.S. Tauranga, but as the doctor was not on board. Captain Browne had Maelear removed into the steam launch and conveyed to Port Chalmers, where he was attended to by Drs Cunninghame and Hodge, and subsequently removed to Waters's Hotel. Maclear is progressing favourably.

Evening Post, 21 April 1898, Page 4
Port Chalmers, 20th April Sailed Euterpe, ship (5.30 pm), for Newcastle. The ship Euterpe put out the last of her cargo on Saturday, and completed preparations for sea. She goes from this port to Newcastle, and will there load for San Francisco.

Otago Witness, 21 April 1898, Page 19
The magisterial inquiry into the circumstances connected with the collision between the Wakatipu and the Laira at the Victoria wharf, Dunedin, on the 2nd inst., was resumed on Thursday afternoon, Mr Carew, S.M, presiding, with Captain Boyd as nautical assessor. The Wakatipu left Port Chalmers before the Koputai and Pucky, which were towing the Euterpe. Pilot M'Donald told witness that the Euterpe was drawing 20ft. The Euterpe passed - Port Chalmers two hours after the Wakatipu.
To Mr Chapman : He did not know that the Euterpe took the ground at Dunedin. At about half tide the tide 7 would rise about a foot per hour in the gauge. It all depended on the weather. He had seen it rise 18 inches in the gauge.

Otago Witness, 28 April 1898, Page 16
One of the discharged sailors from the Euterpe appeared to have had a bad time of it early on Sunday morning. When the steamer Invercargill was berthed alongside the wharf about 4 o'clock the captain went ashore. He heard piteous moans arising from somebody in the water, and, securing the help of the-watchman, rescued the individual. He turned out to be one of the Euterpe's crew. It appeared that he got under the influence of liquor and went down the wharf, falling overboard in the dark. He was charged at the Police Court on Monday with drunkenness, and was fined 5s, with the alternative of 24- hours' imprisonment. Mr O'Reilly, who appeared for him, stated that the man had been in the water for over a hour, but this seems hardly possible. Counsel doubtless drew a little on his imagination in order to secure for his client a mitigation of the penalty.

West Coast Times, 29 April 1899, Page 2
The Shaw Savill Company has sold the vessels Crusader, Euterpe, Glenlora and Hudson.

Evening Post, 1 May 1899, Page 6
Capt. M'Dougall, of the ss Mamari, who has been appointed Marine Superintendent of the Shaw Savill and Albion Company in the South Island, is one of the oldest-service captains the fleet. He was for many years trading between New Zealand und the Old Country, when in charge of Messrs. P. Henderson & Co.'s ships Jessie Readman and Auckland. His first steamer under the Shaw, Savill and Albion Company's flag was the Matatua, and subsequently he was in charge of the Aotea (for a trip) and the Tainui and Arawa at the time of their charter to the Spaniards. Captain M'Dougall will at once enter upon his new duties, and Captain Banks, formerly in charge of the ship Euterpe, and now chief officer of the Mamari, will take the latter vessel Home, when a permanent appointment will he made.

Evening Post, 4 August 1900, Page 6
The ship Euterpe, formerly a constant trader to this colony under the flag of the Shaw, Savill and Albion Co, and which was afterwards sold to Hawaiians, has again changed hands. She is now registered as an American vessel.

Evening Post, 30 October 1900, Page 4
A vessel well-known in New Zealand waters when she traded under the flag of the SS and A Co— the ship Euterpe — was recently stranded on the reef near Kahului. She was subsequently towed off and brought to Honolulu by a tug, which was paid £2000 for its services.

Otago Witness, 24 July 1901, Page 50
We are always pleased to hear of any young New Zealander doing well, and the friends of Mr E. Iles (who about six years ago joined the Shaw, Savill Company's ship Euterpe, and latterly with the British India Company trading in the East) will he glad to know that word has been received by his parents in Dunedin that he has been successful in passing his examination in London as master. It is still more gratifying to hear that out of six candidates who presented themselves the only two that were successful hail from New Zealand — the subject of this note and Mr W. Runert?.

Wanganui Herald, 19 August 1901, Page 3
London Market Wheat. The Euterpe's cargo has been sold at 28s 6d.

