ARRIVAL OF THE CANTERBURY
The Lyttelton Times January 12th 1864
Our thanks to Betty Enticott this report.
On the arrival of the Phoebe, mail steamer, on Saturday morning, from Otago, it was ascertained that a ship was making for the heads about 15 miles off the land to the south of Pigeon Bay. On the intelligence reaching Captain Sproul, he was soon on his way to her. The ebb-tide and a strong sou'-wester blowing prevented the ship from making much headway, and at dark she was brought up, the pilot boat returning to port for the Health Officer. On Sunday the Royal Mail Steamer Prince Alfred took her in tow and brought her to the anchorage off Rhode's Bay, about half-past one. The Health Commissioners made a careful survey, and finding no infectious disease or the existence of any cause whatever to place the Canterbury in quarantine, gave a clean bill of health. During the afternoon a large number of people from Lyttelton and Christchurch visited the ship. We are obliged to Captain Clare for the following particulars of the voyage:- Left the Downs on 2nd October, was off the Start on the 7th, had a continuance of heavy south-west gales to the 24th; on the 12th, during a violent storm, lost fore-topmast and topgallant mast, the slings and truss of the foreyard giving way, and other damage resulting. After getting outside the channel had fair winds, but the line was not crossed till the 10th November, in latitude 30 deg., 24 min.; experienced light south-east trades; was off the meridian of the Cape on the 7th December; met with strong fair winds, making the run from thence in 32 days, and logging on and average a distance of 240 miles per day. Sighted Cape Saunders on the 6th of January, completing the voyage from land to land in 90 days, although the time occupied altogether on the passage from the Downs to Lyttelton is over 110 days. Little or no sickness existed, and the number of deaths are unusually small - two infants and one adult. Eight births occurred, increasing the number of souls on board at starting by 5. She brings 4 cabin passengers, 45 in the second, and equal to 373 Government Immigrants in the steerage. Dr Young is the Surgeon-Superintendent, a gentleman well known in Canterbury, and on a previous visit was Medical Officer on board the Regina. The passengers express their satisfaction with the arrangements carried out during the voyage to promote their comfort and health, by the captain and officers; they also appear satisfied with the care taken by Mr Marshman, the Provincial Government Agent at home, in providing food and other necessaries of excellent quality suited to the voyage. The cooking arrangements are a decided improvement over many immigrant ships sent to Canterbury in former days. The patent distilling apparatus produced over 300 gallons of pure fresh water per diem, and the surplus steam from the condensers was used to cook the food in the coppers.