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Shipping Intelligence & BDMs extracts from various 19th century New Zealand newspapers 
Hawke's Bay newspaper index project

The newspaper images can be found on the wonderful NZ National Library Papers Past website. 

Captain William Hobson RN said February 1840
"He iwi tahi tatou". ("We are now one people.")

New Zealand Gazette and Wellington Spectator, 9 February 1842
Arrived. Feb. 5, schooner Sarah Maxwell, from the coast ; cargo, pigs.
Feb. 6, schooner Nymph, 22 tons, Bennett, from Nelson Haven. - Passengers � Messrs. Dudley Sinclair, C. H. Strauss, and Edward Crewe.
Feb. 7, schooner Look-in, 82 tons, Cannon, from Wyderop.
Same day, barque Lord Auckland, 628 tons, Capt. Jardine, from London ; for the New Zealand Company's Settlement, Nelson. Passengers � Mr. and Mrs. Otterson and infant, Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins, Messrs. Fell, Graham, Greeahow, Barnicoat, F. D. Jenkins, Sclanders, Sweet, Patchett, Thompson, and Moon ; G. S. Lidbitter, Esq., Surgeon ; and 155 in the steerage.

New Zealand Gazette and Wellington Spectator, 12 February 1842, Page 2
ARRIVED. 9, barque Brougham, 238 tons, Capt. J. Robertson, from London ; 106 days out; general cargo. Passengers � Mr. and Mrs. Brees, Mr. and Mrs. Sheppard, Mr. and Mrs. Tiffen, Messrs. Scrank, Wyley, Whitehead, F. Sheppard, Charlton, Wills, Nicholson, Hunt, Smith, Tully, Jolly, Scrogs, Allom, Norman, and Dr. Gilbert ; three servants, and three children. Feb. 11, schooner Mana, 25,. Munn, from Wanganui and Nelson Haven.

New Zealand Gazette and Wellington Spectator 16 February 1842
Feb. 12 sailed barque Tyne, 424, Capt. Robertson, for Sydney. Passengers � Messrs. Virtue, Go wan, Doughty, and Dr. Sinclair.

New Zealand Gazette and Wellington Spectator 19 February 1842
Arrived Feb. 17 ship Clifton, 579, J. A. Cox, commander, from London, with immigrants for Port Nicholson, and general merchandize. Passengers � Mrs. Cox and child, Messrs. R. Collins, Weatherby, W. Moody, and 283 in the steerage. G. H. Smith, Esq., surgeon-superintendant. � Agents, Waitt & Tyser.


The New Zealand Colonist  and Port Nicholson Advertiser published bi-weekly in Wellington from 2 August 1842 and continued for one year only until the 3 August 1843. Publication stopped due to poor sales combined with a fire in its Lambton Quay office. 

Whalers at Port Nic.
Another site

Tuesday 2nd August 1842

Shipping Intelligence
Arrived July 28 - The barque Wallaby, 287 tons, Bailey, master, from the whaling grounds

page 3 poem The Pearl Wearer

Friday 5th August 1842

Aug. 3 - The brig Patriot, 189 tons, Wright, master, from Hobart Town and Auckland. Sailed about the 27th of May last with one passenger aboard, Mr Formby. In Auckland the brig was detained three weeks, in consequence of illness of the crew (with the exception of two men) from malaria, which the medical attendant attributed to the excessive humidity of the atmosphere.

August 4 - The schooner Ariel, Capt. Cruikshank, for Nelson. Passengers - Mr S. Revans, Mr Anderson senior, and Mr John Anderson, junior.
Same day, the barque Wallaby, Captain Bailey, for the whaling ground.

In Port
Barque Clydeside, Glasgow, 230, Waitt & Co. agents; arrived Jan. 26, from the Clyde; laid up for repairs
Barque Indennity, London, 450, Adams, Waitt & Co agents; arrived July 12, from London; for Nelson, Valparaiso, and London, repairing
Barque Exporter, London, 216, R. Anwyl, Fitzherbert agent; arrived July 12, from Sydney; for Manilla
Barque Bright Planet, Sydney, 187 Morrison, Bethune & Hunter, agents; arrived from the coast; for the coast and Sydney
Barque Wallaby, London, 287, Bailey, Willis & Co. agents; arrived July 28 from the whaling ground; for the whaling ground
Schooner Ariel, Sydney, 74, Cruickshank, J. Wade, agent; arrived July 25, put back leaky; for Nelson and Taranaki
Schooner Perservance, Sydney, 45, Bishop, J.M. Taylor, agent; arrived July 19, from the Chatham Islands; for Nelson
Schooner Ann, Wellington, 22, Brown, Schultze, agent; arrived July 22 from Akaroa; laid up
Schooner Henry, Wellington, 17, Daymond, Wallace & Co. agents; arrived July 25, from Terawiti; for charter.
Schooner Lady Leigh, Wellington, 109, Munn, W. Fitzherbert, agent; arrive July 31, from Kapiti; for Kapiti and Sydney
Cutter Royal William, Hobart Town, 43, William Lovett, Wallace, White, Wallace & Co. agents; arrived July 20, from Akaroa; for Nelson and coast
Cutter Pickwick, Launceston, 38, Styles, J. Wade, agent; arrived July 22, from Poverty Bay; for Poverty Bay
Cutter Catherine Johnston, Sydney, 14, Taylor, Wallace & Co. agents; arrived July 24, from Wanganui; for Wanganui
Brig Patriot, Hobart Town, 189, Wright, C.M. Penny, agent; arrived Aug. 3, from Auckland; for charter

Leaving the island. Photo taken by A.I.F. Anzac Day, 2007.
Kapiti Island - A small island, almost 5,000 acres, about 6 miles by 1 to 1 miles in length, three nautical miles off the mouth of the Waikanae River and Porirua Harbour, on the west coast of Wellington.  Captain Cook called it Entry Island. The island offers a great diversity of landscapes and fine seascapes.

Tuesday 9 August 1842

Aug. 6 - The cutter Royal William, Lovett, master, for Nelson and the coast
Aug. 7 - The cutter Pickwick, Styles, master, for Poverty Bay
Same day - the cutter Catherine Johnston, Taylor, master, for Wanganui
Aug. 8 -The barque Bright Planet, Morrison, master, for Cloudy Bay [Marlborough]

Launch of the Schooner Maori Davis.
On Friday last, the 5th instant, this craft was launched from Mr Meech's building yard, Thorndon Quay. It being the first vessel of her size (14 tons) built for a bona fide native owner.

poem page 3 Robin The Gardener's
The Ecclesiastical appointments gazetted July 12, 1842 (From the Government Gazette)

Friday 12 August 1842

Aug. 9 - The schooner Elizabeth, 60, from Nelson, Joseph Smith master. Passengers - Mrs White, Mrs Smith, two children and servant, Mr Kent, Mr Wright and servant, and Miss Dyson
Same day the schooner Success, 82, Mason, master, from Sydney; C.V. Evans, agent; cargo sundries- 10 puncheons rum; 147 bags sugar; 16 hhds porter; 12 horses; 150 sheep; 55 boxes soap; 18 bags coffee. Passengers - Mr Somerville, Mr G. Taylor, Mr C. Jackson, Mrs Hext, Mrs Leonard, Mrs Storey, and child
Aug. 11 - H.M. brig Victoria, Nagle, commander, Auckland, having on board the Right Rev. Dr. Selwyn, Lord Bishop of New Zealand, and the Rev. Messrs Cole and Rae.
The Governor Hobson, schooner, is reported to be anchored within the heads.

Nelson Shipping List
Arrived - July 19, the schooner Mena, 21, Swinie, from Port Nicholson, with spirits
Sailed - July 19, the schooner Minerva, 129, Reid, for Port Nicholson, in ballast

The Masters of Vessels in Port are requested to send to this Office, Lambton Quay, for a copy of the New Zealand Colonist (which will be furnished to them gratis), on each morning of publication - viz. every Tuesday and Friday. 

