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Transcriptions from Otago Witness Saturday February 3rd
1883. Page 14. transcribed
Per Arawata for the Bluff- Macildere Mr Per Arawata for Melbourne- Clark Mr (2) Cummings Miss Erfurth Mr Johnstone Mr J Kerr Mrs M'Gaw Mr and Mrs J Michaelis Mr Morris Mr E B Taylor Mr Wilson Mr
The Oamaru from Glasgow (November 9) brings 63 passengers, of whom 17 are saloon and 45 steerage. She has some 2000 tons of cargo for this port, about two-thirds of it being general and the remainder dead-weight. Her passage out has occupied 83 days from port to port, and 75 days from land to land, and this would have been materially lessened but for the fact of her meeting adverse winds at the outset.
Blitz for London. The German barquentine Blitz was towed to sea yesterday morning by the s.s. Little Denham, and sailed for London, taking a cargo of 924 bales wool, valued at £18,480.
No shipping entries for Otago Witness Saturday February 10th 1883.
Albany, Feb. 2nd.
The P. and O.'s Siam, with the Suez mail, arrived here yesterday. Amongst her passengers are Lord Charles Scott, Mr Redmond, M.P. for New Ross, and Tambarini (sic), Ireland. The latter will visit New Zealand. Mr Redmond was accorded an enthusiastic reception by the local supporters of the Land League.
An inquiry was held at Port Chalmers on Saturday, before Dr Drysdale, coroner, concerning the drowning of Frederick Chapman who was a passenger by the Tarawera, and fell off George street Pier on the night of her arrival. The jury found a verdict of "Accidental drowning," but added a rider censuring the Government for failing t o have the properly lighted.
Transcriptions Otago Witness Saturday February 17th 1883. Page 14
Per Te Anau for Melbourne-
Anderson Mrs and family (3) Denham Mr and Mrs and family (3) Drans Mr Dunbar Mr and family Innes Mr Jones Mr Puddy Mr Ralebridge Mr Scott Mr Stent Mr Stuart Miss Thomson Mrs and family (2) Monday. Arrival. Per Mahinapua from Greymouth- Allan Mr Bowden Mr Christie Mr Kelly Mr Labbett Mr J M'Laren Mr J Smith Mr T And 6 steerage Monday. Departure. Per Penguin for Lyttelton- Livingstone Miss Per Penguin for Picton- Stokes Mr Per Penguin for Auckland- Sibbald Mr Tuesday. Arrivals. Per Arawata from Melbourne- Breckon Mr Campbell Mr Carter Mr Cay Miss Clapp Mr Clapp Mrs Davies Mrs and child Donald Mr Gowyn Miss Hamilton Mr Hamilton Mrs Hastie Misses (2) Haworth Mr Hunter Mr Leys Miss M'Fee Mr M'Gregor Mr Noakes Mr Ritchie Mr Stewart Mrs and 2 children And 23 steerage. Arrival Arawata from Bluff- Corbin Mrs Deck Miss Deck Mrs Foster Mrs Hislop Mr Ward Mr Young Miss
The ship Mongomery Castle has discharged about 200 tons of cargo.
The barque Southern Belle is rapidly discharging her cargo at
the George Street wharf.
The schooner Zior has put out about 60 tons of coal.
The barque Mennock has a little dead-weight cargo to put out, and after taking in her stiffening ballast will commence load for London. There is a large quantity of cargo ready for her in the New Zealand Shipping Company's sheds, and she will have quick dispatch.
The ship Nelson will be ready for sea by the end of this week. She has already taken in 3200 bales of wool, 6 bales of leather, 30 casks of tallow, 2400 sacks of grain and flour and 60 casks of flour. We hear she has already a number of passengers on her list, and being a favourite vessel, will no doubt take a full complement.
