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'Fernglen'

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to Nelson in 1876  

Star 22 December 1874, Page 2
The Fernglen.— On Oct. 27, Messrs Blumer and Robson launched at their yard at North Dock, Monkwearmouth, an iron sailing shin, named the Fernglen, and intended for the emigrant trade between this country and New Zealand. The chief dimensions of the ship, which is exceptionally fine in model, are 185 feet between perpendiculars, 32 feet beam, 19 feet depth of hold, and about 850 tons nett tonnage. The vessel has been built to the order of Mr E. B. Porrett, ship owner, of Sunderland, and will be commanded by Captain Fraser, formerly master of the Ferndale, also owned by Mr Porrett, and engaged in the same trade. The Fernglen, which is the first vessel of its class registered at Sunderland for the emigrant trade, will be provided with steam winches, condensor, and all latest improvements, and will afford accommodation for about 270 emigrants, and 14 cabin passengers, exclusive of the crew. She has been classed 100 A, and will be ship-rigged. — Ibid.

The fine iron clipper ship, Fernglen, 818 tons, W. Frazer, Commander, arrived on 21 May 1876 with 189 souls on board = to 162 statute adults. She brought immigrants for Nelson, Marlborough and Westland. The Fernglen went on to Wellington and Lyttelton.

Reference: Family Search browse Nelson 1876
The above a site only has five pages: a cover, index image 2, passenger list images 3 & 4 and image 5 being blank. There are only 75 passengers listed in The West Coast Times, 56 from the Nelson Evening Mail also 35 of those passengers [pdf 280K] listed on the FamilySearch site - adults children and babies listed. Search site so we are missing 58 passengers. Where are the other passengers?

Nelson Evening Mail, 5 April 1876, Page 2
The Fern Glen is now 73 days out, and being a new ship her arrival may be for shortly. The number of immigrants on board, is 189, fifty-three are for Nelson and the remainder for other provinces. The following is a list of the immigrants now on their way to Nelson in the Fern Glen: —

Married Couples  —
Curtis C. laborer, wife and 1 child
King E., gardener and wife ;
Ryan T., painter and wife and 3 children
Searle ; W., painter, wife and 4 children;
Sherman J., farm laborer; and wife ;
Friend, T., farm laborer, wife and 4 children.

Single Men -
King W.T. laborer
Burrow, John, farm laborer
Champeney C., ditto
Gall W., ditto
Graeff P., baker
Gordon W. J., carpenter
Halloran J., farm laborer
Halloran M. ditto
Koran Pat., laborer
Mellor D. ditto
Molnix, T., ditto
Nott, W., carpenter
Norriss S., laborer
Pascoe, F., farm laborer
Muir J., mechanic
Sheary, J. shepherd
Healy J., laborer
Spencer E., tailor
Von Belle G., farm laborer
Friend, G. ditto
Brunvin F., laborer
Farley W. J., ditto
Gregory F., gardener
Kerlithy F., laborer
Kennedy. J., farm laborer
Orr, John, gardener

Single Women
Searle, A. servant
Searle B. J., ditto
Kelly M., ditto
Sterling C, ditto
Friend A., ditto
Spencer A., ditto

West Coast Times 26 April 1876, Page 2
The immigrant ship Fernglen, which sailed from London on the 23rd of January, is reported to have reached Nelson. There are 75 immigrants for Westland, all of whom may be expected here in the course of a few days. The following is the list of passengers for Westland, as furnished to us by Mr Learmonth, Immigration Officer :— 

Families —
John Andrews, farm laborer, with wife and family (2)
H. M. Clark, carpenter, wife, and family (1)
James Dobb, coal miner, wife and family (2)
Wm. Griffiths, miner, wife and family (4)
William Hugo, coal miner, wife and family (1)
Mark Luckford, carpenter, wife and family (4)
John Matthews, laborer, and wife
James Power, laborer, and wife
John Roberts, coalminer, wife and family, (2)

