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
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.
Passengers 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...