Wednesday. Departures. Per Arawata for Lyttelton- Edgar Mr Gostenhofer Mr Holworthy Mr Per Arawata for Wellington- Carey Miss Davies Miss Gray Miss MacGeorge Miss Per Arawata for Napier- Mackenzie Mr Per Arawata for Auckland- Adams Mr Duthie Miss Duthie Mr Kirkland Mrs Kirkland Rev Mr Mackie Mrs and 2 children Mackie Rev L Wednesday. Arrivals. Per Waitaki from Timaru- Armstrong Miss Bransgrove Mrs Chapman Mr Hitch Miss Jenkins Mr Jenkins Mrs Levin Miss M'Kenzie Mr And 4 steerage. Per Rotomahana from Sydney via the North- From Sydney: Fyfe Mr M'Neven Mr Wade Mr From the North: Annistead Mr Bates Miss Bates Mrs Berry Rev J Black Miss Butterworth Mr Cannon Miss Carad[u?] Mr Carmichael Miss Carter Mr Cochrane Misses (3) and nurse Cochrane Mr Cochrane Mrs Cook Mr Coster Mr Deudney Mr Dixon Mr Fitzsimmons Mr Glasgow Miss Hereshilwood Mrs Hill Miss Holmes Miss Houston Mr Huggins Mr Jacobson Mr Johnson Misses (2) Johnson Mr Johnson Mrs Laidlaw Mr M'Donald Miss M'Gill Miss M'Gill Mrs M'Neill Mr Marks Master Mason Master Mason Miss Moss Miss On Mr Pearce Mr Robins Mr Stokes Mr Utting Mr Utting Mrs Waddell Mrs Warren Miss White Mr White Mrs Wills Mr Woymahan Miss And 18 steerage.
LOSS OF THE PIONEER.
A telegram was received in Dunedin from Fortrose early on Friday afternoon to the following effect:-
"Pioneer struck bar and drifted upon rocks at East Head. Heavy sea breaking over her. Likely to become total loss. All Hands landed safe. Please advise all interested."
A later telegram runs thus:-
"Pioneer now total wreck. Cargo coming ashore. Hull Submerged."
The Pioneer was a schooner of 23 tons, and left Dunedin for Fortrose on the 1st February. She was the joint property of Captain M'Callum, of Port Chalmers and Mr Mattheson, signalmaster at Fortrose.
Captain Mattheson is understood to hold an insurance policy of £100 on the vessel in the New Zealand office, but Captain M'Callum is uninsured. Inquiry.
Per Invercargill, Captain Muir from London December 5th-
For Otago, New Zealand (consigned to the British and New Zealand Mortgage Co.):
[also see Otago Witness Saturday March 10th 1883. Page 14]
Saloon: M'Cance John Pernet George Second cabin: Arthur Helena Arthur Mrs E M Coe Gertrude Coe H H Horsey W Piper Ebenezer Stewart Ella Stewart R B Stewart Robert Taylor David H Taylor George Steerage: Buchanan J A Callick J Cargill Margaret Cargill Matilda Cargill Thomas Carson Arthur A Carson Emily E Carson John J Carson Mary G Carson Ruth Carson Ruth A Carson S A Carson W D Fossey Emily Morris Elizabeth Morris May Rowley Theresa Smith Joseph Sneyd Arthur Sneyd Charles F Sneyd Elizabeth Sneyd Henry Sneyd Nancy L Sneyd R
Per Wellington, Captain Cowan, from Glasgow December 7th and Greenock 9th. For Otago-
Saloon: Lockhart Mr A S And 300 adults in the steerage.
Per Siam from London December 21st,
for Lyttelton- Raine Mr T J Per Siam for Dunedin- Howden Mr C R
Per Tanjore, to leave Venice December 29th and Brindisi, January 1st.