Otago Witness, 19 September 1906, Page 2
DEATH OF CAPTAIN STREETER.
Auckland, September 16. Captain R. Streeter who was injured recently by an accident on board the Ayrshire, died last night. Captain Streeter was well and favourably known in Dunedin shipping circles, having, been in the Shaw, Savill, and Albion Company's service for many years, during which, he commanded the ship Euterpe and the barque Lutterworth. He was for some time chief officer of the Aotea, leaving the latter vessel to become a partner in the firm of Nearing and Co., stevedores -Auckland.

Evening Post, 27 December 1902, Page 4
Particulars have been received of the loss of the' ship Euterpe and the rescue of the crew. It appears that when the steamer Rydal Hall was a few days out from Birkenhead she saw a ship 'Which appeared to be in a cloud of smoke. The steamer made for her, but before she could get up the vessel foundered. Two boats were lowered, and picked up the captain and many of the crew, who were much exhausted. The vessel's name was Euterpe, with 2000 tons of coal. It appears that a sudden explosion occurred, the decks being blown up. The second officer was forward, and five of the crew painting, and these must have been blown to atoms. It was impossible for the' men aft to get forward. The third officer was asleep in his bunk. He was injured, and died after rescue. One boat was lowered and immediately swamped,' and it was impossible to get at the remaining boat. The crew at the forecastle were well provided with lifebelts, but there were none for those aft. The captain and wheelman gave belts to two who could not swim. Altogether 19 of the crew were rescued, 'and were landed as Las Palmas.

Evening Post, 8 February 1905, Page 5
Mrs. J. Thompson died at her residence at Palmerston North on Sunday last. Mrs. Thompson, who was the mother of Mr. T. J. Thompson, of the Government Printing Office, arrived in New Zealand by the ship Euterpe thirty-one years ago.

Evening Post, 22 May 1909, Page 9
OLD TIMES. SHIPS AND PILOTS. REMINISCENCES OF BYGONE DAYS. You see them on the Quay sometimes and sometimes on the harbour front, when the weather is fine and mild, the old-timers, the pioneers of Wellington, walking over ground where in then youth was water, through streets in their time mean with dingy shanties, but now dignified ___ lofty edifices, and on wharves that have spread like a marine growth under their very eyes, until they have quite transformed the seaward face of the city. And sometimes the veterans pause in the shelter of some shed on an outlying wharf and with misty eyes survey the altered scene. If you should approach them then — and they are more approachable than a newer generation — they will, perhaps, if you are sympathetic, for a moment raise the curtain of the past, and in resuscitated memories bring back something of the old days. Especially interesting, if they have followed the sea, as many of them have, and their recollections of the sailing ship era and the men who then went down to the sea to meet those ships, and introduce them to a hospitable port. ....
ORDER CHANGED. About fifteen years ago the outside pilots were brought into port and the Worser Bay station fell into desuetude. The era of steamers had come to stay, and telephones had been perfected to that communication with the signal station at Beacon Hill was sufficient notice for a pilot to go by tug or other steam craft and bring the liner in. With that a great deal of what we call the romance of things disappeared for ever. There was no more of the great tower of canvas overshadowing the little open boat in the wide waters. It became steamer and steamer. It signified the end of the old days and the beginning of the new, and was contemporaneous with the modern development of Wellington. With the old sea-marks vanished the old land-marks. The great clippers, the Halcione, the Euterpe, the Lady Jocelyn, the Invercargill, and a score of others, whose names are still on the lips of old sailors, but are unknown to the man in the street, gave place to the freezing ocean-tanks, and the face of things was changed. Only the sea remains the same. That is why memories of older days are pleasant, now that the days are past and their spirit almost beyond recall.


