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THE MYSTERY

 

 

The MYSTERY departed London on 18th October, 1861 and arrived in Lyttelton on 7th January, 1862, with Captain H Stapp in command.

 

 

Transcribed from the "Lyttelton Times" for Wednesday, 8 January, 1862.

 

 

 

The above ship, with immigrants, arrived yesterday afternoon, having made a remarkably quick passage. She sighted the coast of New Zealand in 79 days from the date of her departure from England, and entered Lyttelton on the 80th, making one of the smartest passages yet recorded from London to Lyttelton. She landed a portion of the Government immigrants yesterday, all ofwhom are in good health. Itwill be remembered that the Mystery visited this port about two years and a half ago, with immigrants. Captain Matthews, who then commanded her, has since died at Hong Kong. Her present commander, who was then chief officer, must be congra­tulated on the success of his first voyage. The Surgeon Superintendent has also visited this port before in the same capacity on board the Westminster. The deaths of two infants are recorded.

 

The following account of the voyage has been handed us by one of the passengers:- The ship Mystery, 1074 tons register, 1800 tons burthen, H.Stap, master, left Gravesend on the 19th October, with 280 passengers, and on the 21st the pilot left her off the Start; on the 24th and 25th she was becalmed, still on soundings; she entered the tropics on the 4th November, and on the 6th passed the Island of San Antonio. On the 9th spoke an American whaler, receiving oranges and bananas in exchange for newspapers; the mate took charge of a mail for England, which would be forwarded by first ship. On the 15th November 17 ships were in sight in the morning, in long. 27 ° 13’ and in the course of the day all but one tacked and stood to the eastward; the wind being S.S.W. Captain Stap held on the westerly course and on the 17th crossed the line about 11 a.m. in 32° 28’. The following day the ship was visited by Neptune and Amphitrite, and seven sailors who had not before crossed the line were duly shaved. Throughout the week the ship held on at an average speed of 10 knots, crossing the tropic on the evening of November 23, and the meridian of the Cape of Good Hope the 8th December; passing the Snares at eight a.m. on the 4th January, 74½ days from leaving land, having traversed 14,760 miles in that time, making the average rate of 8¾ knots. On the coast of New Zealand, calms and contrary winds checked her way, but she dropped anchor off Lyttelton, on 7th January, at two p.m. Only 2 deaths occurred on the voyage, both infants, one in the chief cabin, and the other among the emigrants. The weather was generally fine, but very cold from the Cape to N. Z.; winds moderate, but on New Year's day it blew a gale, and a heavy sea pooping the ship, carried both life boats away.

 

 

The following is a list of Provincial Government immigrants:-

 

 

