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The Southern Cross  Monday 25th January 1864 page 3

Reference online:  'Papers Past' - a NZ National Library website. 

The Southern Cross, Monday 25th January 1864
Entered inwards Port of Auckland - Foreign

Jan. 23 - A.W. Stephens, 474 tons, Brown, from Newcastle. Passengers- Mrs Brown and 2 children.650 tons coal, Henderson and Macfarlane; 120 sheep, Captain Brown.
Jan. 23 -
Ullcoats, 671 tons, Chambers, from London
Jan, 23 -
Severn, 856 tons, King, from Sydney. Passengers - G. Dickie, Chas. Wheeler, John Jamieson, John Fishwick.

Arrival of the John Duncan, Captain Logie, from London, with passengers.

On Saturday morning, about 5 o'clock the ship John Duncan, from London, dropped her anchor in the harbour, after a passage of 98 days from final departure. She left the Downs on the 10th October, and took her final departure on the 17th; passed outside the Cape de Verde Islands... Passed Tasmania to the south in 44°  30' and sighted North Cape of New Zealand on the 19th instant.

On the 18th November, at 8 o'clock in the evening the ship was boarded from the American war frigate Vanderbilt. A signal was made for the John Duncan to heave to, which the captain did not think proper to take any notice of; but the weather was calm, a boat was put off from the frigate, and an officer came on board. The crew were all armed to the teeth. When questioned by the captain as to what his business might be, he said that he only wanted to obtain late news, and whether there were any newspapers or books to spare on board; having been furnished with what he required, he politely took his departure. He mentioned, that the Vanderbilt was going to Rio to coal. This is the second vessel coming to this port which has fallen in with, and bordered by cruisers. It will be recollected that the Queen of Beauty had a visit paid to her by an officer from the celebrated Alabama, who, however, requested to see the ship's papers to satisfy himself on the point of nationality. The officer from the Vanderbilt appears not to have been so inquisitive, or possibly met with a rather less ceremonious greeting, for we understand that his business was demanded pretty sharply. The other vessel spoken with during the voyage, on the 16th, was the Queen of the North, from Sunderland to Madras, 80 days out, in lat. 41° 46' S, lon. 37°  4' East.

The casualties during the voyage were, died- a Maori, named Raipa, who was sent out by the Colonisation Society, on account of ill health, he being in rapid consumption; and when seen first by the doctor, was told that he could not live a month, which was indeed true, for he died on the 3rd of November, and was buried the same evening. Three young children also died, and a second class passenger, named Carter, committed suicide on the 18th December, by jumping overboard, the ship going 10¼ knots at the time. Off the Isle of Wright two of the crew were washed overboard and drowned. They were employed in lashing the anchor when swept away. The ship is consigned to Messrs Cruickshank, Stuart, and Co. We publish the doctor's report of health during the voyage.

Total passengers 229. Equal statue adults, 192½.

Passengers- Saloon:
Armstrong 	Mrs
Booth 		Mrs
Hayland 	Mrs A.J.
Hayland 	Miss M.H.
Lawrie 		Frederick
Naylor		Mrs
Rochfort 	Mrs 
Rochfort 	Harry
Rochfort 	Gertrude
Tennant 	William and Mary Ann
Tenant		G.N., Mary Ann and Martha
Whitehouse 	Abel, Matilda, Samuel, Abel, Hannah, Ellen, Charles, Matilda, Edward, Annie, Alfred and Kate

Another listing - from the New Zealand Herald

Daily Southern Cross, 24 October 1856, Page 3
Original Poetry.
It is not often that we give insertion to compositions which, under the designation of original poetry, are supplied to us in profusion. But we view as an exception the following written on board the ship 'Gipsy' by one of the female passengers— not so much on account of their intrinsic merit, as on account of the interesting circumstances under which they were penned. The first is on the occasion of the writer becoming a mother ; the second on the occasion of the ship approaching the New Zealand coast.

Sweet babe, my ocean-born,
How dear thou art to me;
May blessings be richly poured upon
God's gift upon the sea.

Heaven smiled upon thee at thy birth,
The troubled wares were still,
The winds were hush'd when thou wert given
A mother's love to fill.

So may thy life be smooth'd for thee,
Is thy parents' anxious prayer,
If God should in his mercy please
My little boy to spare.

As years creep on apace may'st thou
Our care and love repay ;
And may Heaven give us strength to guide
Thy footsteps on thy way.

That when we close our eyes in death,
And leave thee, for eternity,
We'll bless thee with our dying breath
And thank our God for thee.

E. Bowring


With many sincere thanks to Capt. Bolton for his kindness.

Hurrah, hurrah, I see the land !
The anxious emigrant cries ;
As with glass upraised, on deck he stands, —
And the long looked for shore he spies.

The cry is heard above and below ;
All hasten to join the shout ;
And hearts and hopes begin to glow
As they look for the chosen spot.

The father is there with his lovely boys,
'T is for them he hopes to find—
'Midst those distant hills — more lasting joys
Than on Britain's shores he leaves behind.

And mingling with the throng are some-
Who when they strain their gaze,
Think faithfully of some loved one,
And for her welfare prays.

The Captain feeling task is o'er,
His step is light-and free ;
He has brought his living cargo safe
Across the foaming sea.

We thank Thee, O Almighty God!
That Thou, who rul'st the waves,
Hast spared from chastening with thy rod
Thy humbled, thankful slaves.

E. Bowring.