The following is a transcript from the Daily Southern Cross 31st July 1857, page 2. Papers Past. The ship Solent, Captain Brooks, which sailed from the Downs on the 27th April, and cleared the Channel on the 30th.
ARRIVAL OF THE SOLENT
The Solent is a fine powerful ship, one of the line of Messrs Young, and is consigned to Messrs. Bain, Grahame and Co. she is built on what is called the diagonal principle. She brings a general cargo, and 61 passengers, of whom 18 are chief. A portion of the cargo and most of the passengers are for Canterbury, to which port she proceeds from Auckland. Amongst the passengers are major Stack, who comes tout to succeed Major Greenwood as major of Brigade; Mr De Burgh Adams, as senior Officer of the purveyor's department - or Hospital Commissariat - of the army medical Staff, for the district of New Zealand, and Mr Bull as second in charge. Two causalities have occurred during the passage - the death of a first cabin passenger Mr Simpson, who exposed on the 3rd May, one week after leaving; and the loss overboard of the second officer. this casualty occurred on the 14th June, he was knocked overboard by the studding sail sheet, while taking in the sail.
Port of Auckland
Arrived July 30 - Solent, ship, 833 tons, Capt. Brooks, from London.
Passengers (Cabin) -
Adams Mr Henry De Burgh (Purveyor medical Staff) Adams Mrs H De Burgh Broome Mr Bull Mr Arthur Hastings Mr Knight Mr Pigeon Mr and Mrs and child Pitt Mr Richardson Mr Stack Major and Mrs Stack Williamson Mrs Vores Mr Weeks Mr and Mrs Woodward Mr
Second cabin Brown Alexander Clarke Adam Farrow David Playsted Henry Taylor William
Third cabin Anderson David and wife Bolton George, wife and child Bennett Frederick, wife and 3 children Bruntly Hercules Burwood Elizabeth Crago Thos, wife and 10 children Crank Martha Dell Josiah and wife and 2 children Drummond James Drummond Andrew Flemming James Flynn James Hammond Charles wife and 9 children Holman Henry Horsfall Thos. and wife Lavender Charles B. Maiden Henry and wife Parker William and wife Tyack Richard Williams John Total, 61 passengers