Waitangi  - London to Lyttelton in 1879 with Immigrants


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The Star Thursday Sept. 25 1879

Shipping Lyttelton Arrived
Sept. 24 - Crusader, ship, 1058 tons, Davies, from London. Edwards, Bennett and Co. agents. Passengers - Saloon - listed. 12 second cabin and 163 steerage.

Up to dark last night there was no sign of the Waitangi. This ship left London five days after the Crusader, with 240 passengers and a large and valuable cargo. She was seen by the Crusader on Sunday off the Otago Coast, and was spoken the same day by the Mataura. The bad weather of Monday last probably induced Captain Hodder to give the coast a wide berth. She should show up on the course of the day.

The Star Thursday Sept. 25 1879

Sept. 25 - Waitangi, ship, 1128 tons, Hodder, from London. New Zealand Shipping Company, agents. The Waitangi was towed inside the breakwater at once. Saloon passengers listed. [Spelling differs slightly from the Timaru Herald]

The Timaru Herald Saturday 27 September 1879 page 2
Timaru Herald, 8 October 1879, Page 7

Arrival of the Waitangi at Lyttelton (Sept. 29, Press, Friday)
In excellent time, and in beautiful order, this favorite representative of the New Zealand Shipping Company's fleet, came into port yesterday afternoon from London. 236 passengers, first, second, and third, embarked by her, and after a voyage of eighty-three days from the Channel, and eighty-nine from Gravesend, the full complement landed on the pier yesterday apparently in as good health as they could wish to be. Neither increase nor decrease in their numbers occurred during the passage, no sickness other than the mal-de-mer, and no accident of a serious character happened from departure to arrival. As the vessel was being towed up the harbor and into the bay the Shipping Company, together with a number of Captain Hodder's personal friends, boarded her, the health officer, Dr. J.T. Rouse, having previously made his official visit. Mr J.E. March also made an official visit. Mr March offered those passengers who chose to avail themselves of the opportunity to make the Barracks their home temporarily until they were avail to find suitable houses, which offer was very gladly received. A turn round through the 'tween decks among the second and third class passengers, gave ample opportunity for ascertaining what kind of discipline had obtained. The inevitable chronic complainer was of course a specialty among so large a number, and would rally round him no doubt one or two admirers, but the body of the passengers made a pleasure trip of the voyage and had a good word for everything and everybody around them. Two incidents had enough sensational in them to cause them to be remembered happened on the road. One of these was that a seaman falling from aloft down upon the upper deck, an accident out of which he came with nothing worse than a heavy shake, and from which he recovered after a day's rest or so; the other was the attempt made by two of the crew, one of the under steward's and the assistant baker of the ship, to rob the lazarette at midnight. When the men were discovered by Captain Hodder, they were found to have the candle stuck directly on top of the powder magazine. Mr Mackintosh Collie, a young man making his first voyage, was the surgeon in charge, and seems to have gained the good opinion of the passengers.

The classification of the passengers was-
twenty-five saloon
twenty-four in the second cabin
one hundred and eighty six steerage
The latter have paid their own passages, and from what was seen of them they appear to be a class that will do well in the land of their adoption.

Following is account of the sailing done:-
The Waitangi left the South West India Dock on the morning of the 26th of June, and brought up at Greenhithe to swing for adjustment of compasses. Proceeded to Gravesend the same day and embarked her passengers that evening. Passed the Government inspection the next day and towed away from Gravesend at 2 a.m. on the 28th. Towed as far as the Isle of Wright against fresh westerly winds; cast off the tug at 10 a.m. of the 29th. Cleared the Channel on Friday, July 4th, sighting the Lizards at 4 a.m. Favorable weather but unsteady winds were then experienced as far as the Cape, which was passed on August 20th, in lat. 41 South. The Leuwin was passed on September 10th, Tasmanian on the 16th, after which dirty weather prevailed. The worst weather during the whole voyage was experienced between Tasmanian and the coast, no observation being taken for six days. The Snares were passed at midday of the 21st September. Sighting the coast early in the morning of the 23rd. Light winds and calms thence to anchorage.