Captain Richard's, late of Her Majesty's Brig Victoria, is to be Harbour Master at Nelson.

Tuesday 16 August 1842

Aug. 12 - The New Zealander, 17 tons, Guard, master, from Cloudy Bay. Waitt & Tyser, agents
Aug. 14 - The schooner Vanguard, Murray, master, from Akaroa and Cloudy Bay. Passenger - Mr A. Hort
Same day, the schooner, Look-In, Finlay, master, from Nelson

Aug. 11 - The schooner Lady Leigh, 109, Munn, master, for Sydney and Manilla
Aug. 12 - The barque Exporter, 216, Anwyl, for Sydney and Manilla
Aug. The barque Bright Planet, 187, Morrison, master, for Cloudy Bay
Same day the schooner Perseverance, 50, Bishop, master for Taranaki and Nelson. Passengers - Messrs Taylor, Anderson, Warbrick and Brookes
Same day - the schooner Henry, Daymond, master, for Palliser Bay

Narrow Escape from Drowning
Last Thursday, a boat laden with wool from Petoni, bound for Te Aro, with Charles Cameron, Peter McGregor and a sailor; it was blowing very hard at the time; The proceeded as far as Ngaurangi in safety, when a gust of wind upset the boat. The upper part of the cargo washed away and the boat again righted. They were drifting out at sea all night. The boat was fill of water. About nine o'clock the following morning, some natives rescued them from a watery grave, near Barrett's reef, and brought them ashore more dead than alive.

Launch of the "Richmond" schooner.
The Richmond is about 30 tons measurement; she was built on the Okauta, on the site of the proposed village of Richmond. She has been built under the superintendence and we believe we may add by the manual labour of Mr Sinclair, the owner and his sons; she is a pretty model and faithfully built. She was launched into her native element on Thursday last. Mr Fitzherbert is her agent. Her first trip will be to Kapiti and Nelson. 

Aug. 19 - The cutter Catherine Johnstone, Thomas Taylor, master, from Wanganui.
Same day, schooner Black Warrior, McGregor, master from Wanganui
Aug. 20 - The brigantine Kate, 63 tons, McFarlane, master, from Hawkes Bay. Cargo, pigs and maize.

Friday 26th August 1842

Aug - 23 - The barque Eleanor, 153 tons, Robert Johnson, master, from Broulee, New South Wales, with cattle. W.B. Rhodes & co. agents
Aug. 24 - The schooner Catherine, Bannatyne, master, Sydney, with a general cargo. Passengers - Mr and Mrs Raphael, Messrs. Barnett, Sandoe, Mr and Mrs Nathan, Mr J. Wilkie, Mr A. Wilkie, Mr Asher.

Aug. 23 - The brig Eleanor, Brown master, for Akaroa. Evans, agent.
Same day the schooner, New Zealander, Guard, master, for the Chatham's and Nelson
Aug. 25 - The brigantine Vanguard, Murray, master, for Nelson
Same day, the brigantine Success, Brown, master, for the Coast and Sydney.

Sydney Shipping Intelligence
Captain R. Bell, (late owner of the Gem), had purchased the schooner Hannah, and laid her on the berth as a trader for Port Nicholson
The Eagle from Port Nicholson had arrived on the 4th instant, having been out 31 days
The Isabella Anna, had not arrived when the Catherine left.
The schooner Wane left for this port on the 6th inst.

Vessels laid on for this port at Sydney
The brig William Fletcher, for Auckland, Bay of Islands, and this port; the barque Arnwell, for this port direct; the barque Jane Goudie, for this port and Valparaiso; the barque Achilles, for this Port and Valparaiso

Vessels laid on in London
(From Hardy's Jerusalem Shipping List)
For Wellington, the brig Nelson, 253 tons, to sail the 10th of April
For Wellington and Nelson, the barque Charles Kerr, 463 tons, to sail the 20th of April
For Auckland and the Bay of Islands, the Tuscan, 230 tons, to sail the 16th of April
For Auckland and Bay of Islands, the Thomas Harrison, to sail the 30th of April

Tuesday 30th August 1842

Aug. 28 - The schooner Henry, 16 tons, Daymond, master, from the Cape Terawiti and the coast.
Same day the brigantine Hannah, R. Bell, commander, from Sydney - She brings, 20 head of cattle, 1 horse, 169 bags sugar, 40 bags of coffee, 10 boxes oranges, 1 bale blankets. Willis & Co., agents.

August 27 - The schooner Jane, for the fishing station Widerop (Wyderop). Passenger - J. Wade, Esquire
Same day, the Catherine Johnston, Taylor, master, for Wanganui, with Mr A. Duncan, wife and family
Aug. 29 - The barque Eleanor, Captain Johnson, for Sydney direct. Passengers - Mr and Mrs Bryson and Mrs AbrahamSept. 2 1842

In port. Schooner Look-In, 80, Finlay, from Nelson, repairing.

Friday 2nd September 1842

Aug. 30 - The brigantine Success, 82 tons, Mason, master, from Cloudy Bay; put in in distress. C.M. Evans, Agent
Aug. 31. The barque Lady Mary Pelham, of Launceston, John Harper, master, from the whaling grounds, with 300 barrels Black, 100 barrels Sperm Oil. Willis and Co. agents.

The Sir Charles Forbes had arrived, bringing English intelligence up to the 30th April. Non-arrival of the Royal William which is bringing her mails. The accommodation lands had been given out, and drains constructed on the swampy ground forming a portion of the town. The Elizabeth had arrived on the 21st instant, also the Victoria, with the Bishop and suite. 

Tuesday 6 September  1842

Sept. 2 - The cutter Royal William, 43 tons, Lovitt, master, from Nelson and Cloudy Bay. Passengers - Mr Sclanders, Mr Warwick and Mr W.E. Wallace.
Sept. 3 - The barque Brougham, Robertson, (Robinson) master, 238 tons, from Sydney, with 400 ewes in lamb, 6 cases trees, and a general cargo. Very few sheep deaths. She has also brought two rams of Lord Western's improved Merino breed. Passengers - Mr Baulcott and Mr Stokes. She had been on the Patent Slip at Sydney, and thoroughly repaired and re-coppered, and is now in excellent sailing order. She had a run of ten days, arriving before the Jane Goudie, which sailed from Sydney three days previous.
Same day, the schooner Vanguard, 61 tons, Murray, master, from Nelson. Passenger - Mr Revans
Same day, the barque Jane Goudie, 280 tons, John Goudie, commander, with 6 horses, 525 sheep, 19 head cattle, a piano, and general cargo. Passengers - Rev. J. Butler, Messrs. O'Farrell, N. Whitehead, J.N. Horrock, G. Hilton, Miss F. Curren, Mrs Goudie and four children, Messrs. J.H. Woodward, C. McGurk, G. Dawson, Mrs Dawson and child, Mrs Stevenson, Mrs Diggles, Miss Mary Diggles, A. McLitten and wife. Steerage - W. Johnson, C. Barnes, W. Maxwell, G. Hull.
Sept. 4 - The cutter Brothers, 53 tons, Bruce, master, from Southern Coast, with black oil and whalebone. Passengers - Mr Dunn and Mr McKenzie.
Same day, the schooner Mana, 20 tons, Sweeny, master, from Kawia, with pigs and potatoes.
Sept. 5 - The cutter Pickwick, 40 tons, Styles, master, from Poverty Bay, with maize and potatoes.

Friday September 9 1842

Sept. 8 - The schooner Ocean, 30 tons, James Ferguson, master, from Nelson and New Plymouth, with maize, potatoes, and sundries. Passengers - Mr Waters and Greenwood
Same day, the schooner, New Zealander, 10 tons, Guard, master, from Cloudy Bay.

Sailed. Sept. 7
The cutter Royal William, Lovett, for Cloudy Bay. Passenger - Mr W. E. Wallace.

