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The 'James Nicol Fleming,' 992 tons, sailed from Glasgow 28 July 1869, under the command of Peter Logan, with cargo to Port Chalmers and arrived 24 October1869, 88 days. Cargill and McLean, agents. She brings 14 cabin passengers and 146 steerage passengers under the care of Dr. J. Osbourne, and the matron, Mrs Anderson. There were two deaths; these being that of James Muir, on the 15th of August, of intue-susception of the bowels, and Mrs Mary McQueen, of consumption, on the 20th inst. One birth occurred, when Mrs Neil, a steerage passenger, gave birth to a female child..

The brand new composite clipper ship James Nicol Fleming, belonging to Messrs Patrick Henderson and Co.'s line of Clyde packets, put in an appearance off the Heads at an early hour on the 24th instant, and signalled for a tug. Pilot Stevens boarded her about nine o'clock, and the subsided steam tug Geelong proceeded outside and towed the vessel up to an anchorage off Deborah Bay in the afternoon. The James Nicol Fleming, now on her maiden voyage, was built by Messrs Robert Duncan and Co., at their yards, Port Glasgow. She is composite built to her topsides, which are of iron, her bottom being covered with pure copper. Her outline bearing a close resemble to that of the William Davie, of the same fleet. She appears blufter forward than the Davie. Her length between perpendiculars is 207 feet 3-10ths, beam 34 feet and a half, depth of hold 20 feet and one half tenth. Her class at Lloyd's is 17 years A!. Her masts are iron, and serve as ventilators, being perforated below. The bowsprit is also iron, and her lower and lower topsail yards are steel. On deck she has an eight-horse donkey engine which serves for discharging or loading cargo, also for the condensing of water, 40 gallons per hour being made on the passage. Our old friend Captain Logan, late of the William Davie, is in command of the Fleming.

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1872. List of Immigrants, Debtors to the Provincial Government of Otago for Passage Moneys.
J.N. Fleming
, October 27, 1869

Anderson     	 Margaret
Allan		 William
Brodie		 Robert
Barclay		 David
Caddely		 Margaret
Campbell	 Betsy
Dunbar		 Jane Ann
Forbes		 Alexander
Gray		 John
Jardine		 James
Kearney		 Patrick
Lynch		 Ellen
Leydan		 Ellen
McKenzie	 Agnes
McDougall	 Isabella Blythe and Mary
Macpherson	 George
McEwan		 Jane and Agnes
Oxley		 John
Pottinger	 Clementina
Stuart		 Agnes
Wall		 John

Otago Witness 30 Oct. 1869 page 16 from Papers Past














North Otago Times, 11 October 1870, Page 2
Arrived.— August 1st, J. N. Fleming — July 16th, Peter Denny— all for Otago— passengers, Mr J. Lees and wife, and 64 others ; August 3rd, Chile, for Bluff.

July 17th, Electra, for Wellington — passengers, Mr and Mrs Stevenson, Miss Farmer, Messrs Barnett, Hester, and Hitchcock.

Passengers by J. N. Fleming, for Otago. — Messrs Woodside, Burnside, Smith, Carrick, Duff, Strang, Hassell, Miss Robertson, Misses Cargill, Mrs Mander and four daughters, Mr and Mrs Griffiths and family (9), and 194 others.

Otago Witness May 30 1874 pg 16
Port Chalmers Arrival
May 24 - James Nicol Fleming, ship, 992 tons, Peacock, from London, February 18th.

Passengers: saloon - 
Nicholl       Rev. Mr
Fulton        Mr W. and G.
Waites        Mr
and 302 statute adults, immigrants.

Voyage Account.
Our old acquaintance, the ship James Nicol Fleming put in a welcome appearance on Sunday forenoon, after a passage of 95 days from the East India Docks, on Feb. 18th. Fortunately falling in with the steamer Wanganui off Cape Sanders, obtained a friendly pluck along from that vessel and so reached the Heads and was there delivered over to the tug Geelong, which had gone out to meet her and was soon towed to anchorage off Port Chalmers. Not one case of serious illness occurred. The Fleming was towed right through the shipping and moored off the end of the Railway Pier. Grave charges were brought against the Surgeon-Superintendent, Dr Freeman, by the passengers. The doctor being neglectful and also given to drunkenness. The single men had a written complaint about the condition of one of their number named Huntly Burke, who had been lying ill some time, and yet the Doctor refused to put him in the hospital. The J.N. Fleming was fitted up in the usual manner. There were hospitals and dispensary, a commodious gallery and Chapman condenser which produced 500 gallons of fresh water per diem. The chief officer was Mr Moffatt. April 13th during a gale Mrs Tinson, one of the emigrants, gave birth to a still born child. After the gale Mrs Bragg being confined of a daughter. Both did well. On the 4th March a second sea-born youngster made her appearance - the wife of Mr Halliday being safely delivered of a very fine girl. A heavy sea got up and the glass fell to 28.20. On 9th May the Fleming gave a tremendous lurch to the starboard and at the same time struck something with a force that produced a starling concussion fore and aft. Probably an ice floe of a piece of wreck. She received the blow on the fore part of the starboard fore rigging. Two of the plates and one part of the main bullwarks were stove in; 20 feet of the mail rail was split. and 15 feet of the top-gallant bulwark carried away. She is full of emigrants, and reported well. 36 single women. Total souls, 397.
Nationalities: England 323, Scotland 2, Ireland 29, France 1, Germany 2.

The Emigrant's Departure 

They stood, a sad and mournful band,
By the side of the lonely road;
In sorrow was clasp'd each trembling hand,
And the glittering tear-drop flow'd.
Women were there, and their piercing cry
Came sad on the balmy air,
Though the birds sang sweet, and the noontide sky,
Smil'd soft on the landscape fair.

They'd trudged thus far from their native place,
Till their weary feet were sore-
A kiss, a sob, and a last embrace,
And the parting scene was o'ver!
The parents' grief was shed o'er a son,
o'er a brother the sister tear;
And perchance in this group there yet was one
To whom he was still more dear.

I mov'd along, but that cry still fell
With a distant tone on my ear,
Methought that it seem'd as a heart-rung knell
O'er a lost one, lov'd, and dear.
And perchance it was, for an only child
Was leaving his early home
And his grave might be the ocean, wild.
His shroud be the curling foam.

I paused again for a farewell sight
Of the deeply grieving band-
The road forsaken, they'd climb'd the height,
In a clustering group they stand;
They wave the hand as a last adieu,
And they strain the aching eye-
'May the pray'r they breathe as he fades from view
Find grace at Thy throne on high!"

Son I 'ertook the wanderer sad,
As his weary way he went,
He seem'd a stout and a healthy lad,
But sorrow his frame had bent;
Slow was his motion, and dim his eye,
Whilst the bright tear dew's his check,
But he brushed it off as I pass'd him by-
He fear'd I would deem him weak.

But' ah! not so; I honor'd him more
For that pure and simple sign
Of love, than if he the proudest wore
in the gem -resplendent mine!
Then brush not way that tear, fond boy,
In truth it becomes thee well;
And, oh! in thy hours of joy,
Remember for whom it fell.

Veil, veil, sweet Erin, thy tearful face,
And thy tuneful harp unstring!
Whilst sad are the homes of thy chosen race,
Can its joyous changes ring?
Still feel in thy bosom a glow of pride,
Though the prod and the great may storm,
This fervent love of thy daughters tried
Would honor the noblest born.


Poem  from the Otago Witness Nov. 6 1869 page 16