(from the "Otago Witness", January 1, 1859)
Arrived. Dec. 28 Gloucester, ship, 591 tons, Hiatt, from London.
The Ship "Gloucester". A 1 for 13 years, 1000 tons burthen, Captain John Hiatt, arrived in Port Chalmers on the 16th December, after a prosperous run of 103 days. She is one of the new line of passenger ships belonging to the well-known firm of Messrs. John Lidgett and Co., of London, and is intended as a regular trader.
The Gloucester left the Downs on the 14th of September, crossed the equator on the 22nd of October, sighted the island of Tristan d'Acunha on the 10th November, and made the southern end of Stewart's Island on the 24th December.
The passengers speak very favourably of the ship and her officers; and although they met with a severe gale in the Bay of Biscay, at the commencement of the voyage, all allow that during the passage every comfort that a ship can give has been liberally afforded to them.
Most of the new arrivals, and there are upwards of 100, are stout, healthy, young people, some assisted in their passage money by the grant of money voted for that purpose by our Government, and from what we have ourselves seen of them, they will prove a very welcome addition to our thriving settlement.
During the passage only two deaths and one birth have occurred. The former, however, was the result of disease confirmed previously to their leaving England; one was that of Mr Henry Doig, who was on his way to join some relatives, who are well-known amongst ourselves; with them we sincerely condole. It took place on the 13th November.
Amongst the passengers we recongnize with satisfaction the return of an old and much esteemed settler, Edward Lee, Esq., and he has brought with him two very valuable Spanish Merino Rams; there are likewise two Rams of the Cotswold breed on board, belonging to the Messrs. Shennan, who are also passengers. These have arrives in very excellent condition, and thus attest the care bestowed upon them during their sojourn on board the Gloucester.
We hail the arrival of the Gloucester with great satisfaction, as she is the pioneer of a new line of passenger packets to this country. She is now on the berth for London direct, and will thus afford our wool growers another opportunity of shipping by a vessel direct from Otago with Otago produce; she is also well adapted to carry passengers, and we strongly advise any intending visitors to great Britain to avail themselves of this favourable opportunity. By such means as this new line offers us, we shall be enabled to show our friends at home a convincing proof of the brilliant prospects of their relatives in this their adopted land. 104 second and steerage passengers.
Passengers Cabin:- (Dec. 18 page 5)
Gibson Mr Alexander Lee Mr William Kennedy Mrs Kennedy Miss Smyth Mr Robert and Mrs and family Smyth Miss Emiline Tripe Mr Tripe Miss Adeladie Second Cabin Passengers Butler A Doughty J and Marion Dunbar J Gallin R and J Hume W and J Lowe J and wife McCausland D McKenzie J Milne Violet Milne W Parr W and J Parr Mary Peddie G and Janet Rae D Shennan J., wife and 2 children Shennan R Smith G Smith Violet Wright C Steerage Anning T Armers T Bain J., wife and 6 children Boyd A Dempster A., wife and child Dickson J and W Dickson Janet Gardner C Graham J., wife and 2 sons and daughter Hallum J., wife and child Hogg R., wife and 5 children Key D and wife McArthur D McBean P McDonald C McTansh P wife and 5 children Miller J and wife Reeves Mary Ann Richards J., wife and 3 children Ross A Sandelands Jane and Marion Simpson J., wife and child Thomson J Tomkins W. and wife Tranent A., wife and child Wilson J H and W Wilson Mary
Immigration - We learn that the assisted passengers by the Gloucester amounted to 15� adults, and have been brought out at the rate of �16 per adult. It will be remembered that a report was lately circulated stating the rate to be �20.
The "Gloucester". We understand that the Gloucester's inward cargo will all be discharged during the next week, and that she will then begin to take in her homeward cargo. 600 bales of Wool are now ready for shipment and it is fully expected that her stay here will not exceed six weeks. This vessel will meet with despatch and it is confidently expected that the Wool shipped by her will reach London in time for the June and July sales. Rates of Freight. 1�. per lb. For freight, passage, or further information, apply to Jones, Cargill, & Co.
Otago Witness June 11 1859 page 2
Cleared Out. June 3. Gloucester, 591 tons, Hiatt, for London, with 1,828 bales wool (564,732 lbs.,) value �26,636 15s, 562 sheepskins, 172 hides. Passengers - Mr and Mrs John Cargill and family, Messrs. H. Argles and W. Gould.
Otago Witness December 10 1859 page 4
The Gloucester, from Otago June 3, arrived off Portland on the 16th, and passed Deal on the 19th September.
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