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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 from the original list held at the Archives NZ, Christchurch office. 

Newspaper reports from: The Lyttelton Times in 1867 & The Star in 1923. The two accounts seem to vary slightly. 

The 1923 version: 
        Source = The Star newspaper on microfilm at Christchurch City Library. 
        The Star - Monday 01 October 1923 - page 10 

EARLY SHIPPING DAYS. 
VOYAGES FROM THE OLD COUNTRY. 
TALES OF THE EMIGRANT SHIPS. 

The romance and some of the hardships of the early shipping days of New Zealand are recalled in the series of articles now being published by the "Star" relating to the early shipping days. Many people are interested in the subject, as there are still many old identities with us, while thousands of citizens of the Dominion are descended from the old stock which braved the voyages on the sailers of the 'fifties, 'sixties and 'seventies. The article printed today consists of extracts from the early files. 

ARRIVAL OF THE LANCASHIRE WITCH 
(From the "Lyttelton Times," July 30, 1867)
Arived. [sic] --- 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 LATOUR, 
J H PHILPOTT, 
BRUNKER, 
GORDON, 
RYVOTT, 
and Mrs GAINER. 

Second Cabin --- Twelve, and government immigrants in the steerage. 
Government Immigrants
Families and children --- 
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. 

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

Single Women --- 
Domestic servants --- 
Jemima WICKS, Oxfordshire; 
Sarah H CLAY, Warwickshire; 
Mary Jane WALLS, Londonderry; 
Maria QUINN, Sligo; 
Flora GEORGE, 
Elizabeth Alice SMALL, 
Theresa FOOLEY, 
Emily MUDD, Middlesex; 
Eliza DANIELS, 
Harriet GODDARD, Surrey; 
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, 
Jane BOYD, Tyrone; 
Margaret MEAD, 
Jane ALEXANDER, King's County; 
Margaret BURN, Wicklow; 
Prudence WILLIAMS, Kerry; 
Ellen BRODIE, 
Maria ELDRIDGE, Limerick; 
Mary OWENS, 
Sarah EDWARDS, Ellen LAWLOR, 
Mary ST JOHN, Tipperary; 
Hannah M WRIGHT, Armagh; 
Annie BENNETT, Ann KELSO, Down. 
Cooks --- 
Mary BIRMINGHAM, 
Louisa LAWRENCE, Warwickshire; 
Elizabeth SMITH, Surrey; 
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. 
Milliner --- 
Elizabeth LEWIS, Wiltshire. 
Nurses --- 
Annie SWIFT, Lancashire. 
Matron --- 
Elizabeth BANT. 
Louisa LOWTHER, Cambridgeshire; 
Emma COLLEY, Herefordshire. 

Summary --- 
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 adults 59, male children 8, female children 2, infant 1; total 89, equal to 83 statute adults. 

The ship Lancashire Witch, Captain KING, anchored in Lyttelton harbour yesterday morning, about 8 am, having arrived off the Heads on Sunday evening. She left Gravesend early in the morning of April 2, and was taken in tow by the steam tug and towards evening anchored off Ramsgate. She 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 till the 8th, and the ship was compelled to put back. On the 9th the ship got under weigh again, 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 May 1 a concert was held on the main dack. [sic] Crossed the equator on the morning of May 15. 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 June 1 there was a little wind in the morning, which towards evening freshened to a gale, carrying away the fore-topsail. From this date to June 5 she experienced very heavy weather. Was off the coast of Australia on July 13. 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. 


Note - the 1923 articles were gathered together into a scrapbook by a Mr W H R DALE and deposited at the Canterbury Museum. Consulting the W H R DALE Album will lead you back to the original articles in the newspapers. Transcribed by Ailsa Dodge, Christchurch.  Posted 29 Nov. 2004.