For Port Chalmers- Godley Mr and Mrs and nurse
Per Waitangi, Captain A Friston, from London December 22nd, for Otago-
Saloon: Beaven Mr Isaac Brown Mr John H Fitzgerald Dr Marychurch Mr Henry Mumford Mr George B Proctor Miss Elizabeth Proctor Miss Esther Robins Miss E J Skinner Mr Joseph T Squires Mr John H Squires Mr John W Squires Mrs Catherine Tucker Miss Ellen F Tucker Mr Alfred Tucker Mr Arthur Tucker Mr Eldred Tucker Mr Norman Tucker Mrs Ellen Tucker William F Steerage: Allbones Walter Catte Evelyn Catte George F Catte Naomi Catte Una Coller Elizabeth Coller William Conwan Michael Gatschlag Augusta Gatschlag Hannah Gatschlag Karl Gatschlag William Horrox John Kind Clement Kind Frederick Kind Patience Legg Thomas Metcalf Fowles Moran Christopher Phelan Agnes Phelan Mary A Phelan Mary M Rothwell John Smith Agnes Smith Charles Smith Edgar Smith George Smith Mary A Smith William G Stevens William Thorley Branton Walters John G
Transcriptions Otago Witness Saturday February 24th 1883. Page 14
Per Rotomahana for the Bluff- Amisted Mr Per Rotomahana for Hobart- Belcher Mr and Mrs Priest Mr Per Rotomahana for Melbourne- Bristow Miss C[a?u?]nningham Mr Gibson Miss Gibson Mr Jack Mr A [H?R?] Kelly Mrs and family Kenning Mr and Mrs Llewellyn Mr Quinn Miss Routledge Mr and Mrs and 4 children Stewart Mrs and family
Per Wanaka from Northern ports-
Barker Mr Brown Mr Cumming Mr Downes Mrs F G and family Paul Mr Rodrigues Miss (2) Rodrigues Mr Stack Miss The Tambour Major Company (27) Vigeo Mr Weatherburn Miss Weatherburn Mr And 10 steerage
Per Wakatipu from Sydney-
Bennett Mr Berens Mr Bolton Mr Ellison Mr and Mrs Fletcher Mr Grant Miss Greeson Mr Heany Mrs Johnson Mr Jones Mr Lean Mr and boy Slim Miss Slim Mrs Telfer Mr Webb Mr and Mrs and family Williams Mr And 8 steerage
Per Waitaki from Timaru-
Allen Miss Cochrane Mr Harper Mr Johnston Mr Moir Miss Nicholson Mr Pratt Mr Thomson Mr Walker Mrs Webster Mr
Tuesday. Arrivals. Per Manapouri from Melbourne-
Adams Mr Blake Mr Burt Mrs J Burt Mrs T Carr Miss Carr Mr Chalmers Mrs Crosfield Mr Dyer Mr Dyer Mrs Farrell Mr Ferguson Miss Godby Mr Godby Mrs infant and nurse Harvey Miss Harvey Mr Harvey Mr Harvey Mrs Howden Mr Kempthorne Mr Matheson Mr O'Meagher Mrs Potton Mr Renard Mr Renard Mrs Stephens Miss Warburton Mr Per Manapouri from Hobart- Farnillo Mrs Goold Mr Per Manapouri from Bluff- Dale Miss M'Cormick Miss Murphy Mr And 28 steerage Wednesday. Departures. Per Manapouri for Lyttelton- Armisted Mr Crooks Mr Prince Mr W Per Manapouri for Wellington- Brown Mr P Cruickshanks Mr and Mrs Per Manapouri for Napier- Fulton Miss Fulton Mrs George Mrs and 3 children Hindmarsh Mr Per Manapouri for Gisborne- Browne Mr Johnstone Mr Sma[i?l?]l Mrs Per Manapouri for Auckland- Bateman Mr and Mrs Condon Mr Craig Mrs Glover Miss Harkness Mr Hunter Mr and Mrs Ki[r?t?]chner Mrs M'Rae Mr Moses Mr Murdoch Mr J Scott Mr M Skinner Mrs Westcott Mr
Per Waitaki from Timaru-
Dark Miss Davis Miss Dawson Mr Dodd Mr Hay Mr M'Beath Mr Murphy Mr Priest Mr Smith Mr Walker Mrs Wilson Mr And 6 steerage Per Manapouri from the North- Adams Mr Birch Mr Blackadder Mr Crowe Miss Crowe Mr Fraser Mr Fulton Mr Gro[s?][e?s?] Miss Hudson Mr Kidd Mr Kingdom Miss Lakeman Miss (2) Levy Mr M'Gregor Mr Moore Mr Rees Miss Rees Mrs Rolleston Mr (2) Rosk[ru?]ge Miss Sutherland Mr Thompson Mr And 10 steerage
The voyage from Plymouth of the ship Euterpe, an old Canterbury
visitor, in command of Captain Phillips, to Sydney, with 308 immigrants, has
been a sad one. The ship reached her destination the other day, and was
quarantined. The steward, named Underwood, died of dysentery; a young woman also
met her death by asphyxia, caused by a piece of meat sticking in her throat, and
eight children died of scarlet fever.
