Barque: 548 tons
Sailed London December 6th 1873 - arrived Auckland March 28th 1874
A fine craft was the barque Hylton
Castle, 548 tons, Captain Scott, which was a pioneer vessel of the Auckland Freight
Company. On the first occasion she visited Auckland she arrived on June 25th, 1873, 114
days after she left Deal. On that occasion she did not bring any passengers. The following
year she was back again in Auckland, arriving on March 28th, after a passage of 112 days.
On this trip she brought two passengers, and, according to the "Star", "one
of them was a McPherson, who, versed in all the secrets of the chase, comes to hunt wild
dogs at Napier." The McPherson, dressed in his kilt, played the pipes
on the poop of the Hylton Castle, and "made the shores resound with the striking
notes of his bagpipes", says the newspaper paragraph.
White Wings - Sir Henry Brett
Copyright Denise & Peter 2006
The Daily Southern Cross November 22nd 1879