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GANANOQUE


The GANANOQUE departed Gravesend on 7 July, 1861 and arrived in Auckland on 18 October, 1861 after a
voyage of 101 days. Captain W T Nixon was in command.





The Southern Cross, Tuesday 22nd October 1861
 
The ship ‘Gananoque’, Captain Nixon, arrived here on Friday, after a run of 101 days from the Downs. She left Gravesend on July 7th, and the Downs on the 9th. The north-east trades were light, and ceased as far north as the 15th degree of latitude. North of the equator the ‘Gananoque’ sighted Palma; kept a course inside the Cape de Verde islands; and crossed the equator on August 12th in 20 west longitude. The wind fell off for about sixteen days after the north-east trade wind was lost, when little progress was made. The south-east trade wind was light, and carried the ship to 30 south latitude and 31 west longitude. Passed the meridian of the Cape of Good Hope in latitude 43 9' south, on September 6th; and ran down the easting, with steady breezes, about the parallel of 44 south.
On September 24th encountered a severe gale from the north-west to south-west, which lasted for four days. The sea broke over the port quarter of the ship with great fury, and washed away the poop rails and fowl coops, stove in the quarter and long boats, smashed the stern cabin windows and skylights, also the windows in the poop awning. The after cabins were flooded. The south cape of Tasmania was sighted on the 6th inst. And the coast of Van Diemen’s Land was run down to Cape Pillar. The next land sighted was the north cape of New Zealand , at 3.30 on the 16th inst.
 
There were two deaths on board, and one birth. On September 15th, Mr Lavell Johns, third officer, was knocked overboard by the main-top-mast studding sail sheet. The ship was running at the rate of about 12 knots, with a rough sea, and though a life buoy and ropes were thrown to him the poor fellow perished.
 
On September 29th, Jas Houston, steerage passenger, fell dead on deck. A post mortem examination showed the cause of death to have been disease of the heart. This young man had not been complaining on board. He was 27 years of age.
 
Among the passengers are our respected fellow citizen, Mr D. Nathan and his family.
 
The following is a list of her passengers: (103)
 
(Note: For easy reference, this list has been tabulated in alphabetical order, which is not as it appeared in the newspaper. The Auckland Library Research Centre has advised that these newspaper passenger lists were not necessarily complete).

 

PASSENGERS ON THE GANANOQUE, LONDON TO AUCKLAND 1861, ARRIVED 18 OCT 1861
 
Boyle
Thos. (punctuation suggests travel with 2nd John Ryan)
Bruce
Robert, Janet and Jessie
Bryce
Wm. and Elizabeth
Buchanan
John, Margaret R., Jane and Andrew
Buchanan
Edward, Elizabeth, Elizabeth, Ann, James, Edward, and John
Butcher
W
Chamberlin
George
Clark
Jos.
Coote
Miss
Crow
Thos
Devine
W. and Nicholas
Eaton
Frederick
Edmiston
James, Catherine, Henry, and Jessie
Fenton
John, Kate, and Sarah
Ferguson
Alexander
Fitzgerald
Martin (punctuation suggests travel with Walton W)
Galbraith
David
Gruther
Robt. M.
Hall
Mary
Hall
Thos
Hamilton
James
Hardwood
Isabella
Hart
Mr
Hay
John
Horner
G
Hustwick
Chas
Leslie
W
Lloyd
Thos., Mrs., Lieut. Wm., and Chas.
Lodge
William F., Mrs., Elena, Kate, George, Francis, and Jane
McAlister
Patrick, Agnes, Patrick, Wm. B, Bethia D., Ellen P., Mary Ann, and Jessie
McKay
Wm.
McNeil
Robt.
Moylan
Patrick and Mary
Nathan
David, Mrs., Miss S., Miss E., and Mr Laurence
Nathan
Lewis
Newman
Dennis and Mary
North
Chas.,M
Potts
John
Rome
George
Ryan
John (1)
Ryan
John (2) (punctuation suggests travel with Boyle T)
Sinclair
Catherine
Smellie
Agnes R.
Somerville
David, Christiana, Jeanie, and Henry
Stack
Lieut.
Stevens
Andrew
Stickbury
Jas.
Stokes
Robt. Y. and Margaret
Swift
John and Mary
Tait
Alex.
Thompson
Robt.
Walton
Wm. (punctuation suggests travel with Fitzgerald M)
Watkins
F.
Watts
Thos.
Wells
Abraham
Wintle
Alfred
Wylie
W.
Young
Robt. H.

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