The vessels spoken during the passage were:-
July 17th lat. 16.20 N., 25.59 W., the Helen Pembroke from London to Calcutta, 22 days out
August 23, lat. 45.53 S., long.25.41 E., the ship Gateside, from London to Adelaide, 69 days out
September 21 ult, lat. 48..33 long. 168.33 E, barque Mataura, from London to Otago, 86 days out

Of the officers of the Waitangi, two remain in the positions they held when last here, Mr Barnes, chief, and Mr Hannon third. Mr Metcalf is second officer. The ship was brought in direct from the sea by steamtug, which never parted from her until the Waitangi was snugly berthed at the Gladstone Pier. The passengers will land finally this morning, the fifty or sixty of them whose destinations are in different parts north and south in the colony, proceeding thither by first opportunity. The ship will be entered at the Customs this morning and commence at once to land her cargo. 

The following is her passenger list:-
Saloon- 25
Bidmead		Miss
Browne 		Mr C.R.B.
Houlder 	Mr T.E., jun
Homan 		Mr
Jones 		Rev. J.J.
Jones 		Mrs
Murray 		Mr W.M.
Rait 		Mr
Robson 		Mrs
Rutherford 	Mr
Rutherford 	Mrs
Rutherford 	Katherine
Rutherford 	William S
Rutherford 	John S
Rutherford 	Jane
Rutherford 	Ellen M
Rutherford 	Jennett
Rutherford 	Georgina
Rutherford 	Rosina
Rutherford 	James B
Rutherford 	Annie E
Sayers 		Miss Alice
Tulloch 	Mr
Wilberfoss 	Mr
Wyllie 		Mr
Second cabin - 24
Badger 		Thomas
Booker 		Mr
Britten 	Mary
Curle 		Eleanor
Dawes 		Jane
Dawes 		John S
Farr 		Herbert F
Farr 		Henry P
Garforth 	Charles
Garforth 	Sydney
Honeywood 	Cecil R
Leigh 		Amelia
Leigh 		Elizabeth
McAllum 	Frederick
Martin 		T F
Rushby 		John
Spence 		G W
Spratt 		Sydney J
Spratt 		Walter J
Steele 		Miss A
Thompson 	Edmund
Wilkinson 	Edward
Wilkinson 	Harriet
Wilkinson 	Ada L
Steerage -187
Alesbrook 	George
Allsebrook 	Richard
Anderson 	Joseph
Ashley 		William
Ashley 		David
Asplen 		Mary
Baxter 		John
Benson 		George
Best 		Benjamin
Best 		Jane A
Best 		Henry
Best 		John F
Best 		William E
Bill 		W
Bond 		Hector
Brierly 	Thomas E
Boulby 		Robert
Bull 		John
Bunning 	Edward
Bunning 	Eliza
Burns 		Herbert
Burns 		James
Burns 		Elizabeth
Burns 		Frederick
Burns  		Herbert
Caldwell 	John L
Carr 		William E
Carr 		W J
Cashman 	Daniel
Cashman 	Ellen
Cashman 	Timothy
Clever 		John
Clever		Eliza
Clever		Clement
Clever 		William
Coleman 	Luke
Cooksley 	George
Cronin 		Patrick
Cunningham 	Patrick
Curtis 		John
Curtis 		Joseph
Dalton 		Michael
Davis 		Thomas
Davis 		Ellen
Day 		James
Deacon 		William
Deacon		Samuel
Donald 		James
Dowthwaite 	Alfred
Dowthwaite 	Sarah
Duggin 		Michael 
Ede 		Joseph
Edmonds		Edwin
Edmonds 	Thomas
Edmonds 	Sarah
Edmonds 	Jane
Elwood 		John
Elwood 		Margaret
Elwood 		Edward
Elwood 		Thomas
Elwood 		Arthur
Elwood 		Joseph
Elwood 		Ernest
Espiner 	Paul E
Evans 		Alfred
Evans 		Sarah
Fenton 		Thomas
Fleming 	Richard
Fortune 	James
Franklin 	Alfred
Garrett 	Ernest S
Garrett 	Henry S
Gilbanks 	George
Goldstone 	Charles
Goldstone 	Florence
Griffin 	Martha
