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The Southern Cross May 14th 1861

There were several deaths from cholera, caught when leaving Calcutta - 11 men, 8 women and 1 child died of this epidemic; the rest of the men enjoyed excellent health. There were two births on board. he Daniel Rankin is a fine Clyde-built ship, of 1047 tons measurement. She was built by Messrs Denny and Rankin, of Dumbarton in 1858, and is 193 feet in length of keel , 34 feet beam, and 22 feet depth of hold. Captain Rankin, the commander of this noble ship, is a son of one of the members of the eminent ship building firm, by whom she was constructed. The voyage from the Sand Heads to Auckland was performed in 72 days. The ship encountered very light winds and calms, or the passage would have been made much more rapid. She passed to the south of Tasmania, but did not sight it, and made Cape Maria van Diemen on Sunday, the 5th inst. Light winds prevailed along the coast. The Daniel Rankin was warped in, and moored at the Queen-street wharf yesterday morning. The debarkation of the troops took place at noon. he main body paraded on the wharf, and marched en route to Otahuhu, leaving a fatigue party and the women and children on board. Mrs Pilling and 5 children, and Mrs Tovey and one child, were passengers in the saloon. - Messrs Webster and Patterson are the ship's agents.

The Southern Cross May 14th 1861

After twelve years of active service in India the gallant 70th Regiment of Foot were despatched to New Zealand by the Indian Government, when the necessity for strong reinforcements to put down the Maori rebels became pressing. They were embarked at Calcutta in three ships - the "Daniel Rankin", which arrived on Saturday; the "Louisa", signalled in the Rangitoto Passage on Sunday; and the "Minden", which left several days after her sister transports and has not yet been heard of. The first detachment, commanded by Capt., Oswald Pilling, 311 strong, were landed from the "Daniel Rankin" yesterday about noon. The men paraded in double column on the Queen-street Pier and marched off to the Otahuhu Camp to the music of the band of the 65th Regiment. They are a fine body of men, rather sallow from protracted exposure to and Indian sun, but have the look of trained and resolute soldiers, A few weeks of the bracing air at Otahuhu will restore tone and vigour and the enervating effects of an unhealthy climate and a long voyage; and, from the temper and spirit of the men, we are sure that if led to attack the enemy in the field they will maintain the honour of their country untarnished, and add another laurel to that chaplet which they so recently won in India, when single-handed they disarmed and quelled the mutiny of 15,000 disciplined and disaffected Sepoys, who held posession of the key of Northern India. The men were loudly cheered as they marched from the ship along the pier; and one old soldier, from the Pensioner Settlement at Howick, was almost in ecstacies welcoming many of his former companions in arms who still wear the dark facings of the 70th. The "Louisa", troopship, left the Sand Heads at the same time as the "Daniel Rankin", and brings Colonel Trevor Chute, with the head-quarters and band of the Regiment, under the command of the senior officer of the corps, Colonel Thomas James Galloway, and is daily expected.