ARRIVAL OF THE SHOOTING STAR
The New Zealander December 3rd 1859
ship was towed to sea on 11 August and the Tuscat Light having been reached on 13th,
her tow was cast off and the passage commenced against a head wind. Got very light NE trade and crossed the
equator on 20 September. Experienced a long
detention in the variables and had a very poor SE trade; sighted Goughs Island on 11
October and on 12th, it then blowing a hard gale from the SSW, the mainmast was
discovered to be badly sprung under the head of the rigging; the royal and top gallant
gear were at once sent down and the mast secured by three spars which were lashed abaft
and on either side, as well as by stout preventer back-stays which were set up well aft. Passed the meridian of the Cape of Good Hope on 14th
and on 20th fell in and exchanged colours with the Greyhound, a ship
chartered by the White Star Co and which had sailed from Liverpool for Melbourne; the Greyhound
apparently had her bows stove in and was heading to the eastward; it was then blowing hard
and the Shooting Star was labouring greatly. On
27th it then blowing a very heavy gale at NW, carried away the foreyard. Ran down her easting, experiencing moderate
weather. On 19 November passed to the
southward but in sight of
CAPTAIN E J ALLEN
Dear Sir Having safely arrived at the end of our voyage, we are desirous of expressing our sincere thanks for the gentlemanly and kind manner in which you have uniformly treated us and further to express our admiration of the skilful manner in which you have navigated the ship and brought us in safety to our destined port; after a voyage which, on account of the distance, must necessarily be a long one, despite the past deeds of the Shooting Star. Allow us to offer our most sincere thanks to yourself and Mrs Allen, for the many kindnesses shewn us by both of you. Long may you be spared to each other and may you dispense to future passengers the same happiness that you have diffused throughout the ship in which we have had the good fortune to make the voyage, which could not have been passed in a more agreeable manner under existing circumstances. In conclusion, should you ever emigrate to NZ, which we hope you may, we only wish that the commander of the ship in which you take your passage, may be a man who, like yourself, deservedly holds the reputation of being the most popular man in the passenger trade and may he do to you, as you have ever acted to others.
We remain, Dear sir, with regard & esteem, Very sincerely yours [Here follow all the passengers names]
T C JONES Esq, Surgeon
Dear Sir As we are now about to separate, allow us before parting to express the high esteem we feel for you as Medical officer of the Shooting Star. When we consider the length of the voyage and the number of medical cases which must necessarily occur among a large community, we cannot withhold our admiration of your professional skill (of which the good health of all is a voucher) nor our regard for the affability and gentlemanly manner with which you have ever treated us. Wishing you every happiness and success in your profession.
We remain, Dear sir, Yours sincerely [Here follow the names of all the passengers]
Dear Sir Now that the Shooting Star has arrived at Auckland, we the undersigned passengers feel that it would be a dereliction of duty on our part were we to separate without acknowledging the kindness, civility and attention we have received at your hands during this passage, protracted beyond the length expected, on account of the light baffling and contrary winds we have experienced. Your admirable skill in the management of the ship under trying circumstances, also calls forth our admiration. Should you be spared to have the command of a passenger vessel, we shall be glad to learn that any of our friends who may leave their native country may place themselves under your protection, feeling assured that those good qualities which you have displayed as first mate, will appear to greater advantage as Captain. Wishing you a long and happy life and the success in your noble profession that your abilities so well deserve.
We remain, Dear sir, With regard & esteem, Yours very truly [Here follow all the passengers names]
Dear Sir We cannot take leave of the Shooting Star without expressing the admiration called forth by your unremitting attention and kindness to all classes of passengers. Your zeal to contribute towards the instruction and amusement of all is well worthy the imitation of those occupying similar positions in your noble calling. We sincerely trust that you may be spared to attain a pre-eminence in your distinguished profession as the just desert of your admirable and sailor-like conduct as second mate. Hoping that we shall meet again and wishing you all happiness in this life.
We remain, Dear sir, Yours sincerely [Here follow the names of all the passengers}