ARRIVAL OF THE ST PAULI
Nelson Examiner June 17th 1843
After a passage of between five and six months, the St pauli, with German immigrants, arrived here on Wednesday last. She left Hamburg on the 4th January, but put into Bahia, where she remained three weeks. The passengers are Mr Beit and family (amounting, we believe, to fourteen), two Lutheran missionaries, and an English gentleman from Bahia. Mr Beit is a large purchaser of land in this settlement, having five allotments, and, we understand, is appointed German Consul. The immigrants are partly mechanics and partly labourers; many of the latter are from the Rhenish provinces, and are acquainted with the culture of the vine. We yesterday witnessed the landing of the first boat, and several immediately betook themselves to the hill side and examined the soil, which they pronounced to be well adapted for vine growing. They all appear in high spirits, and will no doubt make valuable settlers. Notwithstanding the prolonged passage, and that destructive disease the small-pox making its appearance on board three weeks after sailing, only four children died. A salute was fired from the shore on Thursday morning, when the St Pauli came into harbour.
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