Star of India - the centrepiece of the San Diego Maritime Museum

Very few emigrant ship survived longer than fifty years. The Edwin Fox, built 1853, a wooden hull vessel and the Star of India, 1197 tons, built 1863, an iron hull vessel, are the only New Zealand emigrant vessels still afloat today. When she was built, she was only expected to last about 12 years. The wooden ships after five years could not be driven hard due to the years of strain.  North American softwood vessels became sluggish in light winds due to water absorption.  Ships started to dispense with the mast and sail when twin screw propellers became efficient.  Speed increased speed and the ability for vessels to maneuver.  Electricity and refrigeration was introduced.  By 1882 most emigrant vessels were steamships and losses still occurred as speed and fog was a dangerous combination. Euterpe launched at Ramsay Shipyard, Isle of Man in 1863, 1197 tons, 205 feet long, 35 feet wide, iron ship, was renamed Star of India, in 1906 when it was purchased by The Alaska Packers Association which had a fleet of nineteen "Stars".  During her long career at sea, the ship on one occasion was stranded on a tropic reef, on another frozen solidly into the ice of the Bering Sea. By 1923, steam began to rule, and many working sailing ships were laid up in ports. She made eighteen voyages to New Zealand and is on display at the San Diego Maritime Museum.  Reporter Jerry MacMullen scraped up $9,000 to buy the Star in 1926. On July 9, 1927, Star of India came to San Diego. It was Alan Villiers, a British lecturer on tall ships, visit to San Diego in 1957 that more or less saved the Star/Euterpe. She had been purchased as a museum, but for the most part the concept went nowhere and she deteriorated quite badly. Via the San Diego Union-Tribune, Villers lambasted the city in its neglect of her. He held such respect in the city that his words overnight turned the Star into a community project and source of pride.  Dubbed the Euterpe after the Greek goddess of music, it has made at least 21 circumnavigations. and it is the world's oldest active ship. She began her sailing life with two near-disastrous voyages to India. On her first trip she suffered a collision and a mutiny. On her second trip, a cyclone caught Euterpe in the Bay of Bengal, and with her topmasts cut away, she barely made port. Shortly afterward, her first captain died on board and was buried at sea. Finally, in 1976, the three-masted, black-hulled fully restored ship put to sea for the first time in 50 years under the command of Captain Carl Bowman, former skipper of the Coast Guard's tall training ship Eagle.  A complete set of new sails costs between $90,000 and $100,000 in 1984.

Star of India, 1492 N. Harbor Drive, downtown opened as an aquarium.  The ship had been at San Diego harbor since 1926, in the estuaries of Alameda and Oakland to waste away, when it was sold to the San Diego Zoological Society to become the centerpiece for a planned museum and aquarium. At first, the Star was the responsibility of the Zoological Society of San Diego. Docked at the foot of Ash Street, the Star was open to visitors at 25 cents each. A zoo committee also held fund-raisers, such as a performance of Gilbert & Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore." There also were "pirate" parties, high school socials and unannounced visits from the vice squad.  In 1957,the restoration project begin. Back in the days when the Euterpe really did sail the ocean, passengers put on amateur shows as entertainment according to the ship's log. They sang songs, maybe even ones by Gilbert and Sullivan. Today plays are performed onboard, living history tours with an overnight stays for fourth graders and  knot-tying demonstrations and scrimshaw carving, sail-handling lessons, on-board rope-makers and even special Halloween parties are planned. Over 7,000 students in grades three through eight will come aboard annually and more than 200, 000 visitors are expected in 2008. A typical sailor's berth is included in the exhibits. She goes to sea at least once a year manned by volunteers who train all year. Creating a tradition for future sails, an official post office was established on board, enabling guests and crew to send mail marked "Posted at sea, aboard the bark Star of India."  There was a a collectible stamp cachet to honor Star of India's birthday.

14 May 1988
The Toronto Star
Isle of Man: Four stamps and a souvenir sheet were issued on May 11 to recall famous sailing ships built on the island over 125 years ago. Portrayed are the two-masted clipper schooner Vixen, which sailed to Australia during a gold rush in 1853; the three-masted Ramsey, used from 1863 on to take Manx emigrants to Australia; and the three-masted Euterpe, which was renamed the Star of India in 1906. The Star of India has been completely restored and is in the Maritime Museum in San Diego, Calif.

