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The Missing New Zealand Ship 'MATOAKA'
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The Matoaka, No. 14705, sailed from Lyttelton on the 13th May 1869 and has never since been heard of. She was commanded by Captain Alfred Stevens, and carried a crew of 32 men, and 45 passengers, including 13 women.

Passengers - 47 
Allison 	William
Allison 	Mrs S
Allison 	H
Allison 	S
Allison 	M
Allison 	J
Allison 	M
Allison 	D	
Brown 		Archibald Brown
Comp 		W
Cooksey 	W C
Evans 		Dr
Iliffe 		Dr
Iliffe 		Mrs 
Grant 		Rev. G.  
Grant 		Mrs
Grant  		George 
Grant  		Alice Grant
Grant		Alfred
Grant  		Arthur William 
Handcock 	Mr W [Hancock]
Handcock 	Mrs
Handcock 	Elizabeth
Handcock 	Caroline
Henry 		S J
Henry 		Mrs [Hanley]
Henry 		James
Henry 		infant
Hensley 	Louis B
Hensley 	Mrs Mary
Hensley 	Edith Mary
Hoskyns 	C H
Hoskyns 	Mrs
Hoskyns 	C H
Hoskyns 	F J
Hoskyns 	infant
Kennaway 	Miss Catherine 
Kennaway 	Miss Sarah
Soper		___, servant
Moss 		W H
Pusey 		W R
Wilcox 		Master Henry
Wildman 	W S
Wilson 		F C
Wilson 		Mrs
Wilson 		William
Wilson 		Catherine

 Reference: The Times, London, 22 March 1870, page 9
[Southland Times Jan. 21 1870 pg2]


The Star,  May 11 1869The Star Wednesday 12th May 1869
Lyttelton. Cleared customs May 11, ship 1093 tons, Stevens for London. She will sail for London tonight, the s.s. Gazelle being engaged to tow her outside the heads. Passengers - cabin:
Mr and Mrs Hancock, Misses Hancock (2)
Mr and Mrs Hoskyns and three children
Rev. Mr and Mrs G. Grant and four children
Misses Kennaway (2) and servant
Dr and Mrs Iliffe
Mr and Mrs Wilson and two children
Mr and Mrs Alison and six children
Dr Evans
Messrs Brown, Coup, Pusey and Cooksey

The Scottish law reporter: continuing reports ... of cases decided ..., Volume 9 page 515 Year 1872
On 27th May 1662, Ann Ruddiman Murray, one of the daughters of Alexander Murray, was married to the Reverend George Grant, sometime of Aberdeen, afterwards clergyman in New Zealand, and went to New Zealand with her husband in the same year. Mrs Grant had attained majority prior to her marriage. In May 1869 Mr Grant, having given up his charge in New Zealand, embarked with his wife and their whole family, viz., three boys and a daughter, on board the sailing vessel " Matoaka," at Lyttelton, New Zealand, bound for London, intending to return to Scotland. At this time Mr Grant was of the age of thirty-eight years, Mrs Grant was of the age of thirty-four years, and the four children were all in pupilarity, the eldest having been born on 1st February 1864. The ship "Matoaka" having never been spoken with or heard of after her departure from New Zealand, the parties were satisfied that Mr Grant and his wife and children were dead, and were agreed in elating as matter of fact that they had perished at sea.

Exports included:
2892 bales wool, 2375 sacks wheat, 230 bales flax, 200 bales skins, 650 sacks flour