Captain: William Lacey
Surgeon Superintendent: Alexander McShane
Sailed London 27th April 1841 - arrived Wellington 8th September 1841, Nelson 5th November
The 347 ton Whitby was one of three vessels fitted out to carry out a survey for the new settlement at Nelson. Whitby and Will Watch departed London on Sunday afternoon, May 2nd 1841. A service had been held on board Will Watch and their passeg down the Thames was marked by a 21 gun salute. Arrow did not depart until May 21st but beat the other two ships to Port Nicholson. All three ships first arived at Port Nicholson until the question of the site of Nelson had been resolved. Whitby brought to New Zealand, Capain Arthur Wakefield R N (brother to Edward Gibbon Wakefield) along with 59 officals and labourers.
|Wakefield||Captain Arthur||42||NZC Agent for Nelson|
|Bell||Henry Angelo||Clerk. Died Nelson Mar 10 1842|
|Lairdet||Francis||43||NZC Agent New Plymouth|
|Torlesse||Charles||Improver Married Cathrine Wakefield, sister of E G Wakefield|
|Burnett||Richard||30||Gardener and Ag lab|
|Lodder||William||21||Gardener and Labourer|
|Palmer||William||19||Servant to Lairdet|
|Songer||William||29||Servant to Capt Wakefield|
|The story of John ATWOOD and Mary BARNES:
John Atwood and John Barnes arrived in New Zealand on board the ship Whitby, landing at Nelson in 1841. They were to be followed some time later by their wives and families on the brig Lloyds. Shortly after arriving, John Barnes, for some unknown reason, returned to England and, in London, Mrs Jane Atwood and her daughters, again for reasons unknown, did not embark on the Lloyds. The original passenger list shows their names crossed out but does not offer any solution to the mystery. On the arrival of the Lloyds at Nelson Mary Barnes could not for obvious reasons find her husband and Mr Atwood was equally frustrated in being able to find his wife and daughters. Having no reason not to, John and Mary paired up and together had a family of 10 children. In 1862 they filed an "Intention to Marry" but did not exchange their wedding vows. Mary died in 1867 and was buried as the "Beloved Wife of John Atwood". The following year John re-married a Mary Ann Gentry (nee Hatcher) who, with her husband Charles, had come to Nelson on board the Mariner in 1849. Many thanks for this wonderful story go to Jenny Kynman who is the great, great, great grandaughter of John and Mary.
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