Plans to sail the Star need financial help
By Herbert Lockwood
29 July 1993 San Diego Daily Transcript Pg. 1

Guest of honor Malcolm Francis and his wife Loren, and Janice Bonnett and her husband Alex are being flown here by Air New Zealand. The two couples will, in addition to their sail on the Star of India, attend America's Finest City Week events, the Maritime Museum's Gala Charity Banquet, a VIP press reception and a San Diego/New Zealand Business Association reception in their honor. Both visitors submitted 500-word stories of their ancestors' trip on the Euterpe, culled from accounts penned by the voyagers. Malcolm Francis told of two sisters, Elizabeth Harper, his great-grandmother, and her sister Matilda, who emigrated on Dec. 7, 1872 aboard the Euterpe. The trip took 117 days. The vessel carried four cabin passengers, four second-cabin passengers and 98 steerage passengers. Single men were at one end of the vessel, single women at the other, with families in a buffer zone between. Cramped conditions with salt and fresh water pouring through cracks in the decks must have made the trip uncomfortable. One person died and three babies were born. The vessel finally reached Otago Harbor on April 3, 1873.

Several years later Mary Jane Tichbon boarded the Euterpe with her husband Thomas and two sisters. The vessel left London on Aug. 1, 1879, immediately collided with another ship. By Aug. 13 repairs had been made and they headed down the Channel. Janice Bonnett quoted from her great-grandfather Thomas Tichbon's account of Friday, Dec. 12: "Fine weather, but very cold. Head winds still blowing. Tacking about. Exhibition of rats killed this morning in the quarterdeck hung and ribbons tied on them. 6:30 p.m. cries of "Land Ho!" Trust there will be no rats when the visitors tour the Star of India.

Brenda Collingwood of Tauranga, whose husband's grandmother even bore the ship's original name: Selina Euterpe Robinson. She was born on Euterpe during a passage from England in the 1870s -- then stolen from the ship by natives, but returned unharmed.

Skeptical Inquirer | 1 September 2004

The Star of India has a very special atmosphere and if you stand on the decks you can't help but sense the spirits of the seamen and passengers who sailed on her. In October 2001-accompanied by a group of local skeptics, a newspaper reporter, and a television crew boarded the Star for a private nighttime pre-Halloween investigative tour. On board were unmistakable "ghosts"-each dressed in a period costume for the occasion. Three scenes-each supposedly reflecting a real, recorded tragedy aboard the Star of India-were dramatized. These "scary yarns" told about a lad who fell from atop the main mast, a Chinese sailor who was crushed by the ship's heavy anchor chain, and a drunken immigrant who committed suicide by slashing his throat.

16 October 1999
The San Diego Union-Tribune
The ship's logbooks, records and passenger diaries offer some possibilities.
In 1909, a Chinese fisherman was found dead under mysterious circumstances in the middle deck locker where the Star of India's massive anchor chain is stored.
      In 1874, a young boy named John Campbell was discovered stowed away during a passage of emigrants to New Zealand. The child was fond of playing a tag-like game in which the figure "S" is traced on a player's back. He joined the crew to "earn" his passage, but slipped from the rigging and fell to his death on the deck.
     In 1875, when the ship was called Euterpe, an Army captain named F. McBarnet slit his throat in a first-class cabin. He was found unconscious but still alive, so the ship's doctor stitched the wound and placed him in the first mate's cabin. When the patient awoke, he tore out the stitches and bled to death.

Star Of India The Log Of An Iron Ship.
Hardback, dj by Jerry MacMullen with Foreword by Captain Alan Villiers. As monument to the glory days of sail, the Star of India, when her restoration is complete, will be available to the public view. San Diego is her final berth and fittingly so, since that port has ever been maritime minded, her citizens eager to preserve the romantic past. Built for the colonial trade and christened Euterpe, she was launched at Ramsay, Isle of Man in 1863. She is afloat today because she was constructed of iron, and so has withstood a century of varied weather and climate. Jerry MacMullen, a reporter for The San Diego Union (his father was editor), proved the driving, ever-present force behind the effort until he died in 1981. He and four other men gathered around a fire at the San Diego Yacht Club and read about a New York group's efforts to save a similar ship and decided they could do it, too. There began the search for a retired sailing landmark, which led to the Star of India, $9,000. By 1927, MacMullen took the next step by imploring his father to ask James Wood "Sunny Jim" Coffroth, head of the Agua Caliente Race Track in Tijuana, for advice on how to raise the money. MacMullen wrote, "For some moments Sunny Jim was silent. `There's only one way that I can think of,' he said, as he slowly pulled open his desk drawer and got out a checkbook. He scribbled industriously, then tore off the slip of paper and handed it to (the editor). It was a check for $9,000."

