The ST. VINCENT departed Glasgow on 10 December, 1864 and arrived at Port Chalmers on 22 March, 1865. Captain Morrison was in command.
Transcribed from the Otago Daily Times, 23 March 1865, Page 4
Per St Vincent, from Glasgow: Messrs John Johnston, W. Murdoch, John McNeill, Alex. Russell, 102 in steerage.
The ship St Vincent, already reported as having arrived at the Heads, reached port early in the morning, and on Friday all those of her passengers who have not already landed will be conveyed ashore, there detention for a day being due to the circumstance of Thursday being observed as a holiday at the Custom House. The passengers arrive in good health and spirits, with only one death, that of a child, during the passage, and with an addition of two to the number shipped. On arrival they presented to Captain Morrison and Dr McKellar highly complimentary addresses, in which they report very favorably as to their treatment during the passage. Capt. Morrison is the gentleman who succeded Capt. Orkney in command of the ship Cheviot, and the surgeon of the vessel was, on her last voyage, surgeon of the ship Robert Henderson, now in this port. The child who died, was John Binney, aged two years, convulsions being the cause of death. The births were Mrs Hayes of a daughter, and Mrs Fairbairn of a daughter. The St Vincent, which is a large ship of the superior class usually despatched to this Colony by Messrs Potter, Wilson and Co., left Lamlash on December 10th. On the day after departure, she encountered a very heavy gale, and subsequently sighted a quantity of wreck, including deck-house doors, Venetian blinds, and what was apparently passengers' luggage. She continued to have a succession of gales to 23deg N., and did not benefit by the N.E. trades, until reaching 20deg N. Crossed the equator on January the 18th in 27deg W., passed Tristan D'Acunha on February 3rd., rounded the Cape on 11th February, in 42deg 8min S., passed the Crozet's, in lat. 45deg S., with light weather and fogs, running down her easting generally in 45deg S. On the 19th inst. she experienced a very heavy gale, shipping a good deal of water, but losing nothing; on the 20th, sighted the Snares; and on the 21st, took her pilot on board at Otago Heads. The St Vincent is the last of Messrs Potter, Wilson and Co's contract for the conveyance of passengers to Otago, and it is satisfactory that, in her case, the contract is very satisfactorily completed.
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