New Zealand Mail July 24 1875
We have much pleasure in publishing the annexed copy of a testimonial presented to Captain Black, of the ship Collingwood, by the emigrants now in quarantine on Somes Island.
At a public meeting of the emigrants of the ship Collingwood (at present located on Somes Island), it was unanimously agreed to address to Captain P. Black, of the ship Collingwood, a testimonial conveying to him the thanks and gratitude of the emigrants throughout the journey. The passengers also desire to thank Captain Black for the repeated acts of kindness on his part to any case of sickness brought under his notice, feeling at the same time how poor a recompense this testimony is for the sympathy and kindness displayed. The passengers would desire further to state that they are perfectly satisfied with the manner in which the affairs of the voyage were conducted; and to express their thanks to the officers under Captain Black for their zeal and attention to duty under very trying circumstances, feeling satisfied also that the journey would have been much shortened only for light and unfavourable winds. Wishing Captain Black every prosperity in life, we subscribe our names hereto :-
Timothy Harkel, Alexander Angus, Thomas Golden, Fred McCormack, Edmund Lanning, William Walker, George Dixon, A W Foden, Charles King, John H. Woodhouse, Ronald Martin, Francis Hodgson, M. Waters, Thomas Boxall, William Gibbon, William Black, Samuel Garrity, Charles H. Foden, William Arnott, Albert Arnott, Thomas Summerall, William Parkes, Edward McCormick, Thomas Black,
Thomas Coker, H. Coker, Fred. Button, Samuel Roberts, George Clark, Charles Andrews, Edwin Roberts, Edgar Simmons, Charles Clark, Richard Hynch, Robert Petch, George Hodgson, Samuel Coker, Matthew Andrews, George Holt, Joseph Warren, Patrick Halpin, Thomas Downham, Charles Masters, John H. Fox, John Dudly, Fred. Burges, Henry Burges, George Oliver, Edward Hudson, George Petch, Elizabeth Oliver, Harriet Coker, Michael O'Donnell, John McNamara, R.A., Elizabeth McNamara, Archibald Gallagher, Mary Gallagher, Mary Jane Foden, George Cressey, Maria Cressey, Abraham Clough, Elizabeth Clough, George Cartwright, Ann Cartwright, Christopher Topless, Mary Jane Topless, Henry Henman, Sarah Ann Henman, Michael Deasy, Mary Anne Deasy, Bridget Annie Deasy, George F. Cressey, William Worth, Ellen Worth, Mark Cox, Susannah Cox, W. Worth, George Cartwright, Ann Cartwright, Charles Barker, Eliza Barker, Rose H. Boxall, Christopher Bond, Sarah Ann Bond, Edwin and Annie Smith, Mary Walker, Caroline Catherine Martin, Charles Tomlinson, Elizabeth Tomlinson, Thomas Heath, Eliza M. A Heath, James Dillon, Mary Dillon, John Dillon, Robert Winter, Fannie and Emily Burgess, Mary Voke, E Petch, Lizzie Jones, E. Mermeer, J. L. McDonald, M. Halpin, Amelia Sarah Kingcome, Margaret O'Brien, Ellen Culleton, Mary Bible, T. Conway, A Freebone, Mary Culleton, Susan McCormick, E Maher, m Button, N. O'Donald, J Boxall, F Boxall, P. Horner, E. Horner.
Somes Island, July 15.
It is our painful duty to have to chronicle the arrival of the above ship with so much sickness on board, and we regret to add that death has been very busy amongst the immigrants during the voyage from London. No less than twenty deaths occurred; eighteen being children and one an adult, who fell victims to those dread maladies - scarlatina, scarlet, typhoid, and enteric fevers. A very melancholy death took place on the 30th of May. One of the men named Alfred Button committed suicide by jumping overboard. The reasons assigned for this rash act are that Button was suffering from a depression of spirits in consequence of his wife and family being stricken down with sickness. Dr Hamilton and his son - his subordinate - were also attacked by fever, but we are happy to say they are now quite convalescent. At present there are fifty cases under treatment for typhoid fever and scarlatina, but we trust that the change of air and diet will work wonders amongst the patients. The task of landing the immigrants at Somes Island was satisfactorily effected on Saturday, under the able supervision of the immigration authorities, and Captain Black and Dr Hamilton of the Collingwood.
The Collingwood is a splendid iron clipper ship, and has proved to be a very fast sailer, making the run in 84 days. We have been unable to obtain a full report of the passage, but we learn that she finally took leave of the pilot in the English Channel on the 16th of April and experienced moderate fine weather throughout the passage. In all probability the Collingwood will come up to the wharf about the end of this week. Before so doing she will be properly fumigated and cleansed, so that all danger of any disease spreading will be removed.
Transcribed by Lorraine Duncan