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'Lancashire Witch'

Painting of the 'Lancashire Witch' by marine artist Thomas Dutton.

LANCASHIRE WITCH - sailed 02 Apr 1867 - arrived 29 July 1867 - at Lyttelton. Passenger list (opens in a new window) from the original list held at the NZArchives. Christchurch office. 

Newspaper reports from: The Lyttelton Times in 1867 (see below) & The Star in 1923. (opens in a new window). The two accounts seem to vary slightly.

The 1867 version: 
    Source = The Lyttelton Times newspaper on microfilm at Christchurch City Library
    The Lyttelton Times - Tuesday 30 July 1867 - page 02 


July 29 --- Lancashire Witch, ship, 1574 tons, KING, from London. Passengers --- Saloon : Miss McDONNELL, Mr and Mrs MILLETT, Miss COLLINGWOOD, Miss DONALDSON, Miss HASTINGS, Miss OSBORN, Mr and Mrs J FENN, Mr and Mrs WOOD and nine children, Messrs GRAHAM, MANSFORD, F M PEPLOE, F and G SWEETLAND, H DE LANTAUR, J H PHILPOTT, BRUNKER, GORDON, RYVOTT, and Mrs GAINER. Second Cabin --- 12; and Government immigrants in the steerage. 

The ship Lancashire Witch, Captain KING, anchored in Lyttelton harbour yesterday morning, about 8 am, having arrived off the Heads on Sunday evening. The following is a report of her voyage: --- Left Gravesend early in the morning of the 2nd April, and was taken in tow by the steam tug and towards evening anchored off Ramsgate. Weighed anchor at 4 pm on the 3rd; landed the river pilot and took on board the sea pilot. During the next three days experienced very heavy gales, which continued to the 8th, and the ship was compelled to put back. On the 9th, got under weigh again, the ship making very little headway, wind dead ahead. On the 10th, spoke the ship Rifleman of Aberdeen, bound to Sydney; on the 11th was off Start Point. From this date to the 14th, the wind continued dead ahead; on that day, spoke the ship William Walker, of Boston [?], from London for Calcutta, 15 days out. On the 15th, spoke the ship Thames, from London for Sydney, 19 days out; she reported experiencing very heavy weather. On the 17th, at 11 pm, wind shifted round to NE, and the pilot left the ship. Was clear of the Channel on the 18th, having had 16 days continuous bad weather. Experienced a strong gale on the 20th, carrying away fore staysail, smashing one of the boats and filling the second cabin with water. On the 20th passed 60 miles east of the Island of Madeira. Having now got into some fine weather, the passengers commenced to enjoy themselves, and on the evening of 1st of May a concert was held on the main deck. On the 11th spoke the ship Anna Sophia, from Batavia, bound for Amsterdam, 90 days out. Several letters were sent home by this opportunity. Crossed the equator on the morning of the 15th. The 24th being the Queen's Birthday, was celebrated with all due honour, rockets being fired, and in the evening a concert was held. On the 20th a sudden squall came up which blew the foresail to ribbons. June 1st, a little wind in the morning, which towards evening freshened to a gale, carrying away the fore-topsail. From this date to the 5th she experienced very heavy weather. Was in the meridian of Greenwich on the latter day. From the 6th to the end of the month a succession of heavy gales and head winds was experienced. This was followed by a few days of fine weather. Was off the coast of Australia on the 13th July. On the morning of July 14 Peter JACKSON, the sail maker, was found dead in his bed; supposed to have died of consumption. On the 23rd in the morning a heavy thunderstorm came on, with very vivid lightning. The sea got up very high, striking the bulwarks of the ship and breaking them and nearly drowning the first and second officers. The Snares were sighted at 9 am on the 24th, making the passage 96 days from land to land. The Peninsula was sighted on the morning of the 27th, and the vessel arrived at her anchorage as above. Two births occurred on board. The saloon and other passengers express themselves as highly pleased with the conduct of the captain and his officers during the voyage, and presented Captain KING with a testimonial. The ss Gazelle has been chartered to convey the immigrants and their baggage to Heathcote this morning. The ship brings out a large cargo. She is consigned to Messrs J T PEACOCK and Co. 

