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Mermaid
Ship: 1233 tons
Captain: Rose
Surgeon Superintendent:
Sailed London November 15th 1863 - arrived Lyttelton February 16th 1864

Built in Nova Scotia in 1853, Mermaid was originally chartered by the White Star Line to run to Australian ports as a mail packet. During this trade she had a remarkable race with Red Jacket which eventually managed to beat her by 5 days. In 1859 she was applied to the New Zealand trade, making 10 voyages. Three of these were to Auckland and the balance to Lyttelton. She never managed to make any "cracking" voyages. On this voyage in 1868, apart from having some hair-raising experiences avoiding thirty icebergs off Cape Leeuwin and weathering gales in the Southern Ocean, she brought out Blackbirds, Goldfinches, Starlings and Larks for the Acclimatisation Society.
White Wings - Sir Henry Brett

Thanks to Barrie Alford for adding to this list.

Name Age County Occupation
Chief Cabin Passengers

Clarke

Mr

Mrs

Holland

Captain

Mrs

Hoskins

Miss

Jenkins

Mr

Mrs
3 children
Second Cabin Passengers

Clarke

Mr

Kennedy

Mrs

Mrs

Miss

Miss

M'Leod

Mr

Milne

John

Mrs
3 children
      Servant

Moody

Mr

Robinson

Mr

Mrs
Child

Robinson

Mr

Ross

Mr

Stewart,

Mr

Families and Children

Allen

Mr

Banff

Farm Labourer

Mrs
Child

Bastion

Mr J W

Middlesex

Blacksmith

Mrs

Bird

Mr W

Fermanagh

Farm Labourer

Mrs
4 children

Bolton

Mr T E

Oxfordshire

Shoemaker

Mrs
Child

Bowman

William

Northamptonshire

Farm Labourer

Mrs
3 children

Boyce

Mr R

County Down

Farm Labourer

Mrs

Boyd

Mr J

Ayr

Farm Labourer

Mrs
Child

Brice

Charles

Northamptonshire

Farm Labourer

Mrs

Buchan

William

37

Fife

Ploughman

Margery 37
Margery 14

T/F to single women

Domestic Servant

Ellen (Helen) 11
Eliza 4

Bunning

George L

Yorkshire

Farm Labourer

Mrs

Burke

Martin

22

Fife

Ploughman

Anne 21
Mary 5 months

Cole

Mr L

Somerset

Farm Labourer

Mrs

Cooper

Mr J

Yorkshire

Carpenter

Mrs
5 children

Crommie

Mr W

County Down

Blacksmith

Mrs
3 children

Dalwood

Mr C

Somerset

Farm Labourer

Mrs

Davis

Mr J

Warwickshire

Carpenter

Mrs
4 children

Deakin

Mr H

Worcestershire

Carpenter

Mrs

Doran

Mr A

Armagh

Farm Labourer

Mrs
2 children

Edlin

Henry

35

Leicestershire

Farm Labourer

Mary 33
Sarah Ann 10
Thomas William 8
Agnes 4
George 2

Ford

Mr J

Stirling

Farm Labourer

Mrs
Child

Gillespie

Mr W

County Down

Farm Labourer

Mrs
5 children

Gordon

Mr J

Stirling

Farm Labourer

Mrs
3 children

Gray

Mr H

Fermanagh

Land Steward

Mrs
7 children

Hay

Mr W E

Yorkshire

Carpenter

Mrs

Jones

Mr W

Monmouth

Mason

Mrs

Kerr

Mr D

Antrim

Farm Labourer

Mrs
Child

Kier

Mr H

Forfar

Farm Labourer

Mr
2 children

Lilley

George L

Suffolk

Farm Labourer

Mr
2 children

Logie

Mr J

Forfar

Ploughman

Mrs
2 children

Manson

Mr J

Dumbarton

Farm Labourer

Mrs

Marson

Mr D

Dumbarton

Farm Labourer

Mrs
3 children

M'Farlane

Mr R

Dumbarton

Ploughman

Mrs
3 children

Mullens

Mr S

Lancashire

Farm Labourer

Mrs
2 children

Munelly

Mr

Cheshire

Farm Labourer

Mrs

Page

Mrs J

Fife

Farm Labourer

Mrs

Pearce

Mr W

Somerset

Farm Labourer

Mrs

Robinson

Mr G

King's Co.