Captain Styles, of the Pickwick, reports , from information derived from the natives, the loss of the schooner  Minerva, in Poverty Bay, and that the Ariel was ashore.

Tuesday 13th September 1842

Sept. 10 - Schooner Preserverance, Edward Bishop, master, from Nelson, ballast. Passengers - the Bishop, Rev. Mr Ray, J.M. Taylor, and Mr Ross.
Sept. 12 - The schooner Jane, from whaling station
Sept. 12 - The schooner, Nymph, from Cloudy Bay
Same day, the cutter, Pickwick, Styles, master from the coast. Captain, agent.
The Tobago from London, was entering our port as we were going to press. She touched at the Cape and Hobart Town. She brings no late news, having sailed previously to the Sir Charles Forbes. There are nine cabin passengers, (one of whom is the brother of Major Hornbrook), and a few in the steerage.

Sept. 10 - The brigantine Hannah, Bell, for Nelosn and the Chatham Islands. Passengers - Mr Walkinshaw, Mr Moore, Mr Vertue, Mr Child, Mr Dean, Mr McGurk
Sept. 12 - The schooner, Vanguard, Newton, master, for Nelson, general cargo. Passenger - Mr Schlanders.

page 3 poem
Borough of Wellington by Number One, Hawkestone Street, Sept. 12, 1842

page 2 Wellington Harbour Regulations (summarised)
1. No person shall be deemed a pilot unless he be duly licensed by his Excellency the Governor
3. Every pilot shall carry his license with him, and shall produce it to any captain of any vessel on its being demanded, or forfeit a sum not exceeding forty shillings.
4. The rates of pilotage into or out of any harbour within this Colony, shall be specified in schedule A hereunto annexed... ; but no pilotage is to chargeable on any vessel in the colonial coasting trade, unless the assistance of a pilot be required by the commander of the vessel.
5. Pilots are not bound to conduct any vessel to sea, until payment of pilotage has been satisfactory secured.
6. Any pilot detained on board a vessel longer than forty-eight hours, whether by stress of weather, quarantine or otherwise, is to be paid eight sailings per diem in addition to regular pilotage.
9. Every person who shall more than once have entered the harbour as master of a vessel, may, on being found qualified, on application to the harbour master, be supplied with a certificate of exemption from pilotage and 10. shall hoist at the main a blue and white flag
14. The master of every vessel so anchored shall neither quit, nor permit any seaman, passenger, or other person, to quit the same until he shall been duly admitted to partique, or forfeit a sum not exceeding one hundred pounds.
15. The master of every vessel shall give notice at the post office, at least twenty-four hours before clearing at the Customs House; except masters of coasters; unless when bound from one port of entry to another, or forfeit a sum not exceeding ten pounds.
16. The master of every vessel arriving with gunpowder on board exceeding the quantity necessary as ship stores, shall give notice of.., and land the same at the powder magazine ..
30. Every master of any vessel is also to deliver to the Custom House Officer all public dispatches, letters, parcels and all Post Office mails and letters... and repairing to the Post Office he is there to make a declaration, as per schedule C., of his having duly delivered up all letters, and is produce the said declaration at the Custom House, before making his report. Penalty not exceeding five pounds.
47. Quarantine.. .Yellow flag of not less than six breadths of bunting, at the main, by day, and a light by night in a lanthorn...
Schedule A, B...,
Schedule C
Questions required to be answered by the Master, or other person in command of any ship or vessel arriving in the Port of _______ from any infected place:-
1. What is the name of the vessel, and tonnage...

Mr Edward Paddock, a passenger on Her Majesty's Brig Victoria, from Auckland died.

16th September 1842

Sept. 12 - The cutter Royal William, 43, Lovitt, master, from Cloudy Bay; oil and bone, for Wallace and Co.
Sept. 14 - The brig Tobago, 136 tons, Thomas Downes, from England, the Cape and Hobart Town. Thomas M. Machattie, agent.
Passengers, Cabin: 

Downes	 	Susan and child
Thomas		Charles, Sarah, Harriet, Ann, Janet,
Thomas		Charles David
Ferguson	William
Young	 	Alexander
Hornbrook	William
O'Neil		Henry
In the steerage:
McLean		 Alexander, Isabella and child
McLean		 Margaret
Thomas		 John
Lord		 James
Ling		 Benjamin
Perry		 Thomas
Richardson	 Humphrey
Robertson	 David  

Sept. 14 - The schooner New Zealander, Guard, for Cloudy Bay, with sundries. Passenger - Captain Hodges.

Friday 20 September 1842

From the River Hutt, the schooner Richmond

Sept. 17 - The barque Brougham, Captain Robinson, for Valparaiso. Passenger - R. Stokes, Esq.,
Sept. 18 - Patriot, for Hobart Town. Passengers - Mr and Mrs Mewburn, Mr Sandoe. Steerage - Mr and Mrs Aitkin, Mr Fornby
Same day, schooner Catherine, Bannatyne, for Auckland
Same day, barque, Lady Mary Pelham, John Harper, for Launceston

Friday 23 September 1842

Sept. 22 - The schooner Elizabeth, 60 tons, Smith, from Nelson, in ballast, Wallace and Co

Sept. 22 - The schooner Mana, 37 tons, Swany, master, for the coast.

page 4 Poem. The Lass of Albany by Burns
'for true genius is of no country, and Burns has almost become an Englishman'

Mary Ann Bradshaw
Henry Chapman. I am a mason and sawyer. About six months since, I arrived here in the Birman. I am married, but have no family. I have been in constant work since I came to the colony. The prisoner came out in the same ship as I did, and was always very civil. She was a servant; her husband was on board.
Elizabeth Buck - I am wife to Henry Buck, a smith, in work. I came out in the same ship with the prisoner, she was matron to the hospital.
Robert Startup, labourer, in work at the Clydeside. I came out in the same ship with the prisoner.

Tuesday 27th September 1842

Sept. 23 - Brig Lord Hobart, 161 tons, Kelman, from Twofold Bay, with 62 head cattle
Same day - Barque Regia, 180 tons, Kyle, from Sydney, with 16 horses and general cargo
Sept. 24 - Brig Nelson, McLaren, commander, from London, via the Cape; left the Downs 15th May, and the Cape the 27th July. Passengers - Messrs.

Tyser		 T.B.
Earl		 Percy
Loxley		 W.S.
Birch		 E.N.

She brings a large English mail, and numerous letters for the Wellington settlement.
Same morning - Barque May Hay, A. Volun, from Twofold Bay, with 92 head of cattle
Same morning - Schooner Industry, 24 tons, Barker, from Manawatu
Sept. 26 - Vanguard, 61 tons, Newton, from Nelson, in ballast. Passengers - Messrs. Virtue, Child, Deans, Brodie. Agents, Waitt and Tyser

Sept. 26 - Barque Jane Goudie, 280 tons, Goudie, for Valparaiso.

Vessels on the Berth for New Zealand London, 5th May 1842
St. George, 390, for Auckland, to sail 16th May
Tuscan, 250, for Port Phillip, Auckland and Bay of Islands
Blenheim, 500, for Wellington and New Plymouth, to sail about 15th June 
Mellish, 424, Wellington and Nelson
Thomas Harrison, 355, Nelson, to sail 24th May
Olympus, 500, for New Zealand, early June

From Liverpool
Geo. Fyfe, 460, for Wellington and Nelson, to sail 1st June
Glenairn, 297, Port Adelaide, South Australia, and Port Nicholson, New Zealand, to sail about 10th May

From Greenock
Jane Gliford, 558, for Auckland
Duchess of Argyll, 667, for New Zealand

Friday 30 September1842

Sept. 27 - Schooner Jane, from Cloudy Bay
Sept. 28 - Her Majesty's Brig Victoria, from Auckland

By the Victoria, from Auckland, we have received intelligence of the death of our late Governor Captain William Hobson, R.N. His Excellency breathed his last breather at � past 12 o'clock on Saturday morning, the 10th instant at Government House, Auckland. On his coffin engraved on a handsome plate. "Beneath lie the remains of William Hobson Esq., a captain in H.M. Royal Navy, and first Governor of New Zealand, who departed this life on the 10th September,1842, aged 49 years."

