Arrival of The Crusader
From The Press, Saturday, March 24, 1883
Messrs Shaw, Savill and Co's well known ship Crusader arrived on Thursday night with 381 immigrants on board, nominated by friends resident in the colony. The voyage from London or from leaving Plymouth, where the passengers embarked, to anchoring off the Heads, occupied ninety-four days, and was as to weather remarkable for freedom from severe gales and unpleasantly strong winds and stormy seas. The ship anchored at the heads on Thursday night, and while there was struck by one of the hard squalls, which broke her cable, and the anchor had to be let go to bring her up. The steam tug Lyttelton went down for her yesterday morning and towed her up to an anchorage off Ripa Island. She was cleared by the Health Officer, and after inspection by the Immigration Commissioners, the friends of those on board were admitted, and during the day a large number of the passengers were landed.
The vessel came into port in admirable order, aloft and alow, reflecting every credit upon Mr Richards, the chief officer. The 'tween decks were occupied wholly by the immigrants, and the condition of the single men's quarters down the fore hatch, the married people's down the main hatch, and the single women's down aft was all that could be wished, everything being beautifully clean and orderly.
Dr Husband, now finishing his
fourteenth voyage to the colonies in charge of immigrant ships, and who was here last in
the ship Rakaia, is to be congratulated upon the success of his work. He had a busy time
of it with measles from soon after starting to making the Cape of Good Hope, and he
reports one death of an infant Fergan, of convulsions. Mrs Toombs gave birth to a female
child during the voyage. The doctor gives the passengers a first-class name for orderly
behaviour and respect for authority, and expresses his satisfaction at the way in which
the matron, Mrs Jackson, discharged the responsible duties of that position over 166
single women. The later complained a little of the stringency of Mrs Jackson's
regulations, but no doubt saw the propriety of the extreme circumspection they imposed ere
the voyage ended. Dr Husband wishes to mention the services of Mrs Johnson, Mrs McPherson
and Miss Phynn in the capacity of assistants. He also reports that the medical stores put
on board were of first quality and abundance. The passengers themselves speak in high
terms of his attention, and of the courtesy of the officers, mentioning especially the
kindly and sociable manner of the master. Captain Lewellyn Davis, an old and able
commander in the employ.
A very sad occurrence took place while running down the easting. On March 6th, the ship was in 46.35S, 125.2E and travelling at 11 knots an hour. It was about noon a boy named Edward's was leaning over the bulwarks and overbalanced, falling onto the trough of a heavy sea. Captain Davis, on the poop at the time, had a moment before told the lad to get down, and he noticed the little fellow go over instantly backed the yards and hauled up the courses, and as the Doctor states "with astonishing smartness he had a boat lowered". The poor little fellow was seen astern once from the ship, struggling in the water, and a life buoy was thrown to the spot by the master. The boat was out over an hour, but the search was fruitless.
Enquiries made amongst the passengers as to the dietary scale elicited the most satisfactory replies. The food was of good quality, and very liberal in quantity.
The monotony of the voyage was relieved from time to time by concerts and entertainments.
The names of the officers of the Crusader are Mr Richards, chief, Mr Edwards, second, and Mr Enon, third
Other odds and end of interest from the same paper
Parker - on March 21st, at Ellesmore Villa, Cashel St East, the wife of C. H. Parker of a daughter.
Anderson - on the 23rd March , at Colombo Rd, Sydenham, the wife of C. Morton Anderson, surgeon, of a son.
Cookson - on the 18th March, the wife of Mr Edwin Cookson, City Hotel, of a daughter.
Gorton - At the schoolhouse, Lakeside, the wife of W. H. Gorton of a daughter, still born.
Shrimpton - Lindsay. On the 14th March at Lyttelton, by the Rev. J. Townend. Reginald Arthur, youngest son of the late Ingram Shrimpton to Frances Matilda, youngest daughter of the late William Lindsay, of Geelong, Victoria