ARRIVAL OF THE ROBERT SMALL
The Daily Southern Cross June 21st 1862
The Robert Small, Captain J W B Drake, arrived here yesterday morning after a tedious passage of 133 days. Left Gravesend on Saturday, February 8th, 1862, passed through the Downs on the same day, had a fair run out of the Channel, and took the final departure from the Start Light at midnight on Sunday 9th. When off the coast of Portugal encountered severe S W gales, which lasted till the end of the month. Passed Madeira on the 3rd March, and the Canary Islands on the 7th. N E trades very light and variable. Crossd the line on the 27th March, in 23o west longitude. Had scarcely any S E trades, the winds being very light and variable, and did not reach the meridian of the Cape of Good Hope till the 9th May. Run down the easting between the parallels of 43o and 47o. Captain Drake reports that he had never in any previous voyage experienced such a constant succession of light winds and head winds as were encountered up to the 9th May, then out 88 days from the Start, the ship having only averaged 96 miles per day, or four knots per hour. From the meridian of the Cape, the Robert Small had fair average winds and principally moderate weather, with one or two hard gales from the westward. Rounded the south Cape of Tasmania, on the 10th June; sighted the Three Kings at half-past three on Tuesday, the 17th June, and arrived in Auckland Harbour on Friday forenoon, the 20th June. Experienced calms and baffling winds on the coast. The ships two previous voyages to New Zealand were performed in 102 and 105 days into harbour. The Robert Small is in a ver creditable state, she is clean fore and aft; and the passengers speak highly of the kindness and attention of Captain Drake and his officers. There were four cases of measles and one of small-pox at the commencement of the voyage, but the disease did not spread, and latterly every one on board was healthy. The esteem in which Captain Drake is held by those with whom he came more immediately into contact is shown from the following letter of thanks presented to him on his arrival at this port:-
board the Robert Small,
Auckland, June 20, 1862.
We the undersigned saloon passengers beg to tender our warmest thanks to Captain Drake for his kindness and attantion to our comfort as well as his unvarying gentlemanly demeanour during our voyage from london, and at the same time express our high appreciation of his untiring energy and promptitude in the exercise of all his professional duties, and the entire confidence we have felt in him in all the emergencies incident to a long though pleasant voyage.
Wishing him every prosperity and happiness in his pleasant voyage.
Wishing him every prosperity and happiness in his future career,
We remain with kindest rememberances,
G W Hudson S M Clarke
F Murray William F J Lynch
H W Pye Amelia Lynch
G W Clarke
The Robert Small is one of those famous old English ships which, some twelve or fifteen years ago, acquired a well-merited name in the East India trade. Built at Newcastle, and classed twelve years for the firm of Small and Co., of Old Jewry, London, she, in connexion with the good ships, John Line, William Jarvine, and John O'Gaunt, formed one of a class of vessels, which ever stood high at the Jerusalem and Lloyd's, in the estimation of all shippers and passengers for India and the East. Latterly she has changed hands; but, nevertheless, is yet the same sound staunch ship, standing A1 at Lloyd's, and equal for any service she may be required for.