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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.

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