ARRIVAL OF THE RESOLUTE
The Otago Daily Times September 25th 1866
A full meeting of the Health Board took place in the Harbour Office yesterday afternoon, for the purpose of investigating the case of the ship Resolute, from Glasgow, now in quarantine, when it was determined that the whole of the passengers be removed to the barracks on Quarantine Island, which removal will probably take place today. For the convenience of friends, any letters or parcels sent to the Harbour Office will be forwarded to the island.
ARRIVAL OF THE RESOLUTE
The Otago Daily Times September 26th 1866
The ship Resolute still remains
in quarantine. Arrangements have been made for the conveyance of passengers to the
Quarantine Island today. She has 132 passengers and a lare general cargo. The following is
a brief summary of principle events of the voyage:-
Left the Tail of the Bank on the afternoon of the 6th June; parted with the tug at 3am on the 7th; passed the North Channel and had strong westerly windsfor thre of four days, afterwards favourable winds from the north; passed Madeira on the 17th June; from 10 deg north of the Equator had light baffling winds, accompanied by heavy rains; crossed the line on the 7th July, in long 30 west; from thence to the lat of 30 south, had mostly head winds, with sharp squalls, a large number of vessels, outward-bound, being in company; passed to the northward and within sight of Tristan d'Acuha on the 31st July and crossed the meridian of the cape of Good Hope on the 7th August; reached the meridian of 70 east, on the 17th August and then had strong easterly winds, which lasted for ten days
Passed meridian of Port Phillip on 10th September, had light winds and fine weather from thence to the Snares; made Stewart's Island on the 17th instant and had light and baffling winds will the afternoon of the 19th instant. The long was run down mostly on the parallel of 45 south; on attempting to get further south, met in with strong and continuous southerly winds, accompanied by snow and hail; on the 6th September in lat 46.55 south long 123.4 east, Captain Wallace reports meeting with several small icebergs. Tow deaths occurred during the passage - one an infant, on 10th July, the other John Paterson, a steerage passenger, on the 17th August. A flattering testimonial was presented to Captain Wallace, signed by all the passengers.
Testimonial to Captain Wallace
After an exceedingly pleasant, though rather protracted voyage, we cannot part from you without recording our great obligations to you for the manner in which you have brought us in safety from our native land to the home or our adoption. Although many of us may never see you again, our thoughts will often recur to Captain Wallace and his good ship, the Resolute. It is not only your able seamanship that we have had to admire, but your vast fund of general information, and your willingness and ability to convey the same to all enquirers. Many of us have learned useful lessons which we never can forget, for we have had cause to look up to you as a keenobserver, not only of men and scientific facts, but of the many countries to which your profession has drawn you.
Your kindliness of disposition has been made manifest to us on very many occasions; your great patience in any of the trifling troubles which are inseparable from a long voyage in a passenger ship, has been greatly admired, and your quick perception and ready action have given satisfaction to all parties.
Time and circumstances permitting, we could sail under your command for almost any period, for we have such confidence in your ability as a sailor and such respect for your urbanity as a gentleman.
We part from you with regret. We trust that you may be enabled speedily to return to the bosom of your family and that the Almighty Ruler of all our destinies may permit you, in the course of a very few years, to realise so much of this world's wealth as shall be an ample competency for the latter portion of your life - so that you may enjoy to the fullest extent, the comforts and amenities of your home.
We cannot neglect to mention the
uniform courtesy and kindness which we have received from your officers and we heartily
wish them every success in life - We are
[Here follow the signatures of the Cabin passengers]