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ARRIVAL OF THE CAMPERDOWN AT NELSON
Nelson Evening Mail July 5th 1876
The fine ship Camperdown, 1487 tons,
Captain Paton, arrived at the outer anchorage last night, after a splendid run of 79 days,
from Gravesend, and 76 from Land's end. She brings 410 immigrants for the following
Nelson 36, Marlborough 233, Auckland 25, Westland 93, Wellington 11, Taranaki 7, Timaru 5. She was visited by Immigration and Health Officers who found everything in first class order and speak in high terms of the
cleanliness, ventilation and general excellence of the arrangements of the immigrants quarters. The voyage was uneventful, there was very little sickness and only one death that of a married woman named Mulholland who
died suddenly. Three births occurred on the voyage. She brings the following cabin passengers for Napier :- The Rev T.E. Simcox, of the diocese of Exceter, Mrs Simcock and infant and Miss Struthers. All the passengers speak
in the highest terms of the kindness and attention they needed at the hands of Captain and Dr Booth, the latter of whom was the surgeon of the Michael Angelo on her last trip to Nelson. The following address, signed by all the
immigrants was presented to Dr Booth this morning.
FURTHER INFORMATION RELATING TO THE CAMPERDOWN AT NELSON
Nelson Evening Mail July 6th
Sudden death of Mr Chas Elliott: It is our painful duty to record the death of another of the oldest of the
Nelson settlers, who was this morning taken from our midst with awful suddenness Mr Elliott, as Immigration Officer, has arranged to be at the Port at seven o'clock to proceed on board the Lyttelton to the ship
Camperdown, to superintend the landing of the immigrants but having occasion to see Mr Symonds before starting he walked up to his house spoke to him for a few minutes and then left. Mr Symons went back into his bedroom, and was very shortly called by the servant who told him that a man was lying on the path about twenty yards from the house. He went out and found Mr Elliott, to all appearances dead.
Nelson Evening Mail July 6th
To the Editor of the Evening Mail: Sir - In your account of the arrival of the Camperdown you state that a
congratulatory address to the Surgeon was signed off by all the immigrants. I do not know from whom you received this information, but the source was certainly not a reliable one. The captain has to my knowledge received three petitions from the immigrants against the abusive conduct of Mr Booth, one of which I myself signed. I was present at the inspection by the Immigration Officer and the complaints were, to say the least, pretty general. In justice to Captain Paton, I think it right to state that both immigrants and officials spoke in the highest terms of the ship, and the captain has received two testimonials thanking him and his officers for the kindness and attention they have invariably shown to all on board.
I am &c,
F. K. Telling Simcox BA
7 July 1876
A new arrival by the Camperdown was this morning brought before the Resident Magistrate charged with being drunk and incapable. He was discharged with a caution.