The ceremony of the Funeral will take place on Tuesday, 13th instant at 1 o'clock, p.m. His mortal remains were deposited in a brick vault prepared in the new burial ground. The service performed by the Rev. J.F. Churton. The Hon. the Colonial Secretary, Willoughby Shortland, Esq., followed as chief mourner. The body, covered by the Union Jack, was carried by sailors of Her Majesty's Brig Victoria, and military honors were performed over the grave by a party of the 80th Regiment in attendance, under the command of Captain Best. Major Bunbury, Dr. Gammie, and the rest of the military officers were present. The aborigines crowded into town in great numbers early in the morning and the ceremony of "Uhunga" was performed in every quarter, as if for one of their own most valued chiefs. Every male carried a musket.; but with intuitive politeness they abstained from their explosions till the military salute had been fired. Their demonstrations after this were rather noisy; there is scarcely any sound so dear to the New Zealander as the crack of his musket or fowling-piece. Most of the females had their hair fantastically ornamented with wreaths of supple-jack - a very pretty native wild climbing plant, just now in full blossom. The funeral arrangement were conducted by Langford and Gardener.

Sept. 27 - Schooner Perseverance, Bishop, for Sydney. passengers - Dr Hansard and others.
Same day - Sloop Royal William, 45 tons, Lovett, for Nelson. Passengers -Mr John Wallace, Mr Ross, Mrs Rankin and two children; general cargo.
Same day - Schooner Ocean, 25 tons, Ferguson, for Manawatu; general cargo
Sept. 28 - Brig Tobago, London, 136, Thomas Downs, for Auckland. Passengers - Mr J. Greenwood and others; cargo, part of original from England
Sept 29 - Schooner Richmond, for Nelson.

Sydney Shipping Intelligence
From Kapiti, on Tuesday, having left the 16th instant, the barque, Tyrian, 233 tons, Capt. Clarkson, in ballast
From the Bay of Islands, on Wednesday, having left the 14 ultimo, the schooner Thomas Crispy, 175 tons, Captain Beard, with 11 tons oil. Passenger - Mr Armstrong
From Kapiti, the same day, having left the 16th ultimo, the schooner Lady Leigh, 109 tons, Captain Munn, with 15 tons, black oil. Passengers - Captain G. Smith, Messrs Dengate, Bragge, Langdon, and Short.

Inquest before J. Fitzgerald, Coroner, on the body of Henry Sutherland. It appears from evidence of Richard Robinson and Edward Bowler, that the deceased met his death in the praiseworthy attempt to save a child belonging to a Mrs Parker, which had accidentally fallen into the river Waiwetu. The child was saved.

William Hay, Esq to be Harbour-Master at Wellington. This appointment dates from the 11th day of August, 1842. By command, (For the Colonial Secretary), James Stuart Freeman. Auckland.

Tuesday 4th October 1842

Oct. 2 - Schooner, Henry, Daymond, from the coast.

Inquest at the Highlander Inn, Kai-warra-warra, before John Fitzgerald, M.D. Coroner, on the body of William Edwards. Drowned.

Extract from the Auckland Times
The life and career of our late Governor, Captain William Hobson, R.N.

"William Hobson, while commanding the Lion schooner, in the West Indies, distinguished himself against pirates off Cuba, in 1823.  Passed 1811;
Lieutenant, 11th November, 1813: 
Commander, 18th March, 1824; 
and Captain, 9th July, 1828.
Captain Hobson was serving as Lieutenant at Jamaica, in the year 1823 when Sir Charles Rowley, the Commander-in-Chief of that station, from the swarms of pirates annoying our trade in those seas, to fit out to schooners to go in search of them. Lieutenant Hobson volunteered, and was put in command of the Lion, on which service he distinguished himself, by taking several piraticle vessels, with their crews and the most notorious chiefs, whom he brought to punishment. (Some of the incidents have furnished materials of one of the most popular passages in Captain Cringle's Log). A short time after he was made Commander, and re-appointed to the Ferrett, sent on the same service, when he again was actively employed. In paying off the Scylla, to which vessel he had been removed, in 1828, he was promoted by the Lords of the Admiralty to the rank of Post Captain. He was afterwards commanded the Rattlesnake, detached from the East India station, to New Zealand... Captain Hobson has left a young and interesting family.

[In July 1839 he was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of New Zealand where he died on Sept.10, 1842, aged 49 years. He left a widow, a daughter and a son who became a captain in the Navy.] 
The Governors of New Zealand Otago Witness Dec. 17 1896 page 53

Friday 7th October 1842

Oct. 4 - Schooner New Zealander, 17, Guard, from Cloudy Bay, in ballast. Agent, J. Guard
Oct. 5 - Schooner Union, 27, Stiles, from Auckland. Agent. J. Stiles. Passengers - Messrs. J.A. Brown, Mr Stewart
Oct. 6 - Barque Eagle, 600, Buckly, from Nelson; cargo cattle. Passengers - Messrs Moore and D. Sinclair

Oct. 4 - Her Majesty's Brig Victoria, for Akaroa.
Oct. 4 - Schooner Industry, 24 tons, Barker, for Porirua
Oct. 6 - The brigantine Success, Mason, master, for Wairarapa and Cloudy Bay

Summary of Shipping List kept at the Exchange, for the month of September, since the establishment of the settlement.




Sept. 1839












Of the above twenty-four vessels entered in September 1842; seventeen have been coasters, five from Sydney, and two from London. The stock imported during the month has been considerable, and of fine quality; it has consisted of 24 horses; 177 head of cattle; 1140 sheep. The coasters have brought a limited quantity of maize, potatoes, and a few tons of oil &c., from the whaling stations. The exports have chiefly consisted of provisions and stores for the Company's settlements. In September 1839 the Troy first entered and anchored in Port Nicholson. Three years have now lapsed, during which period, as appears from the Exchange Shipping List, no fewer than 500 vessels have entered the harbour. We now only want a small tug steam-boat. 

Tuesday 11 October 1842

Oct. 9 - The schooner Ariel, Cruickshank, from New Plymouth, pigs and potatoes. Passenger - A. Hort.

Oct. 5 - Brig Lord Hobart, for Twofold Bay
Same Day - Schooner Vanguard, A. Newton, cattle and general cargo, for New Plymouth
Oct. 8 - Schooner Look-In, 82, Finlay, for Chatham Islands
Same day - Brig Nelson, is detained from contrary winds.

Friday 14th October 1842

Oct. 9 - Barque Arachne, cattle. Passengers, G. Duppa. Esq.
Oct. 12 - Schooner Industry, from the Coal Heaver, oil and bone
Oct. 13 - H.M. Colonial Brig Victoria, Nagle, from Cloudy Bay. Passenger, Mr W.E. Wallace
Same day - Brigantine Success, Mason, from Cloudy Bay, with oil and bone. Passenger, Mr Evans

Oct. 10 - Schooner New Zealander, 17, Guard, for Cloudy Bay and Nelson. Agent J. Guard. Passenger, Mr Wright.
Oct. 12 - Schooner Elizabeth, 60 tons, Smith, for Auckland, in ballast. Passengers, W. Spain, Esq., Commissioner of Land Claims; Colonel Wakefield, Principal Agent to the New Zealand Company. The main object of their journey is to arrange, at the seat of government, the terms of settlement with the natives for their unsatisfied claims.
Same day - Cutter Pickwick, for Poverty Bay, with cattle, wind-bound at the heads.

