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The KINNAIRD departed London on 9 November, 1861 and arrived in Auckland on 10 March, 1862, via Plymouth. Captain Sinclair was in command.


Transcribed from the Daily Southern Cross, Tuesday, 11 March 1862, Page 3.




The barque 'Kinnaird,' Captain Sinclair, from London, arrived at her anchorage off the Fawn at two o'clock, a.m., yesterday morning, after a run of 112 days from Plymouth. The 'Kinnaird' left Gravesend on the 11th November, and took her final departure from Plymouth, on Sunday, November 17th, meeting with light easterly winds for some time. On the 20th November, in latitude 48° 53' N., longitude 10° W., at eight p.m., passed close to an iron ship on fire. The masts were gone, the flames were issuing from holes in her sides, and she was burnt nearly to the water's edge. Encountered fresh south-west gales passing the Bay of Biscay and from thence experienced light variable winds and calms to Madeira, which was passed to the westward without being sighted. On December 9th, sighted St. Antonio, one of the Cape de Verde’s, at 4 p.m. On the sth December, in latitude 29° 11' N., 21° 3' W., fell in with the North East trades, which were light; and finally lost them in latitude 6° 11' N. Crossed the equator on the 19th December, in longitude 26° 22' W. On the 17th December, fell in with a light breeze from the S.E., in latitude 3° 8' N., which proved to be the South East trades, and which gradually freshened, carrying the barque to latitude 30° 8' south. The wind then hauled round to the east and north-east, fresh and steady. Passed close to Tristan d'Acunha, at night, of the 7th January and passed the meridian of the Cape of Good Hope, on the 15th January, in 41° 19' south, making a fine run thence to the south of Tasmania, which was fetched without sighting on the 17th February. The 'Kinnaird' run down her easting in 47° south. On the 9th February, in 47° 19' south, 108° 42' east, when out 82 days' spoke the ship 'Nourmahal' from London for Sydney, also out 82 days. From the South Cape of Van Dieman's Land, the wind was light and baffling, principally from the north-east, and it was not until the 5th March that the Three Kings were sighted, distant 14 miles. The North Cape was rounded the same evening. On the 7th March, the Poor Knights were visible; the next day, at 4 p.m., the Great Barrier bore S.E. South. On Sunday, the 9th, at 8 p.m., Tiri Tiri bore S.W, distant 12 or 14 miles and on Monday morning at 2 am. the 'Kinnaird' came to an anchor abreast of H.M.S. 'Fawn,' on account of the state of the tide. During the day, she was brought up opposite the wharf by the port master, Mr. Burgess, the 'Avalanche' meanwhile hauling out from the wharf to give her a berth. There was one birth on board, the wife of Dr. Hovell being delivered of a son. A steerage passenger named Goodacre, became insane during the voyage. On the 28th February, he locked the door of his berth, and charging a six-chambered revolver, and a single barrelled pistol, he declared he would shoot anyone who entered. He also threatened to blow up the ship in case of disturbance, and had 1lb. of gunpowder exposed in his berth, being at the same time in possession of a lighted lamp. Next morning the berth was entered and the instruments of destruction were removed. That evening he attempted to dash out the brains of the chief officer, with a block of wood; and since then the poor man has been strictly confined. Goodacre was a man of sober, habits on board, and was not unwell for some time after he came on board. Among the passengers was Mrs. Selwyn, wife of the Bishop of Now Zealand. The 'Kinnaird' was in a clean state, and reflects credit on her master and officers. This is her first voyage to Auckland she was chartered by Messrs. Shaw, Savill and Co. and, belongs to the same owners as the Avalanche now in port.



John, Fanny, John, Ann, Lydia, Celina, Robert, Charles, Hannah, and Frederick Houghton

Edward Rogers

Margaret, John, and George Linton

John, S. Louisa, Lucy, Louisa C. McLellan

Mrs. and Master Selwyn

Mr. and Mrs. Howell, and three children

W. G. Clark

V. V. Masefield



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