The VISCOUNT SANDON departed Liverpool on 18 October, 1856 and arrived in Auckland on 13 February, 1857, with Captain Hughes in command.
Transcribed from the Daily Southern Cross, 17 February 1857, Page 2
The Viscount Sandon — the second ship dispatched to this port by that eminent firm, Messrs. James Baines &. Co of Liverpool, arrived in the course of Friday afternoon. She left the Mersey on the 18th October, and has therefore been 118 days on the passage. Like the Euphemus, and, indeed, all recent arrivals from England, this ship experienced no northeast trades, and had light and contrary winds to the northward of the equator, which she did not cross till the 30th Nov. - her forty-third day at sea. On the 20th December she passed in sight of Tristin D'Acunha. The run between the Euphemus and the Sandon must have been a very close one during the latter half of the voyage; for although the Sandon was five days behind the Euphemus in crossing the equator, she was just one day's sail astern when passing TristinD'Acunha — the same distance as between their arrival respectively at this port. The Sandon ran her easting in lat. 45° to 47° having generally, strong fair winds. From the 21st to the 25th January she encountered a heavy gale from N.W. to S.W..the barometer falling to nearly 28 degrees. On the 22nd, during the continuance of the gale, the ship was struck by a heavy sea which did considerable damage. The Sandon made the Three Kings at 8 a.m. on the 10th inst., sighting a whaler, and another abreast the North Cape the following day. She made her way down the coast with light airs from E. and S E. until Thursday (on which day at 6 p.m., she was abreast of Cape Brett) the wind shifted to N.W., bringing her rapidly into port. On the 17th November, to the northward of the equator, a melancholy event took place in the loss of George White, one of the ship's apprentices, a fine lad of about 15 years of age. The poor boy unfortunately fell overboard, the ship then going four or five knots, and although she was quickly rounded to, and a boat speedily afloat, every effort to save him proved unavailing. Capt. Hughes has sighted a large number of vessels during the voyage, but none connected with the colonies except the clipper ship Kent, on the 18th Dec, in lat. 35 S. and long. 15 W., from London to Melbourne, 36 days out. The Sandon brings very few passengers but a large cargo.
February 13 — Viscount Sandon, Captain Hughes, 510 tons, from Liverpool.
Geo. W. Clode
Mary A. McDonald
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