Farm Labourer

Mrs

Rosser

James

Gloucestershire

Farm Labourer

Mrs
Child

Slade

Mr J W

Middlesex

Bricklayer

Mrs
3 children

Stevenson

Mr J

Stirling

Farm Labourer

Mrs
2 children

Thorndon

Thomas

37

Linlithgow

Carpenter

Mary 33
Mary 12 T/F to single women
Ellen 10
James 9
Catherine 6

Topliss

Mr H

Derby

Carpenter

Mrs

Torrenna

Mr W

Lanark

Bricklayer

Mrs
3 children

Trail

George

32

Aberdeen

Farm Labourer

Elizabeth 31
Jane 9
George 4
Alexander 3
Elizabeth 1

Traquair

Mr E

Cambridgeshire

Mason

Mrs

Watson

Mr G

Yorkshire

Shepherd

Mrs

Whittington

James

Gloucestershire

Farm Labourer

Mrs

Whittington

James Jnr

Gloucestershire

Farm Labourer

Mrs

Witts

Mr J

Gloucestershire

Farm Labourer

Mrs
6 children
Single Men

Ashworth

T

Staffordshire

Farm Labourer

G

Staffordshire

Farm Labourer

Barrett

J

Suffolk

Farm Labourer

Bell

M

Stirling

Farm Labourer

Boyce

W

County Down

Farm Labourer

J

County Down

Farm Labourer

Boyd

T H

Ayr

Farm Labourer

W

Ayr

Farm Labourer

H

Ayr

Carpenter

Bowman

T

Yorkshire

Farm Labourer

R

Yorkshire

Farm Labourer

Bright

W

Surrey

Farm Labourer

H

Surrey

Farm Labourer

Burghes

J

Edinburgh

Farm Labourer

Burrill

J

Yorkshire

Farm Labourer

Cunningham

P

Gloucestershire

Ploughman

Hadfield

W E

Denbigh

Weaver

Hughes

J

Down

Farm Labourer

R

County Down

Farm Labourer

Kerr

P

Antrim

Farm Labourer

Kier

T P

Forfar

Farm Labourer

A

Forfar

Farm Labourer

J

Forfar

Farm Labourer

M'Farlane

J

Dumbarton

Shepherd

James

Dumbarton

Shepherd

Miller

W

Perth

Farm Labourer

M'Kenzie

K

Aberdeen

Shepherd

M'Leod

W F M

Stirlingshire

Blacksmith

Munro

J

Ross

Farm Labourer

Murphy

J

Tipperary

Carpenter

Murphy

T

Tipperary

Shoemaker

Parker

B

Yorkshire

Farm Labourer

R

Yorkshire

Farm Labourer

Parkers

J

Gloucestershire

Blacksmith

Robertson

J

Perth

Farm Labourer

Sarft

J

Hertfordshire

Farm Labourer

Searle

T

Hertfordshire

Farm Labourer

Slade

J

Middlesex

Farm Labourer

Slattery

E

Tipperary

Carpenter

Stevenson

J

Stirling

Farm Labourer

Thompson

R

Dumbarton

Shepherd

Whittington

T E

Gloucestershire

Farm Labourer

S

Gloucestershire

Farm Labourer

Single Women

Alison

E

Renfrew

Dairywoman

Appleton

M J

Hants

Domestic Servant

Borthwick

M

Lanark

Domestic Servant

Boyce

M

County Down

Domestic Servant

Boyd

A

Ayr

Dairywoman

Bright

S

Surrey

Dressmaker

Buchan

Margery 14

Fife

Domestic Servant

Busine

S A

Hants

Domestic Servant

Carnavan

M A

Middlesex

Domestic Servant

Cordon

M

Tipperary

Domestic Servant

Crawley

J

Middlesex

Domestic Servant

Crommie

M

County Down

Domestic Servant

Currie

F

Dumbarton

Dairywoman

Dardis

E

Westmeath

Nurse

Donelan

B

Galway

Domestic Servant

Duggan

C

Galway

Domestic Servant

Dunn

H

Galway

Domestic Servant

Fullerton

A

County Down

Dairywoman

M

County Down

Dairywoman

Goston

M

Dumbarton

Domestic Servant

Granville

C

Guernsey

Domestic Servant

Grey

A

Fermanagh

Domestic Servant

M

Fermanagh

Dressmaker

Margaret

Fermanagh

Dressmaker

E

Fermanagh

Governess

Hughes

J

County Down

Domestic Servant

C

County Down

Domestic Servant

Kerr

C

Antrim

Domestic Servant

L

Antrim

Domestic Servant

J

Forfar

Dairywoman

Lucas

G

Glamorgan

Farm Labourer

M'Farlane

J

Dumbarton

Domestic Servant

M'Leod

H

Stirling

Domestic Servant

Napier

A

Cumberland

Dairywoman

M

Cumberland

Dairywoman

Palmer

E

Middlesex

Domestic Servant

E

Middlesex

Governess

Robertson

J

Perth

Domestic Servant

A

Perth

Domestic Servant

M

Perth

Domestic Servant

Margaret

Perth

Domestic Servant

Schwood

F

Lanark

Nurse

Slade

H

Middlesex

Domestic Servant

Stevenson

B

Stirling

Domestic Servant

Thorndon

Mary 12

Linlithgow

Domestic Servant

Turner

A

Norfolk

Nurse

Webster

B

Linlithgow

Domestic Servant

Whittington

A

Gloucestershire

Domestic Servant

                                   
John MILNE
John Miln (the correct spelling) was returning to NZ after a two year trip to Scotland to settle his father's estate. He originally came out in 1846. Sixteen of his fellow passengers were there because of him. His wife, nee Robertson, and their three children, the youngest of whom was born in Scotland; the Milne servant is thought to have been Mrs Miln's sister Jean Robertson; the five younger Robertsons were part of her large extended family. Thomas Thornton and his family was a friend of Miln's sister, Catherine, who at the time was a minister's wife back in Scotland, but who had originally been on one of the first four ships. She and her husband eventually returned to NZ to retire. Fifteen years after this voyage Miln married Thornton's second daughter Helen and after her death married her sister Catherine. All three of John Miln's wives were aboard the Mermaid on this voyage. If you have a connection with this family or would like to know more please contact Jay Hurles.
                                   

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Reference:
Lyttelton Times February 18th 1864