The infant settlement at Manakau Harbour is progressing rapidly. Upwards of ninety people are now established there under the directions of L. McLaughlan, Esq., the acting manager of the company, in room of the late Capt. Symonds. A water mill of great power is nearly completed. Mr Lawlor J.P. one of the first emigrants from Scotland is one of the spirited proprietors. The Company certainly could not have selected a finer Kauri forest on which to commence there operations. At Kaipara most of the valuable land is strictly "tapu". The natives residing at Awito on the opposite side of the harbour are peaceful and willing to work on moderate terms.

Tuesday 18 October 1842

Oct. 15- Schooner Henry, Daymond, for Cloudy Bay and Queen Charlotte's Sound. Passengers, Mr W.E. Wallace and Mr Butler
Same day - Cutter Pickwick, Samuel Axton, for Poverty Bay. Passenger, Mr Arthur
Oct. 17 - H.M. Brig Victoria, Nagle, for Nelson, New Plymouth and Auckland. Passengers, His Honor the Chief Justice, __ Outhwaite, Esq., Registrar,, George Clarke, Esq., Protector of Aborigines and J. Campbell, Esq.
Same day - Schooner Richmond, Sinclair, for Nelson. Sundries.

Friday 21 October 1842

Oct. 7 - The barque Amwel, 300, Hesse, from Sydney, 100 tons flour, horses, and general cargo. Passengers - Mr G. Smith, and Mr Rayes? (Hayes)?; in the steerage, Mr and Miss Henderson, Mr Levy, Mrs and Master Smallwood
Oct. 19 - Schooner Cheerful, 123, Foster, from Valparaiso, with 161 tons flour, touched at Tahiti
Same day - Schooner Kate, with cargo of pigs, maize and potatoes; Machattie, Agent
Oct. 20 - Brig Diana, from Twofold Bay, cattle 

Tuesday 25 October 1842

Oct. 20 -Barque Bright Planet, 187, Morrison, from Sydney
Oct 21 - Schooner Adelaide, 95, Hurburgh, from Hobart Town, via Nelson; general cargo
Oct. 24 - Schooner Hannah, Bell, from Chatham Islands, with 10 tons oil, 75 pigs, and 30 tons potatoes

Oct. 24 - Schooner Mana, Swany, for Nelson
Same day - Barque Arachne, 269, Pearce, for Sydney
Oct. 23 - Schooner Union, 27, Styles, for Bay of Islands and Auckland

Birth. At Wanganui, on Monday, the 10th inst., the lady of Gilbert Francis Dawson, Esq., Police Magistrate, of a daughter.

Marriage. Henry William Petre, second son of Lord and Lady Petre married Helen, daughter of Richard Walmesly, Esq., of Middleton hall at the catholic chapel, at Brentwood. Ceremony performed by Rev. J. Moltino. The youthful bridegroom who was one of the founders of the colony of New Zealand, and to which settlement he will return shortly. SMH.

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Wrecks In Torres Straits
The Spanish brig Nuevo Belbaino, Captain Jose Alaejos, when passing through Torres Straits, on her way from Sydney to Singapore, rescued six English sailors from one of Sir Charles Hardy's islands, who gave the following account:-
They had belonged to the ship Martha Ridgway, of Liverpool, 650 tons, Capt. Henry Webb, bound to Bombay, from New Zealand. On the night of the 7th July, being near the outer barrier reef of the Torres Straits, the ship was laid to at 10 o'clock p.m. and at �  past 11 p.m., she struck on a coral reef; the mizen mast was immediately cut away, to lighten the ship abaft, in hope that she would go over the reef. She was finally abandoned the next day, at 11 o'clock a.m.; the weather was moderately fine. All hands embarked in boats, the captain, with the steward, second mate, and five men in the cutter; the chief mate, with a passenger, and 14.7 men, in the long boat; and five seamen in the gig; they all steered W. and by N. till three o'clock p.m. The captain and crew landed the cutter on a sand bank, where they intended to remain the night. The captain ordered the second mate, and five men who were with him to go and assist the gig in towing up the long boat, while he and the steward remained on the bank; Seeing the long boat could not make it against the strong wind and current. The captain had a flag flying, but darkness came upon them, and they pulled all night without being able to reach it, and made for the three islands to leeward of them, where they remained for five days without food, till rescued by the Belbaino. They went out each day from the island, in search of the bank, where the unfortunate captain and steward were left without any means of escape, but they were so weak that they could not pull far at a time, and being without a compass, and so driven about by the currents, that they ignorant of its position, it is no wonder they were unsuccessful. As for the long boat and gig, with their crews, there is little fear for their safety, for, with a fair wind and smooth sea, they could scarcely fail to make some of the more northern islands, where they would be sure to see vessels passing at this season. The reef on which the Martha Ridgway was lost is supposed to be near 144 deg. E. longitude, and 12 deg. S. lat or probably a little more northerly, as the captain had evidently over-run his distance, having been deceived by the strong currents which set to the north-west about 1� miles per hour.
The Belbaino also reports the loss of a barque in Torres Straits, in 10deg. 33sec. S. lat. and 142deg. 18sec. E. long., Wednesday Island bearing N.N.W. a distance about four miles, and Horned Hill bearing S.S.E. She apparently struck on a sharp rock which was seen astern of her, gone off again, and sank up to her lower yards. She was perfectly upright, and at a distance looked liked a vessel at anchor. Her masts and rigging were in good preservation, but ll her sails were gone, with the exception of the main-top-gallant sail, the leech of which was flapping in the wind. She appeared to be a small barque, about 300 or 350 tons with white mast heads and black yards, main-royal mast and royal yard across, and short fore-top-gallant mast. There was nothing living to be seen about her, and from the appearance of the ropes and spars it was conjectured that the accident happen two or three weeks before the Belbaino passed, which was on the 18th July.
    I have ascertained that the vessel mentioned here was the barque Two Sisters, which left Sydney June 19. The crew was saved by the barques Malcolm and Nouvelle Ermance
    I have also ascertained that the crew of the long-boat and the remainder of the persons missing from the unfortunate Martha Ridgway, have been picked up by the troop vessels John Brewer, Kelso, and Arab, and taken on to Bombay. - Sydney Herald.

page 4 poem
The History of Life
I saw an infant in its mother's arms..

Friday 28th October 1842

Oct. 25 - Schooner Susannah Ann, 80, Dougherty, from Chatham Islands; Pork and Potatoes. agent, J. Wade

Destruction by Fire of an Indiaman. Five lives lost. Lost of the ship Georgia, 800-900 tons burden, of Newcastle, Captain Mitchell, bound for London. Valued at 7,000l. She had a rich cargo onboard, consisting of jewellery, merchandise and other property. A loss in total value of nearly 200,000,000. The unfortunate event occurred on the morning of the 1st of last month while on her passage to England from Calcutta, which place she left in the early part of February. The Thomas Sparks brought over the news, from China, which arrived off Dartmouth on Friday morning. The vessel was in latitude 30 south and longitude 36 east, off Madagascar...

 1 November 1842

Oct. 29 - Schooner Henry, Daymond, from Queen Charlotte's Sound and Cloudy Bay. Passengers - Mr W.E. Wallace and Mr N. Butler
October 30 - Barque Bolina, 215, Twohey, from Sydney; agent, T.M. Machattie. Passengers, in the cabin - Mr Webster, Leathart, Captain Salmon, and 20 in steerage
Oct. 31 - Schooner Jane, from the coast; sundries
Oct. 31 - Brig Elizabeth, 230, Guthridge, with 3,000 bags flour; agents, Ridgways & Co

Oct. 29 - Schooner Hannah, 90, Bell, Oct. 24, for Chatham Islands; agents, Willis & Co
Same day - Barque Eagle, 438, Buckley, for Sydney and Bay of Plenty, in ballast
Same day - Brig Diana, 162, Paterson, Twofold Bay, in ballast
Same day - Schooner Ariel, 73, Cruikshank, for Akaroa.

