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The new Zealander December 7th 1859

The Nourmahal,Capt BRAYLEY, which has been some    time looked for, hove in sight on Monday and rounded the North Head at 9 a.m.  For a ship of her high class, she has made rather a lengthened passage having been 106 days from the Downs whence she sailed on 21 August, the Pilot taking his leave at the Start on 24th.   Had light winds down Channel and all the way to Madeira.  Like most ships lately arrived, she experienced indifferent  NE trades  and was only enabled to cross the equator on her 39th day out.  Touched at the island of Tristan d’Acunha for supplies on 18 October.  These supplied were brought off to the ship by Mr Peter GREEN who is married to a daughter of the celebrated Governor GLASS and who is consequently the chief of the island population consisting of six families, numbering 40 souls.  The supplies comprised beef, sheep, pigs, poultry, eggs and butter; the beef was of fair quality; the mutton good and sweet but small; the pork very good and the poultry, eggs and butter excellent.  There are about 300 head of cattle and 200 sheep but it being early in the Spring, no vegetables were to be procured though these are to be had in the season.  The Community appeared to be healthy and happy but clothing, especially for females, seemed to be scarce.  There is abundance of water and Mr Green stated that in fine weather, landing was easy on any part of the island.  On 28 October passed the meridian of the Cape of Good Hope.  On 15 October an unfortunate accident occurred, one of the apprentices falling from the mizen gaff and receiving a concussion of the braim; the boy we are happy to say is likely to do well.  Ran down her easting, passing Tasmania on the ?2nd ult.  Sighted the Three Kings on Saturday morning and the Poor Knights the same evening at midnight.  There was one marriage which was celebrated on 9 November by Rev BLACKBURN; a birth also took place on Monday morning soon after she had reached the anchorage.  The Nourmahal is an exceedingly fine ship built at Bridport, Dorset, and on the first letter for 13 years.  She is from the same pool and belongs tol the same owners as the William Prowse, a smaller vessel but one which was greatly admired on her two visits to Auckland.  The Nourmahal is 174 feet long, 33 feet […..] beam, 21ft 1inch depth of hold and measures 846 tons.   By her Official List we learn that she brings 123 passengers which are equal to 104 statute adults.  Of these there are ?? English, 13 Scotch, 5 Irish and 7 foreigners; and among then 20 farmers, 6 female servants, 5 labourers, 5 tailors, 3 clerks, 2 cabine-makers, 2 carpenters & joiners, 2 mechanics, 1 wheelwright & blacksmith, 1 slater, 1 carter, 1 brewer, 1 schoolmaster, 1 dairy maid – together with their wives and families.


To Captain Lewis C BRAYLEY, of the ship Nourmahal

Off the Bay of Islands, NZ, 3 December 1859


Dear Sir – As we have every prospect of being in Auckland Harbour tomorrow, which is the Sabbath, we embrace the opportunity before arriving in port of congratulating you on the successful termination of so long a voyage as is that from England to NZ and we do so with special reference to your position and conduct as Commander of a large passenger vessel.  It has given us the greatest confidence to witness your diligence and skill in the management and direction of the affairs of your ship and especially your watchful care when it was more particularly required, the roughest weather always finding you at your post.  And in connection with the faithful and conscientious discharge of your duties as Commander, we have great pleasure in bearing our testimony to your readiness and ability to arrange the affairs and meet all the reasonable wants of the passengers under your charge.  We shall ever have a lively recollection of your uniform kindness and hospitality as well as your courteousness and gentlemanly propriety; these with your other excellent qualities, we think render you specially adapted for the onerous and responsible position you hold and, with the many others you have already received, we feel a pleasure in writing our assurances of appreciation of your character and conduct and though we shall be soon again separated for our several spheres of duty in the world – we shall look back with esteem for and gratitude to you as the instrument in the order of Divine Providence in safety conducting us to this distant land.  Sincerely desiring for you and yours every happiness and …,

We are, Dear Sir, Respectfully yours [Here follow all the names of the passengers]


Presented to Captain BRAYLEY on the ship Nourmahal coming to anchor in Auckland Harbour, by Major YOUNG.



Ship Nourmahal, Auckland 5 December 1859

Gentlemen, I sincerely thank you for the very handsome testimonial you have presented me with at the termination of our passage.  I shall ever look back with pleasure to the many pleasant hours spent in your society.  I wish you every happiness and trust you may soon more than realise your anticipations in this your new and adopted home.

I have the honour to be, Gentlemen, your obedient servant, Lewis C BRAYLEY.