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'Pomona'

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There is a long column write up on the Pomona in the Otago Witness Saturday 22nd April 1876, page 11.
The following is a transcript and image from the Southland Times, April 16th, 17th and 18th.
The image below is off the wonderful NZ National Libraries website.  'Papers Past' - a NZ National Library website. 

The Pomona arrived on Good Friday, 14 Apr 1876, at Bluff from Glasgow under the command of Captain Robert Tannock. The Pomona was a full rigged iron ship, 1196 tons, a well appointed vessel, albeit old fashioned in one or two pacticulars, whilst as regards others, she is altogether the other way. She has a capital engine department, including condensor and steam boilers for cooking purposes. Her saloon accommodation is small, but neat and comfortable. This was the maiden voyage from Greenock 21 January 1876 and cast off from the steam tug next day off Isle of man. Arrived Bluff 14 April 1876 and landed immigrants on the following day, and left in the evening for Dunedin. She brings 160 immigrants. There is a diary written by, a passenger, Richard Calverley at the Otago Settler’s Museum, Dunedin, ref. C19.

On the 27th February Mr McCauley's infant, Mary McCauley. aged 11 months, died from diarrhoea, and was buried in the evening. On the 7th March, the doctor, James O'Brien, the surgeon-superintendent in charge of the immigrants, succumbed to the inroads of an insidious disease, consumption, much regretted by all. He was buried at 5 p.m., the rites of the Church of England being read over him according to his last wishes.

The Pomona is one of the celebrated Allan Line of Canadian clippers. In 1870 Capt. Robert Tannock was the master selected to sail the English yacht, Cambria, in the great ocean race from Southampton to New York, a distance of 3000 miles, beating the Yankee-built challenger, Dauntless, somewhat narrowly it must be confessed, was beaten by  26 miles, 1 hour and 17 minutes by Cambria, skippered by Captain Tannock, the winner in 23 days, 5 hours, 17 minutes and 15 seconds, but nevertheless securing a victory to the English cruiser. The race was an honor alike to the builder and the commander.

 

 Assisted Immigration
Southland Times 18 April 1876 pg. 4