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Josephine Willis
Ship: 786 tons
Captain: Edward Canney
Surgeon Superintendent: Dr Singleton
Sailed Plymouth October 23rd 1854  - arrived New Plymouth January 25th 1855
                                                                        Auckland February 5th 1855

A ship by which many prominent early settlers came out to New Zealand was the Josephine Willis, a brand new vessel of 1000 tons, that afterwards met with a tragic end in the english Channel. She sailed under the flag of Willis, Gann and Co. On October 23, 1854, she left Plymouth, with 135 passengers on board, for New Plymouth and Auckland. New Plymouth was reached on January 26, 1855, after a voyage that was somewhat eventful owing to the fact that a portion of the crew was decidedly mutinous and opposed all authority on board. While the ship was at New Plymouth roadstead she was in some danger for a while owing to the springing up of a northerly gale, and the position was accentuated by five of the crew refusing duty. The loyal part of the crew, however, with the willing assistance of the pasengers, worked splendidly, and got the ship under way. She then sailed for Auckland, where she arrived on February 5.
White Wings - Sir Henry Brett

Arrival of the Josephine Willis
Sinking of the Josephine Willis - February 3rd 1856

Name Age County Occupation
Passengers
Bates G
Bell Andrew
Berlby Mr
Brown Joseph
Mrs
9 children
Buller Mr
Mrs
Miss
Miss
Buttle Thomas
Bycroft Mr
Mrs
3 children
Carmon J
Carter Thomas
Christopher Mr
Mrs
Miss
Cooper Mr
Mrs
Coules Mrs
2 children
Coxhead W
Cruickshank Mr D
Davis Mr
Mrs
3 children
Deighton Mr Bound for New Plymouth
Dingwell John
Earle Catherine
Finley Mr
Mrs
3 children
Foulner Mr
Mrs
Gledhill Mr Bound for New Plymouth
Mrs
Family
Glenny Mr
Mrs
Guvonan Sarah
Thomas
Halligum Mr
Mrs
Hancock Mr
Mrs
Heath Margaret
Thomas
Hitchins Mrs
Holdship Henry
George
Holland Mr
Mrs
3 children
Horsley Mr
Mrs
Miss
Miss
Jenkins Mr
Mrs
Johnson Margaret
Kelly Bridget
Kenderdine Dr
Kilkenny Mary
Matthew
Lynch Mr
Mrs
3 children
Maclean Mr
Mrs
Miss
Marriage A
Moore Sarah
O'Hara P
Rae J
Reid Mr
Retallick Mr
Mrs
Rodda Mr
Mrs
Sharp Mr
Mrs
2 children
Singleton Dr
Stackpole Maria
Swales Mr
Taylor Mr
Mrs H
4 children
Trethowan Mrs
2 children
Turnbull Mr
Wasley Mr
Mrs
Webb Mr
Mrs
Whitford Mr
Mrs
Wilson Sarah
                                                            

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Reference:
Taranaki Herald January 24th 1855
The New Zealander February 7th 1855