Mutiny - The Ship Duke of Richmond

Who is the most fiery Commander in the Harbour?
Why, Hesse, of the Amwell, to be sure, because S. makes HOT-SHOT

Disastrous Intelligence from Port Natal and the Cape. It has been the intention of the Government for some time past to take possession of this settlement on behalf of the British Crown. An expedition for this purpose was dispatched from the Cape...

The barque Eagle, which brought stock here from Newcastle, has gone to Bay of Plenty for a return cargo of sulphur and ores, as dead weight for London, as well as spars; she fills up with wool in New South Wales.

Friday 4 November 1842

November 2 - Cutter Catherine Johnstone, Taylor, from Nelson; Wallace & Co. agents
Nov. 3 - Barque Blenheim, 375, John Gray, from London, via Plymouth, 2nd July, with 159 immigrants for Taranaki

Nov. 1 - Schooner Adelaide, 95, Hurburgh, for Auckland. passengers - Miss Newman, Miss Scymoar, Mr Rich and Mr Torre; agents, White and Wallace.
Same day - Schooner Kate, McFarlane, for the coast

The flour brought by the Elizabeth (about 230 tons) was sold at the low sum of about �15 per ton.

Annual Meeting of the New Zealand Company with a write-up on Wellington and New Plymouth, and the new town of "Petre" at Wanganui. Printed in the New Zealand Journal, in England. June 11 

..The White population is calculated by Mr Heaphy at 4,600. About 200 natives are completely domesticated in the families of the settlers. There are 445 houses in Wellington; 195 substantially built of brick or wood, at an aggregate cost of �23,600. Land suitable for building near the beach was letting at the close of last year, for short terms of years, for 10s. per lineal foot of street frontage, and that on the beach for �1 per foot water-frontage. Commerce is flourishing. When Mr Heaphy left Wellington, there were twenty vessels in the harbour; one vessel of sixty tons burden was on the stocks, and nearly ready for launching. Receipts of the Custom-House in the first month after it was opened amounted to �1,000.

(From the Nelson Examiner)
The Thomas Harrison arrived Tuesday morning, and came direct into the haven in beautiful style. She sailed on the 25th of May, and was detained by calms for a length of time on the line. She is 70 days from the line. A very small mail has arrived by her, as she left a short time after the Sir Charles Forbes. The deaths on board have only been two children. Captain Smith, is, we understand, owner as well as commander.
The following vessels were laid on for New Zealand at the time of the sailing of the Thomas Harrison:
For Nelson with emigrants the Olympus, 316 tons, to sail June 15, from London; the New Zealand, 380 tons, to sail July 1 from Greenock (180 emigants)

For Wellington and New Plymouth with emigrants the Blenheim, 374 tons, to sail July 1

For Auckland and Bay of Islands, the Greyhound, 317 tons, to sail 30th of June.

In addition to the vessels then charted by the New Zealand Company, it is advertised that a ship would be dispatched to one of the Company's settlements on the 1st of every month during the season commencing with August.

The Olympus, arrived last evening, had brought the English papers to the 14th of June. 

Tuesday 8 November 1842

Nov. 5 - American ship Henry Tate, 366, Watson, from Bay of Islands, with flour. passenger - Captain Meyhew
Same day - Three masted schooner Osprey, Sedgwick, from Taranaki
Same day - Cutter Pickwick, 38, Asdon, from Poverty Bay, with pigs and maize
Nov. 6 - Brigantine Vanguard, 61, Newton, from Taranaki
Same day - Schooner Ganet, from Otaki, with oil. Built under the superintendence of Captain Thomas at Otaki from the timber growing on the banks of the Otaki River.
Nov. 7 - Barque George Fyfe, 460 tons, Pyke, master, from London 15th June, Cape of Good Hope 25th September. Passenger list:  Another listing

Cabin Passengers
Buckland	Mr and Mrs
Champney	Mr
Christian 	Miss
Clifford	Mr
Dillon		Hon. C.A. and Mrs Dillon
Donald		Mr and Mrs and two children
Fox		Mr and Mrs
Fitzgerald	Mr and Mrs
Thairlwall	Mr
Vavasour 	Mr

Intermediate Passengers - 
Aldred	 	Miss
Bolton 		Mr
Coster 		Mr and Mrs
Godfrey 	Mr
Haigh 		Mr
Kearsley 	Mr
May 		Mr 
Webster	 	Mr
White 		Mr

Steerage Passengers -
Avily 		Miss 
Black 		William
Field 		Mr
Foy 		Mr and Mrs Foy and 5 children
Greenwood 	Mr
Hodgson 	Mr
Mills		Mr and Mrs  and 1 child
Paine 		Mr
Redwood 	Mr and Mrs  and family , 7 in number
Smith 		Mr
Snowden 	Mr and Mrs and 5 children
Ward 		Mr and Mrs 

Tuesday 15 November 1842
Wellington, Nov. 14, by Robert Cole, Clerk, M.A., John Fitzgerald, Esq., M.D., District Colonial Surgeon, to Eliza Sarah, youngest daughter of Thomas Christian, Esq., solicitor, Dublin, Ireland, in the presence of the Hon. Constantine and Mrs Dublin, Major and Mrs Baker, George Hunter, Esq., Michael Murphy, Esq., and others.

Otago Witness Thursday 18th January 1900 page 75
The Late Mr William Mills. On the 11th January, at his reidence, Forth place, William Mills; in his ninety-first year.
Mr Mills was born in Carnwath, Lanarkshire, Scotland, on September 21, 1809. He remained in his native land until he reached N the age of thirty-three, when he left with his wife for New Zealand arriving in Wellington by the George Fyfe in 1842. The hostile attitude of some of the Natives around Wellington caused the residents much anxiety at that time, and Mr Mills, soon after his arrival, joined the ranks of the Armed Constabulary, and eventually was given charge of a detachment stationed at the Hutt for the protection of the settlers there. Early in 1849 Mr Mills, at the suggestion of Governor Eyre, joined the Customs department, and towards the close of the same year left Wellington with his family for Otago in a small sailing vessel called The Twins, and, after a voyage of fourteen days, landed at Port Chalmers, where he took up the position of landing waiter, Mr A S.W. Shand being at that time collector. In 1853 Dunedin was made the chief custom house for Otago, and Mr Mills was transferred to the town with other members of the staff. On the death of Mr Charles Logie, collector, Mr Mills filled the position of acting-collector until he was selected by the Government to inspect the custom of the colony, with a view to remodelling the service.... 
    Mr Mills was twice married. Of the first family the survivors are Mr John Mills, collector of customs at Westport; Mr James Mills, managing director of the Union Steam Ship Company; Mr David Mills, manager of the Union Company at Melbourne, and Mrs Buller, wife of Mr Boyce Buller, one of the inspectors of the Bank of New Zealand.....

