QUEEN OF BEAUTY
The QUEEN OF BEAUTY departed Gravesend on 6 May, 1863 and arrived in Auckland on 9 August, 1863. Captain Chapman was in command.
Transcribed from the ‘Daily Southern Cross’, for 31 August 1863, Page 9
'QUEEN OF BEAUTY,' FROM LONDON.
The ship 'Queen of Beauty,' 1,234 tons, Captain Chapman, came up to an anchor yesterday about mid day. On our reporter boarding the vessel, he was met by the captain, who at once expressed himself extremely sorry that the reporter should have received such un-courteous treatment the previous evening, and said that, having been up himself for the three previous nights, he had turned in early, leaving the deck in charge of the first mate, with instructions to allow no boats alongside, not expecting that a reporter would be off before morning. So far the mate was acting according to instructions, but he was not justified in using abusive language, and would be reprimanded for doing so. We were then furnished with the following particulars of the voyage. The 'Queen of Beauty' left Gravesend on the 6th May, and took her final departure from Start Point on the 9th; passed inside Madeira, in sight of the Canaries, and outside the cape de Verdes, - N. E. trades very light. Crossed the line on the 8th June, in long 26° 27' W., experiencing no detention by calms; passed the meridian of the Cape in lat. 42° 12'; running down the Easting between 44° and 45° S.; did not sight Tasmania, but made the first land on the New Zealand coast on the 7th August; sighting the Three Kings at 7 o'clock in the morning; on the run down the coast had the wind from the S.W.
Two deaths and one birth occurred during the passage. Mary Wilkings, aged 65, died off the Three Kings, of paralysis; she came on board in a weak state, and was quite unfit to undergo a sea voyage. The other death was a child, of congestion of the brain.
In lat. 22° 47' S., long. 36° 47' W., was boarded from the Confederate steamer 'Alabama,' by the second officer, who examined the papers, and after taking a glass of grog, went away. Previous to Captain Chapman rounding his ship to, the ‘Alabama' fired three shots, the last two with blank cartridge, to which no attention was paid, but the third sent a shot skipping across her bows, when it was thought advisable to heave to. It was about 7 o'clock in the evening, and the Captain describes the ‘Alabama' as a splendid looking craft, barque rigged; a model of naval architecture.
The 'Queen of Beauty,' brings the following passengers:—
BENTLEY, William A.
BENTLEY, John James
MOUNTSTEVENS, William P.
ROSSER, Fred E.
CLARK, Charles S.
WILSON, A. and L
WEIR, Jas, Margaret, F., and Janet
WYATT, Jane, Mary Ann, John, Elizabeth, Thomas, Mary Ann, and Joseph
CURTIS, John and Alfred
HEATH, William B.
LAVUS, George H
MITTALL, Elizabeth and Patty M.
NICHOLSON, Edith, Alfred, Maude, and Florence
BROWN, Thomas and Annie
PHILP, David, Helen, Margaret, James A., and Andrew B.
O'CALLAGHAN, W. P. G.
UTTLEY, George T.
JACKSON, Edward H., and James C.
BRUCE, George H. and Susannah
STROUD, Lewis A.
CRAKANTHORP, B H.
KEARY, Isaac and Mary
SUDLOW, George, Ann, and Robert
FARREL, James, William, Margaret Jane, and Robert
HAMILTON, James, Mrs, John, Jane, and John
SMARDON, Samuel T. and Anna R.
PICKSTON, Thomas, Mrs. and child
ROBINSON, James M.
DOWNES, Charles J
REILLY, Cornelius, Mary, John, and Ellen
GRANT, Henry H., Rebecca, and William F.
OLIVER, John G.
PHILLIPS, John, Hannah, Luscombe S., John, and Eveline
FRANKLIN, Richard, Isabella, Augusta, Amelia, John, and Mary
CARTER, Richard, Susan, John, Richard, Henry, Maria, William, Samuel, Joseph, Alfred, and Mary
KELLY, Andrew and Ellen
MCMINN, Elizabeth and Sarah
HORN, Daniel, Mary Ann, James, and H.
HOODLYS, Barnard and Agnes
HORN, Jeremiah, Margaret, Frederick, George W., and Elizabeth
PEARCE, Richard J. S., Richard J., Arthur, and Henry
MICKALLS, Robert, Susannah and infant
FRANKLIN, Ann, Margaret, and Thomas
SPENCER, Alexander and David
TULEY, John, Anne, Arthur, Margaret, Elizabeth, Jane, John, and Alexander
BRUNSKIEL, John, Elizabeth, Mary, and Sophia
REYNOLD, Wm. J. M.
O'BOYLE, Wm. Patrick
JOHNSTON, Thomas and Isabella
TAYLOR, Letitia, and Catharine
BYERS, Joseph, Mrs. and child
MCSPARRAN, William, Jane, John, and Mary
HALLY, Robert A.
GALLIE, Phillip and Elizabeth
We were shown a very handsome testimonial signed by the passengers, and presented, together with a very handsome gold pocket chronometer, to Captain Chapman, in acknowledgment of his universal kindness and attention to the passengers during the voyage.--- "Daily Southern Cross," August 11.
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