Married Couples


HORGAN John & wife Queen's County Farm labourer




NEILL Robert & wife Armagh Farm labourer




CARTER John, wife and 5 children
Armagh Farm labourer




STEVENSON James & wife Armagh Farm labourer




MCCULLOUGH
Thomas, wife and 3 children
Antrim
Labourer




BOWIS William, wife and 4 children
Stirlingshire Ploughman




OSBURN George, wife and 3 children
Yorkshire Farm labourer




RATTRAY David, wife and 7 children
Stirlingshire Ploughman




MCCLURE David, wife and 2 children
County Down Farm labourer




MILLIGAN Hugh, wife and 2 children
Antrim Labourer




COOKE George, wife and 3 children
Armagh Farm labourer




THOMPSON Thomas & wife County Down Farm labourer




MASON Henry & wife Kent Carpenter




WALKER John, wife and 3 children
Kent Wheelwright




WALKER Richard & wife Bucks Labourer




BRADBURY William & wife Derbyshire Farm labourer




POPE George, wife and child
Yorkshire Farm labourer




SOMERSET Hugh, wife and 2 children
Antrim Farm labourer




PHILLIPS John, wife and 5 children
Essex Labourer




VOGILER Johann, wife and child
Hanover Labourer




BRYON Johnson, wife and 5 children
Yorkshire Farm labourer




MORGAN Edwin & wife Monmouthshire Farm labourer




CHERRY Thomas, wife and 2 children
Bedfordshire
Labourer




MITCHELL Samuel R & wife Forfarshire Labourer




WOOLDRIDGE Henry & wife Dorsetshire Domestic servant




BRUNHOHN Heinrich, wife and child
Hanover labourer




MCLENNARD Donald & wife Cromartyshire Shepherd




DAWSON James, wife and child
Aberdeenshire Farm labourer




DONALD James, wife and 2 children
Aberdeenshire Farm labourer




CRUMP John, wife and 6 children
Gloucestershire Farm labourer




THOMPSON Peter & wife Denmark Labourer




JOBLIN George, wife and 6 children
Hants Farm labourer




FAIRCLOUGH George, wife and 2 children
Hants Farm labourer




CALDWELL John & wife Wigtonshire Joiner








Single Men






CARTER George Armagh Farm labourer




MCLEMGAIN David County Down Farm labourer




SOMERSET William James Antrim Farm labourer




CHERRY James Bedfordshire Labourer




MEHRTENS Johann Hanover Labourer




MANKE Herman Hanover Labourer




MADOLE Thomas Armagh Farm labourer




CRUMP John
Gloucestershire

Paul
Gloucestershire





ADAMS James
County Down Farm labourer

William
County Down
Farm labourer




FITZGERALD Michael County Cork Farm labourer




AHURN John County Cork Labourer




WALLER John W Sheffield Labourer




WATKINS Edwin Gloucestershire Labourer




SHAW Hanse County Down Farm labourer




HEINMAUN Friedrich Hanover Farm labourer

Hennan Hanover
Farm labourer

Heinrich Hanover
Farm labourer




RANKIN George Lanarkshire Joiner




TAYLOR William John County Down Farm labourer




BOROWS William Ayrshire Farm labourer




LAMON Thomas County Down Farm labourer




RICHARDS Simon Monmouthshire Farm labourer




ASHWORTH Abraham Lancashire Farm labourer




BALLAGH Samuel Ayrshire Farm labourer




BALLAGH Henry Aryshire Ploughman




ARDING Frederick Middlesex Cooper




TRUMBLE Marcus E Antrim Labourer




MCKINSTRY John County Down Ploughman




FOX James Norfolk Labourer




CLARK Philip Suffolk Farm labourer




BISHOP George Sussex Schoolmaster




KENNEDY John Middlesex Labourer




DILLON Edward Queen's County Farm labourer




MCCLURE Hanse County Down Farm labourer




TOON Sherard Leicestershire Farm labourer




MCCULLY Edward Armagh farm labourer




WILLIAMS  George S Cornwell Farm labourer




JOBLIN Henry Hants Farm labourer

Edward Hants
Farm labourer

Edgar Hants
Farm labourer




WEBSTER Alexander Forfarshire Blacksmith




CASTLING John William Yorkshire Farm labourer




REYNOLDS James Hants Farm labourer




FYFE David Forfarshire Farm labourer




COMPTON William Wigton Gardener








Single Women






CARTER Mary Armagh Domestic servants

Jane





RATTRAY Mary Sterlingshire Dairymaid

Christianna Sterkingshire
Dairymaid




LYNN Martha Armagh Farm labourer




COUCHEY Annabella County Down Needlewoman




FLINT Emma Yorkshire Needlewoman




CRUMP Phoebe Gloucester Dairymaid




ADAMS Jane County Down Domestic servant




KENNEDY Mary Middlesex Domestic servant




HANNON Theresa Middlesex Domestic servant




PEARSON Mary Jane and 2 children
Durham




HUMPHRIES Mary and 4 children
County Down




PHELAN Bridget Queen's County Domestic servant




BAKER Hannah Middlesex Domestic servant




HART Jane Middlesex Dressmaker




PAYNE Maria and 5 children
Middlesex Laundress




HOULIHAN Mary Limerick




KIEFFE Ann Limerick




BYMOW Elizabeth Middlesex Domestic servant




BOWRIS Elizabeth Sterlingshire




LAWSON Elizabeth Lanarkshire Domestic servant

Annie Lanarkshire
Domestic servant




HART Mary Jane Lanarkshire Domestic servant




JOBLIN Jane and 4 children
Hants Domestic servant




LAUNDER Emily Cornwell Domestic servant




EDWARDS Isabella and child
Wilts Dairymaid








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