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'Percy' to Auckland in 1865

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The Southern Cross.
1 January 1866

The London immigrant ship Percy, 919 tons, departed Gravesend 27th August 1865 and  arrived Port of Auckland on 30th December, 1865 after a protracted passage of 123 days. She brings 14 saloon, 7 second cabin and 72 steerage passengers, who all have arrived in good health, in medical charge of Dr. Shoolbraid. There were three births during the passage, all steerage passengers, namely:-
On the 22nd October, the wife of George Wiltshire.
On the 29th October, the wife of William Cook.
On 31st October, the wife of Edward Yates.

There were two deaths during the passage:-
On the 26th September, W.E. Pitman, second cabin steward, died of fever.
Deceased was in delicate health when leaving London.
On the 18th November, in latitude 43 57', longitude 29 19', John Burrell, an ale seaman, met his death by drowning. Deceased, it appears, went over the ship's bulwarks in order to make the hose fast, prior to washing the decks, and is supposed to have lost his hold during the lurching of the vessel. A lifeboat was lowered and the ship hove to, but the unfortunate man never rose to the surface. After an hour's search the boat returned to the vessel.

    On the 16th December, an accident of a painful nature occurred on board, which nearly cost the captain his life. A passenger named Geo. Moilliet had been shooting at an albatross with a six-chambered revolver, and, it was thought, had fired off all the barrels, when he submitted the piece to Captain Weatherburn for inspection. Only five barrels were, it appears, discharged, for, as the captain handed back the revolver to the young man, the sixth accidentally went off. The muzzle of the piece was pointed at the captain, and the bullet, which was a small conical one, entered the right side of his chest, an a half inch from the sternum. The ball took a slanting direction downwards and inwards. Both persons were standing on the poop at the time of the accident. Dr Shoolbraid dressed the wound, and, under his care, the captain steadily progressed  towards recovery. Captain Weatherburn was confined to his cabin in consequence of the accident, from the date of its occurrence until the morning of his arrival in port, when he was sufficiently recovered to walk the pop.
    During the passage the Divine service was performed every Sunday by the Rev. J.L. Moilliet, a Church of England minister on a visit to Auckland.  Amongst the passengers by this vessel, as will be seen by the following list, are several old settlers, who return to the province after a brief absence.

Saloon (14)
Abrams 		Frederick
Abrams 		Jane L
Avant 		Jemima Minnie
Bodkin 		Albert
Bodkin 		Benjamin
Bodkin 		John
Marshall 	J F
Martin 		John
May 		John
May 		Joseph
Reynolds 	William
Turner 		Thomas E
Venning 	Mary
Wright 		Philip

Second Cabin (7)
Bevan 		Miss
Gouland 	Frederick William
Moilliet 	George
Moilliet 	Reverend J L
Moilliet 	James R
Sakett 		Sarah
Tissington 	A

Steerage (73)
Bridgman 	Ann Jane
Bridgman 	Elizabeth
Bryers 		Geo
Bryers 		Mary
Bullock 	George
Bullock 	George
Bullock 	Sarah
Burston 	Henry
Burston 	Mary Ann
Campbell 	Hugh
Carrick 	Mary
Charnley 	Ed
Chorda 		Emily
Chorda 		George
Chorda 		James
Chorda 		Mary
Chorda 		Rachel
Chorda 		Susan
Coffey 		Ellen
Coffey 		Philip
Cook 		Fanny
Cook 		John
Cook 		Mary and infant born on voyage
Cook 		Wm
Cragg 		David
Edgar 		Elizabeth
Edgar 		Mary
Edgar 		William
Evans 		Emma
Evans 		W
Farley 		Ellen
Farley 		Rosanna
Gondle 		Jane and child
Gondle 		W J
Gribbon 	Margaret
Harrison 	John W
Hawthorn 	Jane
Hawthorn 	John
Hayward 	G
Kelly 		Alexander
Kelly 		Mary
Kelly 		Sarah
Lane 		E
Lealy 		Horace F
Lee 		William M
McGill 		Margaret
McKie 		S
Mayben 		Geo.
Nolan 		John
Nolan 		Thos
Norvill 	Wadham
Paine 		Elizabeth
Parke 		Frederick
Pitts 		Wm
Ross 		Elizabeth
Ross 		Jane
Ross 		John
Ryland 		W C
Sephton 	Richard
Warrington 	George
Wheeler 	James
Wilson 		Ann
Wilson 		Margaret
Wilson 		Robert
Wiltshire 	Geo.
Wiltshire 	Sarah and infant born on voyage
Yates 		E
Yates 		Mary Ann and infant born on voyage
Young 		Henry

Off site passenger list

Daily Southern Cross, 24 August 1866, Page 4
ARRIVAL OF THE PERCY. The troop-transport ship Percy, Captain Liddell, arrived at Plymouth on the 23rd June, from Auckland, after a fast passage of 84 days. The Percy had on board the left wing of her Majesty's 68th Regiment, in command of Colonel Morant, besides a large and valuable cargo. She left the North Cape of New Zealand in company with the Ballarat, and made a good run of 30 days to the Cape of Good Hope, experiencing a five weather passage throughout. Three invalid soldiers died during the passage, but the health of the troops was excellent. Passengers : Colonel Morant (in command), Dr. and Mrs. Mouatt, Major Kirby, Captain Grace, Captain Casement, Lieuteuant and Adjutant Buller, Dr. Codrington, Lieutenants Beder, Robley, Hood, Caldicutt ; Ensigns Clifford, Woodward, Paice ; Quartermaster Sladlden, two wounded officers, and 400 rank and file of her Majesty's 68th Reigment.

ARRIVAL OF THE BALLARAT. The barque Ballarat, Captain Allan, with the headquarters of H.M. 68th Regiment ou board, in command of Colonel Greer, arrived at Plymouth on the 9th June, after a very quick run of 70 day's from the East Cape of New Zealand. No casualties are reported during the passage, the troops arriving at their destination in perfect health, after one of the quickest passages on record. The following is a report of the vessel from the New Zealand Examiner of June 12 : " The transport Ballarat, 685 tons register, Captain Joseph Allan, belonging to Messrs. Vanner, Prest, and Lyth, arrived at Plymouth on the 9th, and proceeded to Portsmouth to land troops. She left East Cape, New Zealand, March 21, at 10 p.m., with, a cargo of wool, kauri gum, and oil, and 346 men, women, and children, being the head-quarters of the 68th Regiment, under the command of Colonel Greer, C.B., and eight naval invalids. Her other passengers are Mr. Greer and four children ; Sergeant-Major Best, Mrs. Best, and five children ; Captains Tucker and Seymour, Adjutant C. Covey ; Lieutenants Bolden, Kay, and Palmer; and Ensigns Ilderton, Green, and L. Woodward. The Ballarat rounded Cape Horn April 26, crossed the line May 9, and has experienced generally fine weather throughout the whole passage. She spoke, the Andreas, 33 days from Liverpool for Auckland, 18th., lat 23-15 N., long. 39 10 W.,  the Strahallan, 86 days from Napier, for London ; 27th, lat. 36.21 N., long. 41 "38 W...