Nov. 7 - Schooner Ocean, 30, Ferguson, from Manawatu, with cargo of potatoes
Same day - Government brig Victoria, Nagle, from Taranaki and Kapita, passenger Mr Outhwaite

Nov. 6 - Schooner Susannah Ann, 80, Dougherty, for Nelson. Passengers - Mr Waitt, Mr Drake, Mr Josephs, Mr O'Farrell
Same day - Schooner Jane, for Nelson. Passengers - Mr Virtue, Mr Dean, Mr Earle

In Port 19 ships including
Brig Elizabeth, 230, Guthridge
Schooner Maori, from Wairarapa 

The latest dates received from New Zealand at the time the Blenheim sailed, were to January 1st, from Auckland, to the 22nd January from Port Nicholson, and from Nelson to the 4th December 

Bombay Times 12th March. 
The Lady Raffles from Sydney to London, passed Port Nicholson on the 2nd November.
The Tuscan, which sailed at the end of may for Auckland, has been spoken in long. 9 deg. west, by the William, arrived at Cowes. - New Zealand Journal, June 16, 1842
The Bombay was loading for Auckland
The Paragon, 336 tons, is entered out, for Nelson and Wellington, and the Thomas Sparks for Wellington and Nelson

Friday November 14 1842
Vice-Admiralty Court, 1st one to be held in Wellington
Before Edmund Halswell, Esq.
Mr Strang- clerk.
Upon the jury being called James Fuller, of Willis Street, Wellington, was fined forty shillings, for absence.
Morris Malony was indicted for mutiny, and mutinous conduct on board the Blenheim Emigrant Ship, during her voyage from England to New Plymouth, in this colony.
The indictment contained two counts - 1st, For mutiny, mutinous language and conduct and assault on the master of the vessel, Captain John Gray. 2nd, with a common assault. 
On the 23rd of July the prisoner was found the worse of liquor. Mr John Tryak first mate and Mr Gray searched the greater part of the chests, when they came to the prisoner's chest he refused to open his chest. Gray ordered him out of the forecastle, the same as the rest of the men, he refused to go - he said "By God this is my castle, and I will not go up." I then went up myself, the prisoner followed. I said "Go aft a prisoner, on the poop." He refused to go - I was then going up to him to force him, when drawing his knife he said "stand back, or by God I stab you" being frightened, I went into my cabin and got an empty pistol. I again ordered him aft, and called the carpenter and surgeon, Dr. Norway,  to my assistance. The carpenter said "you had better now go aft quietly," when the prisoner jumped down off the forecastle, shut up his knife, and sizing the carpenter's saw, said "any___ that approaches me I will cut him down" flourishing the saw around his head. He kept me this way about twenty minutes, when he went aft upon the poop of his own accord. ...Gray produced the ship's article. These articles were read over to the prisoner before he signed them, with his mark with the attestation of M.H. Hart.
John Tryak - First officer on board the Blenheim. Found in Samuel Laine's chest part of a bottle of brandy - in the boy Jack's part of a bottle of port wine, in Morris Maloney's part of a bottle of port wine. 
James Priddle. I am of no particular calling. I am a passenger on board the Blenheim. The uproar was amongst the passengers, not amongst the crew. I have heard the captain say, "he never was conquered by a man in his life"
Joseph Hall. I am a passenger on board the Blenheim.
Mr Tryak recalled. The allowance to each seaman is a glass of rum a day.
Samuel Lawerie. I am a seaman on board the Blenheim. I signed the articles - I saw the knife by the side of the prisoner.
Thomas Hopton. I am a seaman on board the Blenheim.
Prisoner threatened the life of James Callio. 
Tryak- first mate. Said the prisoner said "That if he had one man with him, he would go through the whole ship" meant, that he intended to take charge of the vessel out of the captain's hands.
Prisoner sentenced to the months imprisonment.

Tuesday 15 November 1842

Arrived. Nov. 11 - Barque Magnet, 148, McFarlene, from Sydney in 11 days, cattle and sheep

Nov. 11 - Barque Blenheim, Gray, with emigrants and passengers for New Plymouth
Same day - Barque Amwell, 300, Hesse, Sydney
Same day - Schooner Cheerful, Foster, Sydney
Same day - Government brig Victoria, Nagle, for Auckland
Nov. 14 - Brigantine Vanguard, Newton, general cargo, for Taranaki. Passenger, Mr John Wade
Same day - Schooner Osprey, Sedgwick, Auckland and Manilla. Passenger, Mr D. Sinclair
Same day - Schooner Richmond, Sinclair, Manawatu, general cargo
Same day - Schooner Hannah, Bell, Chatham Islands

Ship on Fire. Extract from the log book of the ship Renown, Captain William Hoskin, on her voyage from Sydney, NSW, bound for Liverpool.

Friday 18th November 1842

Nov. 15- schooner Mana, 27 tons, Swany, from Mana
Same day, ketch Clown, Thompson, 104, from Valparaiso
Same day, schooner Industry, 24 tons, Bradley, from Manewatu
Same day, brigantine Ariel, 104 Cruikshank, from Akaroa
Nov. 16 - Schooner Governor Hobson, 30, Crummer, from the coast, with pigs and potatoes. Wallace, White and Wallace, agents.

Nov. 15 - American ship Henry Take, 366, Watson, Nov. 5. from Bay of Islands
Same day, cutter Pickwick, 38, Axton, Nov. 5, from Poverty Bay.

Tuesday 22nd November 1842

Nov. 21 - Schooner Imp, from Wanganui

Nov. 19 - Barque Bright Planet, Morrison, for the Southward. Passenger Mons Devoushelle, for Akaroa
Same day - Magnet, McFarlene, for the coast
Same day - Ketch Clown, Thompson, for Bay of Islands and Auckland
Same day - Schooner Industry, Bradley, for Cloudy Bay and the coast
Nov. 20 - Schooner Mana, Swany, for Akaroa
Same day - Barque Bolina, Towhey, for Auckland. Passenger - Mr Paton

Friday 25 November 1842

Nov. 22 - Schooner Sir John Franklin, 52 tons, Gill. Flour and general cargo from Hobart Town and Launceston
Nov. 23 - Brig Nimrod- Capt. Cooney, timber, spirits and general cargo, from Bay of Islands via Nelson
Same day, open boat from Akaroa, with Captain W.M. Smith, R.A., Captain Bruce, Mr Price, and crew of the Brothers.

Loss of the Cutter "Brothers"
    On the morning of the 10th instant, as the Brothers, Captain Bruce, was proceeding up the harbour at Akaroa, under close-reefed mainsail, and in sight of shipping, a tremendous whirlwind rushed down the mountains and instantly turned her over, keel upwards, and she sank in about a quarter of an hour. The boat on deck was already unlashed and all on board, with the exception of a women and two children, who were below at the time, got into her. The boat, which was but a dingy, with 11 persons in her, with some risk and difficulty succeeded in reaching the French man-of-war, Commodore, Mons. Lavaud, who immediately gave the assistance of his crew; and Captain Bruce having obtained the aid of the Brig Guide, attempted to weigh the vessel and succeeded in getting hold of her, but trough mismanagement the Guide's chain in swinging took a round turn on the cutter's mainmast, and dragged it out of her. The attempt abandoned having sunk in 9 fathoms water.  
    Captain Bruce was about returning to this Port, having completed his loading of oil and bone. Captain Bruce is one of our oldest traders, and since the purchase of the Brothers had made this place his home. He estimates his loss at �2000. We understand that Captain Smith had made some valuable and important discoveries and taken many sketches, all of which are lost. They arrived about midnight at Captain Rhodes' in a small sealing boat belonging to Mr Price of Piraki.

It is reported that the Lord Auckland had been wrecked in Torres' Straits, within about half a mile of the Martha Ridgway.

Captain Hill of the Guiana arrived at Cork from Moulmein, reports to have found an opening in the Barrier Reef, in Torres Straits, two miles wide, in lat. 12 deg. 12 min. S. The opening appeared quite free from danger and is a new passage. In coming through, Captain Hill also states he saw the wreck of the Fergusson, lost some months since on the Great Barrier, which bore S.W. by S., distant about six miles.

Mutiny and Ship Wreck.
The hired transport-ship Sir George Arthur, with stores for government and eighty convicts for the hulks at her Majesty's naval-yard, under the medical charge of Mr I. Williams, struck on the rocks at the west end of these islands about eleven o'clock on the night of Thursday last. Signal guns were fired on board, and blue-lights burned, which were observed from shore, when a number of boats from Somerset pushed off to her assistance. Painful suspense occasioned by the mutinous proceedings of eleven of her crew... Bermuda Royal Gazette, June 7.

The Paradox on rounding the point near Green Island, discovered two pirate boats vigorously attacking a Chinese fast boat which carries passengers between Macao and Hongkong. Although the two pirate boats' crews numbered at least one hundred, and the Paradox was wholly unprepared for a conflict, yet she bore gallantly down on the pirates to the rescue. The pirates thought it was a man-of-war schooner. Hence, one pirate boat got to sea, the other being close pressed ran on the rocks, and after pitching two of their iron guns overboard, the crew, about sixty, made for the hills....Friend of China and Hongkong Gazette, July 7

The Great Britain, iron-steamship, now in progress of completion at Bristol, is 320 feet in length, by the old measurement, 3,500 tons.

