Barque: 380 tons
Captain: John Lewis
Sailed Cape Town December 10th 1872 - arrived Lyttelton January 26th 1873
On March 7th 1872 the 850 ton barque
Agamemnon left London but by the time she was in the South Atlantic she was shipping
significant amounts of water and the Captain was constantly drunk. Both passengers and
crew petitioned the captain to put into the nearest port, but he absolutely refused.
Eventually the Agamemnon put into Rio de Janeiro where the passenger complained to the
Consul that they should be forwarded to New Zealand by same vessel, under a different
Captain, or by a different vessel. With another Captain the Agamemnon again put to sea on
August 8th, 1872, but they were forced to put into the Cape of Good Hope when they
continued to take on water. Continuous pumping, and the jettisoning of a good deal of
cargo, was fruitless as the vessel continued to experience a good deal of rough weather.
Once the Agamemnon was condemned the passengers continued their voyage to Lyttelton, New
Zealand on board the barque Lyttelton.
The balance of the cargo of the Agamemnon followed by the by the barque Lois.
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|No passengers recorded.|
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The Press January 27th 1873