The following is the list of Government immigrants: --- 

Farm Labourers --- 
Hininan JACKSON and wife, Lancashire; 
Joseph SPOONER, wife and three children, Norfolk; 
Thomas MURRAY, wife and two children, Ayrshire; 
Daniel GREIG and wife, Fifeshire; 
Thomas SHEEHAN, wife and two children, Cork. 

Labourer --- 
Thomas HENDERSON, wife and three children, Armagh. 

Cook --- 
Philip DAVIS and wife, Oxfordshire. 

Farm labourers ---
W P CROSS, Yorkshire;
Emerson CLARKSON, do; 
Robert FINDLAY, Aberdeenshire. 
Labourers --- 
Thomas DAVIS, Oxfordshire;
Henry DAVIS, do; 
William WALKER, Londonderry; 
Robert WALLS, do; 
Thomas QUINN, Sligo; 
William OWENS, Tipperary. 
Watchmaker --- 
James SWINDELL, Middlesex. 
Baker --- 
William CLAY, Warwickshire. 
Grocer --- 
Robert William CARVER, Leicestershire. 
Frankling HODGES, Cornwall. 

Domestic servants --- 
Jemima WICKS, Oxfordshire; 
Sarah H CLAY, Warwickshire; 
Mary Jane WALLS, Londonderry; 
Maria QUINN, Sligo; 
Flora GEORGE, Middlesex;
Elizabeth Alice SMALL, do; 
Theresa FOOLEY, do; 
Emily MUDD, do; 
Eliza DANIELS, Surrey
Harriet GODDARD, do; 
Emma WILLIAMS, Hampshire; 
Eliza J BRADLEY, Middlesex; 
Mercy SEEKERSON, Worcestershire; 
Emma LOWTHER, Cambridgeshire. 
Domestic servants --- 
Ann and Eliza TRUMPER, Herefordshire; 
Hester HOSKIN, Cornwall; 
Jane and Helen CAMPBELL, Perthshire; 
Grahame SYME, Fifeshire; 
Catherine GILCHRIST, Donegal; 
Rachel TRIZELL and 
Jane BOYD, Tyrone; 
Margaret MEAD and 
Jane ALEXANDER, King's County; 
Margaret BURN, Wicklow; 
Prudence WILLIAMS, Kerry; 
Ellen BRODIE and 
Maria ELDRIDGE, Limerick; 
Mary OWENS, 
Ellen LAWLOR, and 
Mary ST JOHN, Tipperary; 
Hannah M WRIGHT, Armagh; 
Annie BENNETT, and 
Ann KELSO, Down. 
Cooks --- 
Mary BIRMINGHAM, Warwickshire;
Elizabeth SMITH, Surrey; 
Louisa LAWRENCE, Warwickshire; 
Margaret BAIRD, Stirlingshire; 
Elizabeth BESWETHERICK, Cornwall. 
Housekeeper --- 
Elizabeth BANT, Middlesex. 
Dairywomen --- 
Hephzibah SHAIN, Worcestershire; 
Mary A PURDON, Antrim; 
Sarah HICKEY, Tipperary. 
Barmaid --- 
Emily WEDERELL, Surrey. 
Dressmakers --- 
Harriet RUSSELL, Surrey; 
Mary Ann FOSTER, Warwickshire. 
Milliners --- 
Elizabeth LEWIS, Wiltshire. 
Nurses --- 
Annie SWIFT, Lancashire. 
Louisa LOWTHER, Cambridgeshire; 
Emma COLLEY, Herefordshire. 
Matron --- 
Elizabeth BANT. 

Farm labourers 8, labourers 8, baker 1, cook 1, watchmaker 1.
Single women --- Domestic servants 36, cooks 5, housekeeper 1, dairywomen 3, barmaid 1, dressmakers 2, milliner 1, nurse 1, matron 1. 
Male adults 19, female do 59, male children 8, female do 2, infant 1; total 89, equal to 83 statute adults. 

Transcribed by Ailsa Dodge, Christchurch.  Posted 29 Nov. 2004.

1867 August 5, p.s. Novelty, 43 tons, Charles Murray. From Lyttelton, crossed the Sumner Bar with migrants and luggage from the Shaw Savill vessel Lancashire Witch of 1383 tons, which had departed from London on the second of April.