12 July 1876
Sir - Having just seen the Nelson Evening Mail of the 4th instant we are quite surprised by the Rev J. T. Simcox, in which he lays stress on the character of the Surgeon-superintendent, Dr Booth. We do not question the
Rev Mr Simcox's right to send that letter for publication, but we would, with your permission like to make a few remarks concerning some of the statements contained therein. Mr Simcox informs us that Captain Paton received two petitions from the immigrants respecting the abusive conduct of Dr Booth. Now, sir, we do not know by whom these petitions were signed but we believe that out of the upward of 120 single men not one complaint against Dr Booth was made. In fact Dr Booth was very intentive to all our complaints, which were very numerous, concerning our provisions, for we did not receive near our proper allowance (according to the scale printed on our contract tickets), neither did we receive our allowance of water. In fact, we were so short that we had to get a petition signed by the captain of each mess to get the matter remedied. Again, sir, Mr Simcox says that the immigrants were pleased with the attention of Captain Paton and his officers. But we beg to remark there were
many of the immigrants who were not pleased with the contact of Captain Paton or his officers. We ourselves received brutal treatment at the hands of Captain Paton and that for no offence whatever. Mr Simcox was very quick in complaining of Dr Booth but he forgets to mention the conduct of the first mate, who could scarcely speak without uttering an oath. We do not know whether Mr Simcox professes to love his neighbour as himself,
but he certainly does not practice it, for he seem to have no great love for Dr Booth, while his letter manifests great partiality to Captain Paton. And, sir, with respect to the Rev J.T. Simcox, we do not think he acted as a
clergyman should have done, as we never saw him in any of our compartments during the whole of the passage, and we do not think he ever visited the sick (which we think a Christian minister should have done). And we hope the next time the Rev Simcox writes to the public Press, that he will manifest more fairness. With an apology for taking up so much of your space, we are, sir yours &c.,
George H Dennett
Charles R Froggatt
Nelson Evening Mail July 14th 1876
The following immigrants by the Camperdown are in the depot ready for engagement:-
General Blacksmith, Shoemaker, Wood Turner, Tailor, Storekeeper, Navy, General Labourer, General Servants (4),
Acting Immigration Officer
Nelson Evening Mail July 17th 1876
In reference to the Camperdown's immigrants; "The number of young women shipped in London for Marlborough was 51, consequently there are 22 more to arrive, but we do not expect them to pass through the ordeal of Nelson impertinence's. A number of persons went on board the ship, and endeavoured to dissuade the young women from going on; running down Marlborough, and the Wairau in particular, as a miserable place
and quite unfit for living in. In fact all the old slanders were repeated, with fanciful descriptions, and no doubt their stories will have some effect in preventing some from coming here. It is a strange fact, but nevertheless true that from first to last Nelson has always been Marlborough's evil genius; ever ready to prey upon her in any direction that offered:- Evening Mail please copy "
Nelson Evening Mail July 25th 1876
Thirty-four Prussian immigrants, who arrived by the Camperdown for Jackson's Bay, were forwarded to their destination from Wellington direct by the SS Tui.
ARRIVAL OF THE CAMPERDOWN
Evening Post July 10, 1876
The fine clipper ship Camperdown, 1487 tons. Captain Paton, from London via Nelson, arrived off the Heads yesterday morning, and was towed in by the s.s. Matau, which was sent out for the purpose.
The Camperdown left London on 14th April, landed the pilot next day and cleared the Channel on the 18th. Had moderate N. E. trades and crossed the Equator on 7th May. After a period of light variable winds, had good S. E. trades until leaving the Southern Tropic, whence southerly breezes prevailed at lat. 40deg. south, which proved strong and carried her rapidly to New Zealand. Passed the Cape of Good Hope on the 28th May, and made a capital run of 25 days to the New Zealand coast. Bligh Sound was sighted ton the 25th June, the passage from land to land thus being made in 68 days - one the quickest on record. On the coast a heavy N. E. gale was encountered, followed by light airs and calms, which prevented her reaching Nelson till the 4th, and extended the duration of her total voyage from port to port to 79 days. That in itself is an excellent passage, but had it not been for the unfavourable weather experienced after making the New Zealand coast, the run could have been completed easily in 69 days. On one occasion the Camperdown maintained an average speed of 314 knots per day, or over 19 knots per hour, for eleven consecutive days. Landed immigrants at Nelson and come on to Wellington, arriving as above. She brought out 401 immigrants, but only eleven for this port, the majority being for Nelson. Three births and one death occurred during the passage, the health of the immigrants being excellent throughout. The arrangements on board appear to have been most admirable. Dr Booth was surgeon-general and performed his arduous duties to complete satisfaction, receiving a very complimentary testimonial on arrival. The ship is splendidly fitted up, and the most perfect cleanliness seems to have prevailed. She was built at Glasgow two years ago, and this is only her second voyage the previous trip being to Calcutta and back. She brings a large general cargo for this port. Her agents are Messrs W. and G. Turnbull and Co.