The Times | February 29, 1964

Start of a Second Century at Sea by Alan Villiers

She had a for lower tops'l set when I saw her, lying in a corner at the embarcadero in San Diego . The bright Californian sunshine floodlit the high rigging and the spacious old decks. The long jib-boom reached incongruously towards a tuna clipper. Training jets roared overhead, and a big boat was taking off nosily from the harbour. The Star of India, I read on her bows and counter. The Stars and Stripes fluttered from her gaff, and the house-flag of the Alaskan Packers Company was flying at the main.

To me she was the old Manxman Euterpe, built at Ramsey, Isle of Man, and launched on November 14, 1863. Now it was November 14, 1963, and, restored and rerigged (as a barque, not as the ship she originally was), she was being "rededicated" for her second 100 years. After a century afloat she could scarcely be relaunched. She had not set a sail for 40 years, until this day that fore lower tops'l was spanking new. It set well and pulled bravely, in the light offshore wind; the old ship tugged at her bow ropes, trying to point her figurehead towards the sea as if she were anxious to sail again.

The rededication ceremonies took the form, mainly, of a television programme, conducted by a capable and loquacious young man with a throat microphone, and large lenses, staring at his every move. With him, a group of us went on board and looked around, and I learnt her story, how she was built of iron for Liverpool owners in the Indian trade and , after a voyage or two in that, passed to the ownership of the Shaw Savill Line for their New Zealand trade. In a quarter of a century she served that well, carrying general cargo and migrants outwards round Good Hope, cargo and passengers home again by the way of the Horn.

HAD THEIR DAY

By the turn of the century sailing ships had had their day as passenger carriers or cargo-liners.. The Euterpe was sold to the Hawaiian flag for a few years she was familiar in the trans-pacific trades- pacific slop lumber to Australia, Newcastle, N.S.W., coal to Honolulu; sugar back to the west coast. But the same crew could handle two schooners twice her size, in that trade winds sailing. By 1906 she had passed to those last employers of big square-riggers in the Pacific, the Alaskan packers Association of San Francisco.

The association packed salmon; ships were their floating canneries, transports, and dormitories. They maintained a fleet of between 20 and 30 barques, four-masted barques, and full-rigged ships, which made one annual voyage between San Francisco and the salmon-catching waters of Alaska. The ships sailed up and they sailed back again, when they were full. There were hazards from ice, poor roadsteads, and sudden storms.

MARITIME MUSEUM

The sailers were all named Stars of some country or other. As she had been built for the Indian trade, the Euterpe became the Star of India. She sailed backwards and forwards between Alaska and San Francisco, taking cannery supplies and 250 fishermen north to Bristol Bay and, at the end of the season, a hold full of canned salmon south again. All this time, of course, she had no power. Big square riggers caught in ice off Alaska or on some dangerous lee shore there were easily lost. With her plodding luck, the Star of India did well enough. But by the early 1920s she was laid up. Many of her sisters crossed the pacific to Japan to be broken up. One or two briefly joined Hollywood 's "movie" fleet, or the gambling ships which used to lie at anchor outside territorial limits off Long Beach .

The old ship was spared these fates. Instead, she came to San Diego in 1923, bought by an imaginative local citizen who had the idea of making her into a maritime museum. But two major depressions halted that scheme -the postwar and the 1929. Even the iron spars and the stout teak decks of the Euterpe began to rust and rot away..

In the Second War World San Diego became an important air base. Huge air fields usurped hundreds of acres of law land on an island in the harbour and in a flat corner of the city. The old square-rigger's mainmast was only 140 feet high, but soon her rigging was declared an unacceptable obstruction to aircraft coming in to land at both airports. So some naval riggers came aboard to send down her top-gallant masts. Scorning the ways of sailing-ship seamen who could easily have sent down both masts in an orderly and seaman-like fashion in a morning, these experts brought acetylene torches and burnt the iron mast through, causing their ruin.

