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The Otago Daily Times December 7th 1863

The ship Daniel Rankin, from Glasgow, was towed up on Saturday and the Health Officer went alongside in the Custom House boat, but did not inspect the vessel, and ordered the yellow flag to be hoisted until the Health Board resolved to admit the vessel to pratique. It is not understood whether a meeting of this body has been held, but it is expected that the vessel will be admitted to pratique and cleared this (Sunday) evening. It appears that there had been a case of modified smallpox on-board very shortly after the departure of the vessel, but the epidemic did not extend, and the passengers arrive all in good health and spirits after the quickest passage which has been made by any of the home ships this season. She is one of Potter, Wilson and Co's line, and brings a number of immigrants.

The Otago Daily Times December 8th 1863

The ship Daniel Rankin, which arrived on Saturday morning, was cleared this (Monday) afternoon, the Health Board having resolved to admit her to pratique, the passengers on board being in perfectly good health on their arrival, and during the greater part of the passage out. The Daniel Rankin, which has made the most successful passage of all the home vessels of the present season, sailed from the Clyde on the 5th of September. She bore away for the South Channel, against very heavy and contrary weather. Succeeded in clearing the land in that direction, and, as far as the Line, had moderately favourable weather crossing it on October 8th, in long 23deg 15min W. In the interval she spoke the Forgan Hall from Bombay to Liverpool, and the Euka bound from Hong Kong to Liverpool. By both of these ships letters were despatched to England. Beyond the line fair S E trades were experienced, and the meridian of the Cape was passed on the 1st of November, on which day the Viola is reported as having also made the same distance. About this time the jib-boom was carried away, but, the damage being immediately rectified, the ship was enabled to proceed without any delay. From the meridian of the Cape to 50o ??? E., moderate weather was experienced, and thence heavy weather set in till the Snares were reached, which occurred on Thursday, the 3rd inst, during a heavy gale from the northward, the vessel being then under close-reefed topsails. On arrival the passengers presented Captain Miller, who has been long favourably known in passenger and troop ships, with a testimonial complementing him upon his conduct during the passage. On the evening of that day a meeting of the passengers was held and, in the name of the passengers, Mr W Blair presented Captain Miller with a complimentary address, thanking him for his kindness and attention, and for the skill and energy he had displayed during the voyage. A similar address from the general body of the passengers was presented by Mr David Blair, both addresses being acknowledged by Captain Miller in a happy and appropriate manner. Equally satisfactory testimony  to the condition of the ship was born by Mr Monson, Immigration Officer, who appended to the clearance of the ship the remark that she was exceedingly well fitted, cleanly, and approved of by the passengers.