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The New Zealander December 3rd 1859

The 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 Gough’s 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 Tasmania making the Three Kings at midnight of 28th and sighed the steamer Airedale about 8 a.m. on 29th.  There were two births and two deaths (both adults) during the passage.  One was a passenger of consumption, the other was that of a seaman who dropped dead whilst at the wheel from disease of the heart.  Otherwise the ship was remarkably healthy; she was under the medical superintendence of Dr JONES who visited Auckland in a like capacity in the Cresswell about four years since.  The casualties which the ship encountered sufficiently explain the cause of her protracted passage.   She comes into port in clean and creditable condition and from the glowing character of the testimonials presented to Capt ALLEN and his officers, it is clear that ship and captain have maintained the high reputation which they have hitherto enjoyed in the Australian passenger trade.  Like the bulk of the immigrants that have been arriving during the past 12 months, the passengers by the Shooting Star are of a similar stalwart class and orderly and respectable bearing.  According to the Official List they number 173 souls all told, being equal by computation to 151 statute adults.  Of these 105 are English, 39 Scotch and 29 Irish, among whom there are reported to be 88 farmers, 14 spinsters, 4 joiners, 1 carpenter, 1 engineer, 1 gardener, 1 governess, 1 labourer, with their wives and families.

 Shooting Star, Auckland Harbour, 1 December 1859
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]

 Shooting Star, Auckland Harbour, 1 December 1859
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]

Shooting Star, Auckland Harbour, 1 December 1859
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]

Shooting Star, Auckland Harbour, 1 December 1859
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}