DETERMINED MAN

As a matter of fact, that saved the ship's life," Mr Jerry MacMullen told me (and the television viewers). Jerry has long taken a leading part in the move to restore the barque, a lengthy and for years scarcely a rewarding affair. "It took a long time, but after the war we agitated through our local members in Congress that the U.S.N. should be required to make good this damage. In the middle of 1960 Congress voted us -at last - $23,000, to restore and rerig those masts. It wasn't much, but with that $23,000 to begin with we borrowed another $20,000, and went on from there."

The example of another old British ship, the Balclutha, restored and rerigged at San Francisco was considerable encouragement. The Balclutha is an old Clydesider, built in 1886, which also finished her working days for the Alaskan Packers, where she sailed as the Star of Alaska. A bright and determined young man named Karl Kortum, who had some wartime experience as member of the crew of the American barque Kaiulani, planned her restoration when she lay neglected on the mud flats in San Francisco Bay in the early 1950s. With some fellow enthusiast from the Kaiulani and - at first- no money at all, he set about restoring the ship almost single handed.

Unlike the Euterpe, whose thick iron plates are almost as good now as the day they were built into her, the Balclutha is a steel ship. Some plates were paper-thin. Her steel masts were bad in many places. But Karl Kortum's enthusiasm and single-mindness drew a response from San Francisco 's sea-minded citizens. Welders, riggers, shipwrights, caulkers, steel-workers volunteered their weekends. Old seamen from the Cape Horn ships rolled down to the waterfront to help, all for nothing. A dry-dock company gave the ship a free berth. Firms donated wire, cordage, spun-yarn, stockholm tar and all the other necessities for a square-rigger's rigging.

TOURUST RESORT

It took time, but by 1954 the Balclutha was refurbished in her full-rigged ship glory. The city gave her a permanent berth near the famous Fishermen's Wharf, one of San Francisco 's many tourist attractions. The citizen's, appreciating the remarkable gesture on the part of 18 of their labour unions (not previously noted for much civic co-operation, between then donated 13,000 hours of free labour), flocked to visit the ship. Tourists learnt about her and added to the crowds. The Balclutha has stood at her berth now for 10 years and her success has been remarkable. On visitor's fees alone she has earned between $90,000 and $100,000 a year. She maintains not only herself but contributes largely to the upkeep of San Francisco 's Maritime Museum close by, where Karl Kortum is the director.

San Diego is a tourist resort, too. The Star of India, ex-Euterpe, is already proving quite an attraction. There is something appealing about the old sailing ship's decks and the symmetrical sweep of her tidy rigging, and the high, airy 'tween decks where the New Zealand -bound passengers lived in her Shaw Savill days make an excellent maritime museum. Her value to schools and as part of the California tradition is obvious, too.

To this pair of the old British sailing ships preserved in pacific ports there is now a plan to add a third. The iron four masted full-rigged ship Fall of Clyde, long a dismasted oil depot ship in Alaskan waters, was towed from Seattle to Honolulu a few weeks ago-free, by a large tug provided by the U.S.N. - to be restored there, in due course, to her unusual rig. Her hull is in good shape. The right experts - including the ubiquitous Karl Kortum -are organizing the rerigging. It is expected that she will prove a self-supporting tourist and museum attraction too.

Diaries -reference ATL

Diary of John Griffiths (b. 1853) 5 Dec. 1875 to 11 April 1876 to Lyttelton Alexander Turnbull Library MS-Papers 4262. John Griffiths and his father, David, both blacksmiths by trade, emigrated from Wales to New Zealand on board the `Euterpe' in December 1875. The Griffiths travelled as third class passengers. The ship landed in Lyttelton on 11 Apr 1876. Griffiths and his father travelled to Wellington, and on to Nelson via Picton, where they both found work. Griffiths recorded climatic conditions, fauna, shipboard entertainments and events. Later entries discuss employment opportunities etc in Nelson and on the West Coast. Diary published in Euterpe / compiled and edited Craig Arnold. (Maritime Museum Association USA, 1988)

