ARRIVAL OF CASHMERE
Lyttleton Times October 12th 1859
The ship Cashmere, which left Gravesend on June 11th arrived in our harbour yesterday at noon, thus completing a voyage of 121 days. On the passage nothing of import from a nauticle point of view occurred; no vessels were spoken and moderate weather, with a short supply of fair winds, was encountered. The Snares were made on the 4th inst., and Banks Peninsula on Friday last, the long time on the coast being consumed with baffling winds. The number of passengers on board at the time of leaving London numbered 207, but as will be seen from the record, of this number no fewer than 16 died from various causes, and only three accessions to the original complement were made by births on board. The total number of souls landed is therefore reduced to 194. Among the passengers we notice Mr C W Fooks, Captain Fuller, returned settlers of this province, and Mr W G Fuller of the neighbouring province of Otago. We understand that the number of deaths on board at once attracted the attention of the authorities, but on enquiry no cause for medical interference presented itself, no disease of an infectious or contageous character having been the cause of death.
Attention has, however, been drawn to the death under peculiar circumstances of seaman Belaminar, a native of Austria, and to the case of the boy George Davidson, whose death seems to be connected with severe castigation received at the hands of his father.
Before leaving the ship, the passengers presented captain John Byron with an address to which he replied in grateful terms.