The Duchess of Argyle, with 425 immigrants, arrived at the same time, reporting 12 deaths from scarlet fever and measles.
Wreck of the Pioneer
An inquiry was held at the Customhouse on Friday afternoon, before the acting Collector of Customs (Mr Chamberlain), with Captain Thomson as nautical assessor, concerning the wreck of the schooner Pioneer at Toi-Tois on the 9th inst.
Captain H. L. Pratt deposed that he brought up in Toi-Tois Bay on Thursday, the 8th inst., at daybreak. The wind was north, off shore, and he waited until he got signals at tide time, 10.30 a.m. The vessel worked up to the bar, but could not get in, there being too much sea and a light wind off shore. He then stood out, and brought up in the bay in four fathoms of water. About 9 a.m. next day the signal was given, "Wait for tide." The wind was then blowing from W.S.W., or a little to the south. They reefed the sails and made ready for going in as soon as they got the signal. About 11.15 a.m. they got the signal to take the bar. They got over the bar, but took the ground on the lee spit, just at the inner edge of the bar. The semaphore was steady as they took the bar, but just as they struck, it was hauled up for them to starboard the helm and keep more to windward. The vessel was then on the south side of the entrance, about 50 yards or less from the rocks. She then hardened up on to the rocks, the sea making a clean breach over her, and the wind driving her further on. In about an hour she broke to pieces, and the cargo began to wash ashore. Witness and the two men composing the crew got on shore by means of a line. He attributed the accident partly to the bar being taken early on the tide, and partly to the semaphore working stiffly. It was about half tide when the vessel struck. There were no leading beacons, vessels being guided in by semaphore. He had been about nine months trading in the vessel to Toi-Tois. As far as he could remember, he had not taken the bar so early on the tide. There had, however, lately been a fresh in the river, which gave more water, and there was a good spring tide. The sea was breaking over the vessel occasionally before getting under way, and the anchor had to be slipped. The vessel might have ridden out until night with difficulty, but would not have done so until the following daylight tide. Probably the harbour-master gave him the signals early on the tide, as he thought the vessel was in danger while at anchor outside. The spit shifts very much, and on that day the two spits overlapped. He believed that when he took the bar it was half tide, or less. The owners were Captain M'Callum, of Port Chalmers and Captain Matheson, the harbour-master at Toi-Tois.
Captain Thomson asked the witness if he told him that is was high water at Toi-Tois at 12.54 on the day of the wreck, whether he would still say it was only half flood when the signal was given to take the bar.
Witness: Captain Matheson told me it was half-tide at the time, and from my own observation I saw the flood tide running in up to 3 p.m. and after.
Frederick Johnston, one of the crew, corroborated the evidence given by the master.
Thomas O'Brien deposed: I was first hand on board the Pioneer, and remember the morning of 9th February. We got the signal to take the bar between 11 and 12 a.m. We had to slip the anchor, there being too much sea to get it up, and the sea was breaking over us as we lay. We could not lie there any longer, with the wind and sea increasing as it was, and we could not fetch out of the bay against it. The wind was W.S.W., blowing a gale. We got to the bar about 10 or 15 minutes after we slipped, and got safely over it, but grounded on the north spit, and she then slewed round and went on to the rocks. We walked ashore on the rocks between the seas and shortly afterwards the vessel broke up. I believe it was about half-flood when we got the signals, and there was plenty of water over the bar, but we struck inside it. I don't think the harbour-master gave us the signals sooner than he should have done. There was plenty of water on the bar, and we were in danger as we lay at anchor. We could not have lain there any longer.
(The evidence will be forwarded to the Marine Department at Wellington.)