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The Colonist June 10th 1875

The fine iron ship Hannibal, 1191 tons, classed at Lloyd's AA with star, Capt Brown, arrived on June 9 from  London, after a very successful voyage of 92 days from port to port, and 81 days from land to land. On Tuesday,
June 8, she was sighted from the Pilot station, and on the following morning the Charles Edward, with the Health Officer (Dr Squires), the Immigration Officer (Mr Elliott), the Provincial Secretary (Mr O'Conor), and the representative of this journal on board, proceeded down the Bay, and towed her to the anchorage. Captain Brown reports leaving Gravesend on the 9th March, and was towed to the Downs; passed through the Downs on the
13th, and discharged her pilot off the Lizard on the 16th. This was the last land sighted, and in nineteen days from that date she crossed the Equator in 29 degs. W longitude. She experienced good NE trades, but instead of falling in with the SE trades had but light variable winds, which lasted to the meridian of the Cape, which she passed on the 49th day after leaving the Lizard, in the latitude 39 degs S. She ran her easting between the degrees of 40 and 48, with strong winds; rounded Tasmania on the 30th May, and made Cape Farewell on the 5th June, but adverse winds prevented her making the anchorage till the above day.

The Surgeon (Dr Russell) seems to have had his hands full, no less than five cases of scarlatina and ten of gastric fever, besides many cases of minor ailments, having occurred during the voyage, but, happily, the issue of so much dangerous sickness was much more favourable than is the case on most immigrant ships; but one death occurred from disease, a child named Fanny Hoult, having died on the 7th March from scarlatina. The first case
of scarlatina broke out at Gravesend on the 13th March, and the last case was convalescent on the 17th May; the last case of gastric fever was convalescent on the 10th May. There was, however, one other death, that of a passenger names James Brewer, who was washed overboard and drowned on the 9th May. There were four births. We believe Dr Russell had charge of an emigrant ship which arrived at Wellington last year when the local
papers spoke extremely well of the manner in which this gentleman had conducted his charge, and in the present instance he has been equally successful.

Of the captain and officers, the passengers all speak well, and a testimonial is in the course of preparation to those gentlemen, and we may add that the captain and officers likewise speak well of the emigrants.

The ship will not come inside the harbor, as nearly the whole of the cargo is for Wellington, whither she will sail in a few days.

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Nelson Evening Mail June 9th 1875

The ship Hannibal, 1198 tons, captain Brown, 88 days out from London, was signalled this morning, when the steamer Charles Edward was at once dispatched to meet her, with the Immigration and Health Officers, and the
Provincial Secretary on board, and towed her down to the outer anchorage, where she now lies. She has had a very favourable passage, which would have been faster but that she was becalmed for ten days after crossing the
Equator. On Saturday last she was at the entrance to Cook's Strait, when she encounter the furious gale that was experienced in Nelson and has since been becalmed. There were ten cases of gastric fever, and five of scarlatina,
from the latter of which one child died. On the 9th of May, on eof the crew was found missing, and it supposed that he was washed overboard. The last case of scarlatina commenced on the 13th March and the termination of the disease on the 17th of May. Four births occurred during the voyage. The number of passengers is 201, and of the crew 45. The immigrants for Nelson will be landed to-morrow morning and those for the West Coast will be
dispatched by the Murray at noon. A few more will be sent to Westport by the Wallace Monday. Those destined for Marlborough will be forwarded by the Lyttelton on Saturday. As the ship has a very small quantity of cargo for this place, she will not enter the harbor, but will proceed to Wellington in a day or two. Mr Russell, who was surgeon to the immigrant ship La Hogue on her voyage to Wellington last year, and was complimented by the authorities for the skill and care he had displayed, is the surgeon in charge.

Nelson Evening Mail June 10th 1875

The landing of the Hannibal's immigrants commenced this morning, the steamer Lady Barkly, which had been engaged for the purpose, leaving the wharf on her first trip at 10 o'clock. On arriving alongside the ship, it was found that the luggage had all been got ready for transhipment, while the deck was crowded with the passengers, all of them eager to set foot on land once more. In about an hour's time the steamer had taken in as much cargo as she could conveniently stow away, and then the living freight commenced to stream on board, until it was difficult to obtain standing room, and then the gangway was removed, and the Barkly steamed away, hearty cheers being given by those on board both vessels, while not a few were almost regretful at leaving the " good old Hannibal." Which had safely and swiftly conveyed them to their new home. It was gratifying to find a general expression of satisfaction with the treatment experienced on board, while all, and especially the females, were loud in their praise of Dr Russell, of whose kindness and attention they spoke in the highest terms. It was amusing to listen to the exclamations of surprise at the narrow entrance to the harbor, and of admiration of the scenery, the always pretty villas that adorn the port hills looking almost prettier than ever in the bright sunshine. " Isn't that a beautiful house?" " Oh, isn't this lovely?" " Don't the green grass and bushes look nice after not seeing them for so long?" and numerous other exclamations of a like nature were to be heard on all sides, while other fragmentary scraps of conversation were still more amusing. " Well, I declare, if that isn't a cow!" " Why, there is a horse and cab just like England." And then as the wharf was approached, " Look, there's a lot of
people," and " oh my! What a lot of children." On moving alongside there were some happy scenes, fathers and sons, mothers and daughters almost wild with excitement at meeting once again, but in the midst of all this joy
there was one exclamation struck on our ears with an almost saddening effect. It came from one of the young women, as she was a witness to one of these meetings: - " Oh, don't I wish I had a mother here to meet me." All
the passengers having disembarked, the steamer started off again for another batch. The Murray left at one o'clock, and picked up the immigrants for the Westland, from the ship on her way.

Nelson Evening Mail June 11th 1875

The following IMMIGRANTS by the ship Hannibal will be at the Depot ready for engagement after THIS DAY, Thursday, June 10, between the hours of Ten and Three daily:
Laborers 19
Farm Laborers 25
Navvy 1
Ploughman 1
Gardeners 2
Wheelwright 1
Sawyer 1
Carpenters 4
Turner 1
Ironmoulder 1
Blacksmith 2
Colders 4
Engine Driver 1
Plasterers 2
Miller 1
Tailors 2
Milkman 1
Grocer 1
Butchers 2
Shoemaker 1
Wagoner 1
Baker 1
Plumber 1
Fitter 1
Laundress 1
Housemaid 1
General Female
Servant 6

C Elliott
Immigration Officer

Nelson Evening Mail June 16th 1875

A Contradiction

To the Editor of the Evening Mail:
Sir - Having seen a paragraph in the Nelson Daily Times, stating that complaints had been made by immigrants per Hannibal as to the dangerous character of the work offered by me on the Haven-road, I beg to state that
the two men employed on Saturday last, named Foote and Reece, were employed filling carts and distributing the stuff at the tip which is anything but dangerous. I think the editor of the Times would do well to make himself
acquainted with the facts before circulating reports that have no foundation whatever. As to the experienced miner who refused work, I have not the least idea who he is. By inserting the above you will oblige.

I am, &c.'
W Jones