by John Nelson Michael
The following is a transcript from the Otago Witness 5th January 1899 page 52.
On May 21, 1898, I left Dunedin in the barque Silverhow, of Whitehaven, 1177 tons, Captain William H. Marshall. She was towed to sea on Saturday afternoon. She was bound to Wellington in ballast to complete her cargo of wool and tallow for London.
Otago Witness Thursday 20 July 1899 page 40 col c
It is feared John Spearing, steward of the barque Silverhow, has been accidentally drowned at the wharf. He was last seen alive by Mr H. Hopper, chief officer, in Rattray street. Spearing was 53 years of age, a native of Gravesend, and has a wife and child at Folkestone, England. He was one of the survivors of the ship Blengfell, blown up off Margate by an explosion of naphtha, and shortly afterwards joined the Silverhow at Liverpool for the round trip.