Single men —
Robert and Joseph Clark, Thomas Flynn, Alex. M'Guire, Michael O'Shea, carpenters
Charles L. Brown, navvie
Edmond Bourke, farm laborer
M. Cogblan, shepherd
Elisha Ellis, laborer
Pat Flemming, farm laborer
Edward Gamble, tinman
Francis Goodrick, miner
Patrick Kenny, laborer
Alex. M'Clelland, joiner
Joseph and Peter Massey, colliers
J. Morrisey, gardener
Francis Stevens, Henry Smith, brickmakers
Mark Turner, miner
John Rotherham, farm laborer
Charles Shepherd, farm laborer
John Davis, agricultural mechanic
James Williamson, farm laborer.

Single women —
Adelaide Matthews, nurse
Honoria Gamble, dairymaid
Catherine Doyle, dairymaid
Mary Dunn, barmaid
Bridget Gannon, barmaid
Julia Kenny, servant.

The following are the nominated immigrants by the same vessel : —
Timothy Barrett, laborer
John W. Liddle, shipwright
Michael Cuddy, coal porter, wife and family (2);
Mercy E. Money, cook
Mary Barry and Mary Barry, servants
Mary Danahar, servant.

The males over fifteen years are summarised as follows:—
From England, 21; Ireland, 11; Scotland, 2; Wales, 1; and America, 1.
Of the females over fifteen years, 8 are from Ireland, and 1 from England.

Papers Past Images online.
West Coast Times
1 May 1876, Page 2
THE IMMIGRANT SHIP FERNGLEN

This vessel, which arrived at Nelson on Friday last at the outer anchorage on April 21st, was boarded by the Health Officer on Saturday morning, and her passengers were landed on Sunday morning. The Fernglen made an excellent passage of 83 days from land to land, and what is of more consequence without having had any serious sickness on board . No death occurred during the voyage, but one birth increased the number of those she was to land. The ship is a fine specimen of an immigrant vessel, and the condition in which she has arrived in port speaks well for those in command of her. She is built of iron, and is of about 800 tons register; her 'tween decks are remarkably lofty, commodious, and well ventilated, and the arrangements for the accommodation of her passengers were such as to ensure cleanliness and comfort, a noteworthy feature being that her bunks were placed, not as is customary along the sides of the ship, but in the centre, thus; giving better ventilation. The vessel was built for the New Zealand Shipping company, and is commanded by Captain Frazer, and Dr Haines, late of HMS. Basilisk, is the medical officer.

On Friday soon after the ship Fernglen dropped anchor one of her immigrants named Searle, who is in a state of unsound mind, whilst taking exercise on deck between two attendants, managed to escape them and immediately jumped overboard. The day was as unpleasant as it well could be, and there was a heavy sea rolling up the Bay, consequently any attempt to save the unfortunate man was fraught with considerable risk. However, the occurrence was witnessed by Dr Haines, who immediately threw off his coat and jumped overboard after the poor follow. He succeeded in catching hold of him and then swam with him to a life-buoy that had been thrown to their assistance. He got Searle on to the buoy and held him there till a boat rescued them.

Nelson Evening Mail, 24 April 1876, Page 2
The Murray arrived from Westport yesterday morning. She will sail for West Coast ports on Thursday with a number of immigrants ex Fernglen.

West Coast Times, 8 May 1876, Page 2
Some of the immigrants brought to Nelson by the Fernglen must have had very unsophisticated ideas of the country they were coming to when they were transhipped for the West Coast. Landing on the wharf at Westport, the Times says, two females were conversing. Quoth one to the other— "Mary, d'ye see any white women at all about?"

April 25th 1876 Tuesday
The Lyttelton left Blenheim today for Nelson. She will return there on Friday with 62 immigrants ex Fernglen. 

Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives 1876 D3
Immigration to New Zealand 

No 62
The Hon. H. A. Atkinson to the Agent - General
(No.133)
Sir, --
Immigration Office, Wellington, 29th May, 1876
I have the honour to transmit the following documents relative to the ship “Fernglen” which arrived at Nelson upon the 21st April ultimo: -- 1. Immigration Commissioners’ report. 2. Surgeon-
superintendent’s report. 3. Certified list of births and deaths. 4. Letters from the Immigration and Health Officers at Hokitika, noticing the satisfactory appearance of the immigrants landed there.

The Agent-General for New Zealand, London.
I have, &c.,
H. A. Atkinson

Enclosure in No. 62
Commissioner’s Report on Ship “Fernglen”

Sir, --
Nelson, 5th May, 1876
5th May 1876, of the ship “Fernglen”, 818 tons,
We have the honour to report the arrival, on the 21
W. Frazer, master, having sailed from London on 18th January, with 189 souls on board, equal to 162 statute adults. One birth occurred during the voyage. There has been no sickness. The immigrants
speak in the highest terms of the treatment they have received at the hands of the captain, the surgeon in charge (Dr. Haines, late of H.S.s “Basilisk”), and all the officers. This is the best-found
ship that has arrived at this port with immigrants, being light, roomy, dry, and cleanly, much of the latter being due to the keeping a passage free between the berths and the sides of the ship –
provisions ample in quantity and of superior quality, the supply of water almost unlimited. One case of lunacy, a married man with a family, was under treatment: soon after the vessel anchored he
jumped overboard and would have lost his life, had it not been for the gallant conduct of Dr. Haines, who plunged in and kept him afloat by the aid of a buoy, till a boat was lowered to his assistance.
This act, occurring at the outer anchorage, five miles from shore, on a rough day, was at imminent risk of his own life, and to which we beg to draw special attention. No organised fire-drill had been carried out during the voyage.
We have, &c.,
Leonard Boor
James S. Cross
the Hon. The Minister for Immigration.
C. Elliott


Evening Post, 28 April 1876, Page 2
For SALE, ex Fernglen, two very elegant pianos, in walnut (tricord), superior workmanship, splendid tone, all the latest improvements. They handsomest designed instruments yet imported. Maker, Robert Ruppach. Vienna Exhibition -1875 prize medal. Apply Mr. T. H. Otto, Schwartz.

Evening Post, 20 May 1876, Page 2
We often have directed attention to the tendency on the part of the present Government to discourage local industry by-importing many articles which could be constructed locally at no greater cost. The last instance of this practice was afforded by one item in the Fernglen's cargo, viz., two empty boxes, specially imported for the use of a Government department, freight being paid thereon. The boxes were of the most common description, and could have been constructed by any ordinary carpenter. We understand it is in contemplation to import the firewood required in the Government offices, direct from England, there being no bushmen in New Zealand competent to chop it up properly.

Timaru Herald August 13 1877 page 4
Two men drowned at Saltwater Creek
On Friday four swaggers arrived at the Saltwater Creek from Waimate. They pitched their tent amongst the flax on the south side of the creek, a little distance below the bridge. On Saturday three of them, Thomas Jackson, Charles Shepherd and Thomas Mellor came into Timaru and left the worse for liquor and on arrival at the Sportsman's Arms had some more. They returned to their tent. On entering Mellor tripped over one of the lines and knocked it down. This, it seems disgusted the other two, for they rolled up the tent and started off. Mellor remaining on the spot and going to sleep. He woke up in the morning and missing his two mates, came to town to look for them. In the meantime a boy who was walking along the edge of the Creek noticed a tent, a hat, and some other things floating in the water. The creek was dragged and the bodies found. Jackson, who was about thirty years of age, is a native of Christchurch; while Shepherd has not been long in the colony, and is supposed to have arrived in the ship Fernglen about 18 months ago. He was not more than 22 or 23 years of age.