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'Napier'

New Zealand Bound
1863 to Nelson

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

Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 10 December 1863, Page 2
ARRIVED. December 8, barque Napier, 571 tons, Petherbridge, from London.

Passengers

Mr Blackman
Rev. J. Campbell
Miss Campbell
Mr M'Donald
Mr Nicholas
Mr Reynolds
Mr Smith
Mr Tomkins
Rev. F. L. Tudor
Mr Felix Wakefield
Mr E. Wakefield
Misses J. and O. Wakefield
Dr. Waring

Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 31 October 1863, Page 2
Acclimatization.

From a letter just received by the Superintendent, from Mr. J. Morrison, we learn that a number of English birds were about to be shipped by the Napier for this port, and, as the vessel is a new one, and a fast sailer, commanded by our old acquaintance Captain Petherbridge, formerly of the Maori, her arrival here may be looked for about the second week in December.

Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 31 December 1863, Page 2

Captain Petherbridge, of the Napier, which also lay alongside the wharf, had a select party of visitors on board, consisting of his old Nelson friends, who were amply provided with a first-rate luncheon.

Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 10 December 1863, Page 2

The Napier. This fine vessel arrived on Tuesday last, from London, after a voyage of only eighty-three days, the quickest passage, we believe, that has ever been made to this port. The Napier is a new iron vessel, this being her first voyage, and is one of the finest ships that ever entered our harbour. Her cabin accommodation is equal to our best steamers, and commanded by so general a favourite as our old acquaintance, Captain Petherbridge, formerly of the Maori, the Napier cannot fail to become a favourite vessel for passengers. The Napier has brought out a large number of birds for the Provincial Government, and some Cotswold sheep for C. B. Wither, Esq.

Importation of Birds. By the Napier, on Tuesday, the Provincial Government received seventy pairs of birds from England, consisting of Partridge, Skylarks, Blackbirds, Thrushes, Starlings, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, and a solitary Robin. There were upwards of 200 birds put on board, besides leverets, which, with two-thirds of the birds, were lost on the passage. The Government have handed over the birds to the care of the Acclimatization Society, and as soon as they are sufficiently strong they will all be liberated.