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Arrival of the "Gloucester"

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(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.

 Total, 98 souls, equal to 87 statute adults. Mr. Smyth and family, Mr. Gibson, Miss Tripe, and 5 steerage passengers are for Canterbury.

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 [Dr. William Borrowdale TRIPE]
Tripe		 Miss Adelaide
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 

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    [James & Mary Miller]
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 

Another listing

Immigration - We learn that the assisted passengers by the Gloucester amounted to 15pounds adults, and have been brought out at the rate of 16 pounds per adult. It will be remembered that a report was lately circulated stating the rate to be 20 pounds.

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. 1pound per lb. For freight, passage, or further information, apply to Jones, Cargill, & Co.

Lyttelton Times 19 January 1859 Page 4  Shipping News. ARRIVED.
Jan. 14, brig Thomas and Henry, 234 tons, Thomson, from Otago. Passengers (ex Gloucester): Dr. and Miss Tripe, James and Mary Miller, Thomas Aming, William, James and Mary Parr, Charles Wright. [Transhipped under bond.]

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 pounds 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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