Loss of Emigrant Ship Kent, 600 tons, Captain Gardner, on the night of the 8th of May in the Western Ocean, off the Seven Islands during a heavy snow storm. The vessel belonged to Greenock and was bound for Montreal, having 70 emigrants on board... Hit sunken rock. Insured.

Birth. On Wednesday, 23, inst, Mrs Watters, widow of the deceased John Watters, of a daughter.

(addressed to a Lady)
"Farewell!" - that word has oft been said,
And oft must yet be spoken;..

Tuesday 29 November 1842

Nov. 26 - Schooner Kate, from the coast, McFarlane, cargo, maize, oil and pigs.
Nov. 27 - Cutter Catherine Johnstone, Taylor, from Wanganui
Nov. 28 - Schooner Black Warrior, McGregor from Wanganui.

Friday 2nd December 1842

On 31st October, Mrs Kennedy, wife of Thomas Kennedy, from Limerick, Ireland, of a daughter
On the 4th November, Mrs Hay, wife of William Hay, carpenter, from Scotland, of a daughter
On the 26th November, Mrs Duncan, wife of Andrew Duncan, carpenter, from Perthshire, Scotland, of a daughter.

As a result of the late cruise of the H.M. sloop Beagle, an accurate survey, upon a large scale, of the whole of the eastern entrance of Bass's Straits. It is the opinion of the officers of the Beagle that the south-eastern part of Kent's Large Group is the most suitable site for a light-house. Captain Stokes found a safe passage to the southward of Craggy Island. Great assistance was rendered by his Excellency Sir John Franklin. - Geelong Advertiser

Tuesday 6 December 1842

Arrived. December 2 - Schooner Jane, 15, Vendy, from Nelson
Dec. 4 - Cutter Pickwick, Axton, from Nelson which port she left on the 2nd.

Sailed. Schooner Sir John Franklin, 52, Campbell, for Poverty Bay

The schooner Ganet was built at Otaki River by George Scott.

Friday 9th December 1842

Dec. 6 - Schooner Susannah Ann, 79, Dougherty, from Nelson and the coast
Same day - Schooner Shepherdess, Brown, left Sydney 20th Nov. general cargo. Passengers - Mrs Brown, Mr Schultz, Dr Richards, Mr Langdon, Mr Christie, Mr Ray.
Same day - Schooner Elizabeth, 52 tons, Smith, from Auckland. Passengers - Col. Wakefield, P.A.N.Z.C., and Capt. Richards
Same day - Brigantine Sisters, 130 tons, Clark, from Hobart Town, via Nelson, general cargo. Passengers - Mr Lucas, owner; Mr Brown, Messrs Dean, Mr Symon, Mr Nelson, Miss Uxham
Same day - Schooner Industry, 24 tons, Bradley, from the Kaikora

Dec. 6 - Schooner Kate, 62 tons, McFarlane, for the East Coast
Same day - Schooner Black Warrior, 15 tons, McGregor, for Wairarapa, for oil and bone. Passenger - Mr Barry
Same day - Schooner Ocean, 30 tons, Ferguson, for the coast
Same day - Schooner Imp, 20 tons, Smith, general cargo, for Wanganui
Same day - Catherine Johnstone, 10 tons, Taylor, Kapiti and Wanganui, general cargo
Dec. 7 - Barque George Fyfe, Pyke, 460 tons, for Nelson, with part of the original cargo and passengers from England. Passengers from this port, Mr Ridgway, Mr Crummer, Mr Perry; cargo from this port, 52 tons flour.

The Magnet, 186 tons, Tomkins, is laid on, at Sydney, for this port.

We understand that the Clydeside was got off the slip yesterday, and that the repairs are nearly completed.

Tuesday 13 December 1842

Dec. 11 - Schooner Richmond, 30, Sinclair, from Manawatu; cargo 6,000 feet timber; also potatoes

Dec. 12 - Cutter Pickwick, 33, Axton, for Poverty Bay, with original cargo and passengers
Same day - Schooner Ocean, 30 tons, Ferguson, in ballast for Nelson. Passenger - Dr Butler, Mr W. Wallace and Mr Jackson

Friday 16 December 1842

Dec. 14 - Schooner Ganet, 40 tons, Popplewell, from Poverty Bay; cargo, pigs, and maize
Dec. 15 - Schooner Mana, 27 tons, Swaney, from Akaroa
Same day - Cutter Royal William, 40 tons, Lovett from Nelson. The Royal William made the trip in nineteen hours only

Tuesday 20 December 1842

Dec. 19 - Barque Bright Planet, 187, John Morrison, from Banks' Peninsula; C.M. Evans, agent
Same day - Barque Magnet, 148, McFarlane

Dec. 18 - Brigantine Sisters, 130 tons, Clark, for Sydney via Auckland and Bay of Islands
Same day - Brig Elizabeth, 230 Guthridge, for Valparaiso
Same day - Schooner Industry, 24 tons, Bradley, for Nelson

Friday December 23 1842

Sailed. Cutter Royal William, 40 tons, Lovitt, for Chatham Islands. Passenger - Capt. Tulett

Tuesday 27 December 1842

Dec. 24 - Schooner Anita, King, from Manilla
Dec. 25 - Brig Eleanor, from Sydney
Same day - Schooner New Zealander, Guard, from Cloudy Bay
Same day - Schooner Sir John Franklin, from Nelson

Dec. 26 - Brig Nimrod, 175, Cooney, for Kapiti
Same day - Schooner Susannah Ann, 79, Douherty. Chatham
Same day - Schooner Shepherdess, 52, Smith, Akaroa 

The Thomas Sparkes, from London, for New Zealand, struck on the Whale Rock when entering Table Bay, and became leaky; she was about to discharge cargo, to undergo repairs.

The Prince of Wales, 582 tons, A.Alexander, with Emigrants from Liverpool, bound for Wellington and Nelson, was spoken by the Anita, in Bass' Straits. She also spoke the Bombay with emigrants, two days' sail from New Zealand.

H.M.S. Arrow arrived at Rio Janeiro 20th May, with specimens of natural history, and despatches from the Erebus and Terror, which were at the Falkland Islands when the Arrow left. The Terror had lost her bowsprit, and a new one was nearly made, and was to be sent by the Carysfort frigate. These discovery ships were on their return from a second voyage towards the South Pole, and did not succeed in attaining a higher latitude than 76 deg. Last year they traced the land to 79 deg., and marked down a volcano in 77 deg. Both ships healthy.

Friday 30 December 1842

Dec. 25 - Schooner Dolphin, from the East Coast

Sailed. Dec. 28 Schooner Mana, 27, Swaney, for Chatham Islands

What is she?

A Ship.

Cutter - A single-masted, fore-and-aft-rigged sailing vessel with two or more headsails and a mast set somewhat farther aft than that of a sloop. 

Sloop - A single-masted, fore-and-aft-rigged sailing boat with a short standing bowsprit or none at all and a single headsail set from the forestay.

Ketch - A two-masted fore-and-aft-rigged sailing vessel with a mizzenmast stepped aft of a taller mainmast but forward of the rudder.

Schooner - A fore-and-aft rigged sailing vessel having at least two masts, with a foremast that is usually smaller than the other masts. 

Brigantine - A two-masted sailing ship, square-rigged on the foremast and having a fore-and-aft mainsail with square main topsails.

Brig - A two-masted sailing ship, square-rigged on both masts. 

Barque - A sailing ship with from three to five masts, all of them square-rigged except the after mast, which is fore-and-aft rigged. 

Ship - A sailing vessel having three or more square-rigged masts.