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Nelson Evening Mail January 14th 1876

The signal for a sail in sight was hoisted yesterday afternoon and kept flying until sundown, shortly after which time the vessel was made out to be a full rigged ship, which at first was thought to be the Celestial Queen, now due from London via Dunedin. It turned out, however, to be the immigrant ship Caroline, 984 tons, Captain W S Turnbull, 93 days out from Plymouth. She arrived at the outer anchorage shortly before dark, was boarded this morning by Mr Elliott and Dr Squires, the Immigration and Health Officers, and was towed into harbour by the Wallace and Charles Edward, and berthed alongside the Government wharf at 11am. She brings 319 souls, equal to 271 adults, 152 being for Nelson, 80 for Westland, 69 for Marlborough, and 20 for Taranaki. The passage was a most quiet and uneventful one. There was no sickness at all of a serious nature among the adults, although there were five deaths of infants, all under twelve months old, principally from diarrhoea. Three young women had to be landed from the ship's side in chairs, two of them having been ailing when put on board. Their names are:- Emily Gamble, in a far advanced state of consumption; Honor Mangan, suffering from heart disease, and Laura Dobb, suffering from a broken rib caused by being thrown against one of the lockers by a lurch of the ship. The former was at once conveyed to the Hospital, and the two latter to the depot. The ship is in splendid order, everything being as clean and comfortable as could possibly be desired, and the passengers speak in high terms of Capt. Turnbull, Dr Scott, and the officers - Messrs Batt, Cox, and Rickards, who left nothing undone to ensure the comfort and happiness of those committed to their care. The men are a remarkably fine looking set of fellows, and should be able to give a good account of themselves either in the mine of the harvest field, while all, of both sexes, appear to be a well behaved, respectable lot, and likely to prove a valuable addition to our population. The following is an abstract of the ship's log:- Left Plymouth on the 12th October at 2pm, the number of souls on board, including passengers and crew, being 359; crossed the equator on the 8th of November in longitude 29 west, and the meridian of the Cape on the 3rd of December in 41 south; ran the easting down between 47 and 48 south; on the 31st passed Tasmania, 80 days out; sighted the coast of New Zealand about Mount Cook on the 10th January; passed Cape Farewell on the 12th, and arrived off the Lighthouse at 8pm on the 13th. Had very light N E and S E trades, and remarkable fine weather down South, having experienced only two gales throughout the voyage. The longest distance logged in one day was 317 miles. The Caroline is an iron vessel, owned by Messrs Henry Ellis and Son of London, and was built in Glasgow in 1855. She was originally a steamer, and was built for the Royal African Mail Service, and is splendidly fitted out. The Caroline is not unknown in New Zealand waters, she having visited Otago last year. She has a commodious saloon, handsomely furnished. The following are her dimensions:- Length, 260 feet; beam, 30 feet 6 inches; depth, 20 feet. The following vessels were passed on the passage:- October 12, ship Orari, bound for Canterbury, in latitude 5degs 10mins S.; November 9, barque N W Blethen, bound North, in longitude 31degs W.; November 11, ship Lord Palmerston, of Glasgow, bound South, in latitude 7 degs S, longitude 33 W.; December 5, ship Isle of Erin, bound from Glasgow to Sydney, 53 days out, in latitude 42 degs S., longitude 26 degs E.; Dec 6, ship Glencowan, bound from Liverpool to Calcutta, 56 days out, latitude 42 S.; longitude, 31 degs E.

The Wallace leaves for West Coast ports to-morrow at 2pm. She will take those of the Caroline's immigrants bound for Westport.

The Charles Edward arrived from West Coast ports this morning, and assisted to tow the Caroline into harbour. She will sail for Wanganui and New Plymouth tomorrow evening taking the Taranaki portion of the Caroline's immigrants.

Nelson Evening Mail January 15th 1876

I think I have learned the way to thoroughly enjoy a glass of Nelson beer. I was at the wharf yesterday when the Caroline came alongside, and being anxious to learn the manners and customs of the new additions to our population I followed a small troop of them into a public house. Evidently the anticipations of a good long draught of beer such as had not passed their lips for three long months were exceedingly pleasant, and lips were smacked and mouths watered as each ordered his pint. The bright liquid was not long in reaching its destination. "Bedad that's foine. I say Mister, let's have another." "Danged if that don't go down well- here, guvnor, fill up again." These and other equally curt but expressive exclamations had their influence on me, and I though I would try if I could not obtain the same amount of enjoyment from a similar source. But it was of no use- and I had to admit that if I wanted to dispose of a pint of Nelson beer with as much relish as my newly-landed friends, I must, like them, go a long time without it. In this respect beer is like speechifying at election-times - the more you get of it the less you like it.