ARRIVAL OF THE MAY QUEEN
The New Zealand Herald February 4th 1878
Early on the 7th January the signals displayed the numbers of the above ship, from London, and shortly before 7 o'clock she rounded the Heads, after one of the smartest passages of the season, being 95 days from Gravesend and 93 from Start Point. She cones into port in first-class condition, with a passenger list of 46, the whole of whom have enjoyed excellent health, and appear to have spent a most pleasant period during the voyage to their adopted country. Concerts, theatrical and other similar entertainment's, were held weekly, which tended to relieve the monotony which is often realised on a long voyage like that of the May Queen. That Captain Tatchell and his officers have won the respect and esteem of those committed to their charge, is evident from the flattering testimonial presented to the captain, which consisted of a silver biscuit-box, the workmanship of one of the passengers, accompanied by a letter expressing the passenger's gratitude to the worthy captain for his assiduousness in promoting the welfare and comfort of all on board.