ARRIVAL OF THE SIBERIA FROM LONDON
From the Christchurch Press February 22nd 1870
The fine ship Siberia, Captain Inglis, arrived in harbour yesterday morning from London, after a passage of ninety-two days from port to port and eighty-two days from land to land. She brings thirteen cabin passengers and a large number of immigrants, who are all in excellent health; they are under the medical superintendence of Dr Powell, who again returns to settle in this province. Miss Hunt was matron.
The ship was towed in by the S.S. Airdale, and brought up opposite Sticking point. The Health and Immigration officers visited the ship, and after the usual questions had been answered, passed her as free from sickness. The arrangements for the immigrants' accommodation are very good are very good, the between decks being unusually lofty and airy, the single girls' department especially being very clean. She carries a steam engine for condensing her own water. There are on board six Leicester sheep in fine condition, also five partridges for J. C. Wilson, Esq., C. B.
The following is the captain's report:-
Left Gravesend on the 20th November, 1869, and the Land's end on the 24th; crossed the Equator on the 16th December, and passed the meridian the meridian of Greenwich on the 12th January, having experienced light winds throughout the whole the whole distance. On the 17th January were in 20 E; 21st January 40 E, having sighted Prince Edward's Islands; on the 23rd also sighted Procession and East Islands. On the 8th February were in 137 E, and experienced for the next three days strong gales from the E and N E; passed the Snares on the 15th February, having been eighty-two days from land to land. Experienced calms and gales of wind up the coast, with much rain; on the night of Saturday last during a heavy N W gale lost the foresail; sighted the ship England, outward bound off the Peninsula; when off the Heads signalled the Airedale in passing, and was towed into port by her.
Address to Captain J. Inglis by the
Immigrants and Steerage Passengers on board the ship Siberia.
Dear Sir - The following address we are most anxious that you should not regard in the light of a merely formal leave taking, but that you should consider it as the genuine utterance of heart-felt appreciation and respect. We have now for nearly three months enjoyed the privilege of close and uninterrupted intercourse with you, and at the conclusion of our voyage we feel that words can but feebly express the sentiments which we cherish towards you. Your kind and courteous demeanour, your manly and ????? bearing, your unswerving desire to promote the health, happiness and comfort of all on shipboard; the way also in which you have discharged the onerous and highly responsible duties of commander, have proved you to be just that one under whose guidance those in our circumstances would wish to meet the dangers and difficulties which necessarily surround a long sea voyage. From a thorough knowledge of your wonted kindness, we presume to make an allusion to your chief officer, Mr Harris.May he long to persevere in the path he has chosen, and we do not entertain the slightest doubt but he will yet acquire that exalted reputation for which his kind and gentlemanly bearing has already sown the fertile seed. Allow us then, on leaving you, to express the hope that every success may await you in that profession which you have so much at heart, and which you are so eminently fitted to adorn; and in fine, may your life be long spared, and it be so happy, as we are confident it will ever be conscientious, upright and honourable.
Signed by 129 passengers.
Testimonials were also presented to Dr Powell, the Matron, and the third mate (purser) - all numerously signed.