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The Evening Star, Saturday, January 16 1875

A barque was signalled early this morning, but owing to the southerly wind, she has not been able to make the harbour up to the time of our going to press. At two oclock her number was made out, and she proved to be the barque Dilharree from London with immigranats. Many were much surprised in consequence of believing the Dilherree to be a ship, but had they studied the expected list of the Star they would have seen it mentioned all along as a barque. The Dilherree has been a ship, but she has been altered to that of a barque. It is nearly certain that the Health Officer and Immigration Officer will go off to her this evening. The Dilharree left left London October 12th and is consequently 106 days out. She comes consigned to the agents of the New Zealand Shipping Co.

The New Zealand Herald, Monday, January 18th 1875
(Part of this report are impossible to read owing to the corner of the newspaper being turned up. Here we have made a guess as to what may have been printed. This includes about a dozen words where the instances of sickness on board are discussed.

The fine barque Dilharree, 1203 tons, Captain R. McNeilly arrived in port on Saturday evening from London, after a quick passage of 80 days from land to land. She has been signalled all day, but owing to light airs was unable to make the harbour till night. Having got the immirgants on board. Dr Philson, Health Officer, accompanied by Mr H. Ellis, Immugration Officer, proceded down to the channel to insprct the passengers. Everything on board was found satisfactory, and a clean bill of health givento the ship. She afterwards anchored off Queen Street wharf. the Dilharree brings, in addition to 375Government immigrants a large general cargo. She is a fine vessel, admirabley suited for the conveyance of immigrants, having been built for a troop ship. She is a composite-built vessel of 1293 tons, with the advantage of a double iron frame, doubly planked with teak, the inside planking being four inches thick, and the outside being three and a half inches. Her inside iron framework is on the diagonal principle, giving her immense strength. She was built in Limehouse in 1865, and is classed A1 for 16 years. The cost of her building exceeded 36,500. The Dilharre belongs to Messers John Lidgett and Sons, the well known London shipowners. She was formerly a ship but, but since Captain McNeilly took command, some two years ago, her rig has been altered to that of a barque. Her 'tween decks have the advantage of being light, lofty, and well ventilated. Two bulkheads divide the classes of immigrants, the fore compartment being occupied by the single men, the waist by the married people, and aft by the single girls. The whole of the births have the advantage of running fore-and-aft, and the compartments are roomy, there being an absence of any crowding. On arrival the immigrants quarters presented a remarkably clean appearance, for which very great credit is due those in charge. A fine-weather passage was experienced by the vessel. The general health of the passengers was good, a fact which may be attributed to the careful inspection that took place previous to her departure from the River Thames, and which resulted in a few instances of sickly people being returned to the depot, at the instigation of the Surgeon Superintendent. The passengers on arrival, all presented a healthy appearance, and the children give evidence of being well cared for. Nine deaths occurred on the passage, principally from diarrhoea amongst infants. These all took place in the viscinity of the Equator, there being no cases of mortality on either side of the tropics. The cause of the disorder is atributed to the heat of the weather. The passengers were themselves satisfied with the treatment received from the Captain, Dr Forbes, and officers during the passage. We are indebted to Captain McNeilly for the following report of the passage:- Dilharree took her leave from the Lizard Light on the 15th October. Thence had light winds until half-way across the Bay of Biscay, where a calm of three days duratiion was experienced. The Cape de Verde Islands were reached on the 2nd November, where the ship was becalmed along with 16 sail for several days. From the Cape de Verde Islands to latitude 5 deg. north, nothing but calms and light airs were met with, the trades being in complete abayance. The south-easttrades were met with in latitude 5 deg. north, and the line crossed on November 14th, in longitude 29 deg. 15 min. west. The south-east trades were as a rule light, and rising from the south. On the 29th November passed close to Tristan d' Acunha, and saw the remains of a wreck on the north side of the island. The easting was run down in the parallel of 48 deg. south, with light variable winds from the north-east to south-west. Passed several icebergs at intervals, until the meridian of 84 deg. east was reached. Passed inside the Three Kings on January 13th, and arrived in Auckland Harbour on the 16th inst.

The following is a return of births and deaths on the passage:-
BIRTHS:- Mrs Smithercam of a son, December 3: Mrs Harris of a son, December 7: Mrs Dowling of a daughter, January 16th.
DEATHS:- Smithison Simpson, 6 weeks diarrhoea: Annie Henry 13 months, diarrhoea: James Dowling 13 months, debility: Alice Kernoe 3 years, debility: Barbara Daines 19 months, diarrhoea: Martin Dowling 25 years, acute rheaumatism: James Simpson 17 months, diarrhoea: Annie Wakefield 16 months, diarrhoea: Jane Smithercam 2 years, diarrhoea.