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North Otago Times September 26th 1873

The ship Douglas, from London, with 400 immigrants has arrived. There were six deaths on the passage, and small-pox and fever raged on board. The Douglas is now in quarantine.

Southland Times September 26th 1873

Douglas, ship, 1428 tons, Wilson, from London. She brings 6 cabin passengers and 388 immigrants, and alarge quantity of railway plant and rolling stock, including locomotives. She has been 107 days out, and had small-pox on board, 6 deaths having occurred during the voyage. The vessel has been placed in quarantine.

Daily Southern Cross September 27th 1873

The Immigration and Health Officers are making preparations for landing the passengers per  'Douglas' on Soams' Island [sic].

The passengers by the 'Douglas' are being landed at quarantine station to-day. It is two months since the last case of small-pox occurred. The fever patients are all convalescent, and there is no one in the hospital.

Evening Post September 27th 1873

At eight o'clock yesterday morning the agents of the Douglas (Messrs Levin and Co) dispatched a boat with fresh provision, which arrived at the quarantine ground about half-past ten. The vessel is lying on the northeast side of Somes Island, and about a quarter of a mile from the wharf. On arrival it was found that the Health and Immigration Officers had preceded them in Capt Holliday's boat. Captain Wilson, of the Douglas, and Dr Tuck, the Surgeon Superintendent of the ship, who were in one of the vessel's boats, were being questioned as to the state of the passengers generally and the health of all on board. We are glad to learn that the sickness is not so bad as was at first supposed. During the voyage there were some cases of small pox in a modified form, and also scarlatina amongst the children. At present there are a few signs of slight scarlatina, but all are convalescent and able to go on deck. The deaths were six, all infants under a year; and the births were five. Nothing otherwise, that we could learn, occurred to mar the voyage. The passengers expressed great satisfaction at the supply of  fresh provisions. Captain Wilson appears to have conducted the ship in a very creditable manner, and Dr Tuck has evidently carried out his instructions to the letter. Had it been otherwise, and had the Douglas been a smaller ship, it is hard to say what would have been the consequences; but we are informed that a more roomy, better ventilated, and finer passenger ship never entered our harbor. There had not been a single case of sickness amongst the crew, which is, perhaps, a significant fact.  The Health and Immigration Officers, after examining the captain and the surgeon, fumigated Pilot Holmes, and allowed him to proceed to his home. Captain Wilson will probably succeed in landing the last of the passengers to-day. This is a tedious job, on account of the bedding and clothing requiring fumigation, which occupies two hours to each fumigation. When the passengers have been landed, the fittings will be sent on shore and the vessel scrubbed and thoroughly fumigated, after which, it is probable, she will be admitted to pratique. The following is a list of the names of the passengers, and the number in each family: [Not transcribed]

Evening Post September 27th 1873

The health and immigration authorities duly visited the quarantine station yesterday, and obtained from the captain and the doctor of the Douglas (whom they "spoke" at a safe distance) the following particulars of the condition of the passengers, which we rejoice to learn is much more satisfactory than at first reported:- It appears that although a mild form of small pox occurred in the early part of the voyage, it had been completely "stamped out" by the admirable sanitary arrangements, and the entire isolation of the infected persons, which the large size and efficient appliances of the Douglas enabled to be carried out. Hence the formidable disease soon disappeared, and not a single case had occurred for fully two months. Scarlatina also broke out among the children, and six deaths occurred, all, however, being infants under twelve months. Of this malady there are still a few cases, but very moderate in degree, and the patients are all but convalescent. It is hoped, therefore, that the detention in quarantine will be brief. The landing of the passengers, and the fumigation of themselves, their clothing, bedding and luggage, is proceeding vigorously. The ship is reported to be everything that could be desired as an immigrant vessel, and Captain Wilson and Dr Tuck are said to have fulfilled their onerous duties to the thorough satisfaction of all. It is hoped that the ship may be admissable to pratique next week.

The agents for the Douglas, Messrs Levin and Co, on it being known that she had been ordered into quarantine, at once sent off ample supplies of fresh provisions, which naturally were very acceptable to the passengers, thus necessarily, but most provokingly, delayed after a voyage which, however pleasant and prosperous, already had been somewhat protracted.