Arrival of the ship COLLINGWOOD
from London 13 April - 10 July 1875
The New Zealand Times 12th July 1875
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 and adult who fell victim to those dreaded maladies scarletina, scarlet, typhoid and enteric fevers.
A very melancholy death took place on the 30th May, one of the married men Alfred Button committing 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 quite convalescent. At present there are fifty cases under treatment for typhoid fever and scarletina 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 herself to be a very fast sailor 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 cleaned so that all danger of and disease spreading will be removed.