Diary of J. Charlesworth  2 Aug. 1879 - 24 Dec. 1879 & 1 to 14 copies of The Euterpe Times, ship's newspaper ATL, Wellington, NZ, MS -Papers 4564 /  The diary describes the weather, activities on board and the difficulties the ship encountered on the voyage. Accompanying the diary, also in Charlesworth's hand, are copies, numbered 1 to 14, of the newspaper produced on board the ship called `The Euterpe Times'. This newspaper gives detailed news on the progress of the ship, activities and happenings on board, notices and other information about the voyage and the passengers. The diary and newspaper were sent by Joshua Charlesworth (1860-1925) to his parents and are accompanied by the covering letter, dated 10 Jan 1880 from Charlesworth to his parents in which he gives a general overview of the voyage and his arrival in New Zealand.  Excerpts from this diary appear in `The Hallam Family' by Janice Bonnett.
Stead Ellis, author of the Euterpe Times. A Shipboard newspaper 1879. His boys were Percy, Harold and Claude. The Euterpe Times feathered poems and stories about emigrant life. The scribe was Joshua Charlesworth and he wrote the Euterpe Times issues by hand. He also wrote a diary.

Diary of George James Lister (1854-1919) 29 July 1879 to 24 Dec. 1879  London to Lyttelton -copy in the Wellington Maritime Museum 565/76 and ATL MS-Papers 1820.
 1 folder(s) (55 leaves). Lister was born at Great Broughton, Cumberland, England and travelled to London by train; visited various religious services in the city, including Spurgeon's Tabernacle, and observed the collision between the `Euterpe' and the `Talford' before departure. He was a founder member of the weekly Bible Class held on board. The diary describes shipboard life as experienced by a second class passenger, and his first impressions of NZ. The diary contains numerous quotes from the shipboard newspaper of events on the journey.  He is a detached observer of social relations, entertainments and events on the ship. The Lister saga - Cumberland to Clive  - The family history includes the history includes a typescript of his diary kept aboard the ship and background notes relating to the story of the diary.

 Following are quotes (in original spelling) from the Lister diary:
"Sunday, very calm, scarcely moveing. And Albatroses and Molly Hawks were very nice swimming around the ship. At dinner time we got fresh pork roasted and fresh spudds which went very high for a change ...
"Our provisions are rather scarce now, and they only give us a day's rations out at a time. So some of the passengers are at work makeing snares to cach rats. There are thousands of rats and a few of the passengers makes Rat Pies ... "

In the evening, a concert was held in the Main ____. You will think that the time passes away dull on board ship, but it is not on board the Euterpe, for at night there are concertinas, fiddles, & fifes... So there are playing, singing and drumming going on until about twelve o'clock. I am sure if we were on land they would think we were all heathens. George Lister's diary Nov. 28, 1879

Rev. Henry Brown Burnett,  1836-1912 Presbyterian minister; Moderator in 1890. Arrived in NZ with his wife and three children in 1874 on the `Alhambra'. Travelled from New Zealand to England on board the `Euterpe', 1892 and returned ca 1893. Diary Jan-May 1892 on microfilm at ATL MS-Papers-3700 / Micro-MS-115/ Micro-MS-0115 describes preparations for and voyage from New Zealand to England on the sailing ship `Euterpe'  Transcription of diary kept by Rev Henry B. Burnett while in Wellington beginning with his preparation for a voyage from New Zealand to England on the `Euterpe' in 1892 and the voyage itself. He describes visiting his family in Westport prior to sailing on 15 January and wrote fairly regularly though not daily in his diary of events at sea, his physical condition, land passed, port visited, the weather and related matters. He suffered from asthma and sea sickness. Donated to the ATL by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, per Mr Mark Allen, Dec 2003

Euterpe: Diaries, Letters & Logs of the Star of India As a British Emigrant Ship Published 1988  Maritime Museum Assn. of San Diego  ISBN: 0944580068


Figurehead with a fresh coat of paint.

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R. Tucker Thompson
Country: New Zealand
Length: 85 feet
Type: Gaff-rigged schooner
A working replica of a halibut schooner, the R. Tucker Thompson was hand-built by craftsmen in New Zealand. Since its launch in 1985, it has sailed around the world.

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