Arrival of Accrington
The Press Monday September 7th 1863
The clipper ship Accrington arrived off the Peninsula on Friday evening, but was not signalled at Lyttelton till Saturday morning. She arrived off Camp Bay at noon, where she lay at anchor awaiting the arrival of the Immigration Commissioners, who left the Jetty at one o'clock, and after staying on board for an hour and a half, declared the ship free from disease. The wind now had changed to the N.W. , which prevented her coming up to her anchorage. By the courtesy of the Commissioners our reporter was admitted on board, where every information was afforded him by the officers of the ship. She is fitted with a large distilling apparatus for supplying fresh water at the rate of 500 gallons per day. The galley is also worth inspecting, as it is on a most extensive scale. Bread was served out three times a week to the immigrants. There were 12 deaths and five births on board; the mortality was confined to children under three years of age. The voyage was accomplished in 75 days from Plymouth to the Snares, having left on the 18th June. She crossed the line on the 13th July, in longitude 23 degrees 42 minutes W; passed the meridian of the Cape on the 3rd August, and met with fine weather until 16th, when a series of gales and squally weather ensued until she made the Snares on the 2nd September; the new Zealand coast being the first land seen after leaving Plymouth. The barometer was once as low as 28.70, and the greatest south latitude was 48 degrees. The Accrington is a fine specimen of naval architecture, constructed of iron, and having a flush deck of 280 feet long, and is a remarkably clean and well ventilated ship, and well worth the trouble of inspecting. Six men charged with robbery were brought on shore by the police on Saturday afternoon.