Griffin 	Eliza
Griffin 	Martha
Groves 		William
Groves 		Esther
Gunderson 	Herbert
Hallewell 	Israel
Harley 		George
Harris 		Charles
Harrison 	Dorothy
Hatcliffe 	William
Hayes 		James
Heatley 	John
Hendry 		John J
Henry 		David
Henry 		Jane
Herd 		Joseph
Heseltine 	Anthony
Hill 		Samuel D
Hobson 		John C
Hobson		Susannah
Holland 	James
Hopkins 	Thomas
Hopkins 	Emily
Hosie 		William 
Hosie 		Jane
Houghton 	Charles E
Hutt 		Alfred
Irvine 		Eliza
Irvine 		Eliza
Jennings 	Emma
Jennings 	Herbert
Jennings 	Louisa
Jones 		Sydney
Keeley 		George
Keeley 		Ellen A
Keeley 		May
King 		Job
Kipage 		Robert
Kore 		William
Lahn 		H
Laing 		George
Lloyd 		George
Lynch 		Thomas
McFall 		Thomas
McFall 		Elizabeth
McGowen 	Edward
Matthews 	R
Michael 	George
Mitchell 	Alexander
Moore 		Thomas
Moore 		Julia
Morris 		Isaac
Morris 		M A
Morris		Sydney
Morris		Frederick
Morris		Augusta
Morris		Isaac
Morris 		Arthur
Morris 		Dudley
Morris 		Robert
Morris 		Ernest
Nolan 		James
O'Malley 	Rose
Pannell 	George
Parker 		Charles F
Roberts 	William E
Ross 		William
Rowland 	George E
Rowland 	Mary E
Rutherford 	George
Smith 		Henry 
Sayer 		William C
Shipton 	William
Smith 		Sydney
Smith 		Emma
Smith 		Kate
Smith		Ellen
Smith		Henry
Smith		Ruth
Smith 		Rose
Smith 		Frederick
Smith 		Arthur
Steele		Samuel
Smith 		Alfred
Smith 		Sarah
Smith 		Martha
Smith 		Fredrick W
Smith 		Arthur
Spekesley 	Thomas
Stringer	Charles R
Suttie 		William
Swain		Thomas
Swain		Amelia
Swain		Thomas
Swain		Sydney
Tennant 	James
Tennant 	Eliza
Tennant 	Alfred
Tennant 	Mary
Tierney 	Richard
Tiper 		George
Tiper 		Elizabeth
Tiper 		Willie
Whitcombe 	E
Whiting 	Charlotte
Wren 		Benjamin
Wren 		Juliana
Wren 		W A
Wren 		Matilda
Younger 	Richard
Younger 	Mary S


The 'Waitangi' arrived at Littleton on Sept 16, 1876. There is a report of its voyage/arrival in the Lyttelton Times of Sept. 18, 1876.
The Passenger List is available at Archives NZ in Wellington and Christchurch. The reference is IM15/266.
Commissioners Report on Ships - Waitangi 21/9/1876 IM5/4/24 No. 271.

The Star Monday, 18 September 1876
Ship Waitangi from London, left Gravesend at 2 a.m. on Saturday, June 24, and by 10 a.m. next day was off the Start Point, when she discharged her pilot. The Equator was crossed July 19, 25 days out from Gravesend, in long 25 W. The meridian of the Cape was passed on August 17th, in latitude 41.30 South The fine clipper Waitangi, was signalled at 3 p.m. from the south. and there was considerable speculation as to whether it would prove to be the Waitangi or the Merope. All doubts were set at rest when the New Zealand Shipping Company's house flag was hoisted at the signal staff, and the s.s Akaroa started for the vessel, having the Health and Immigration officers on board, together with Messrs J.L. Coster (Chairman of the Company), J. Gould (Secretary), S. Bevans, &c. besides a number of other gentlemen from Christchurch. The Heads were reached at 25 minutes past 5, the Waitangi then being almost inside. The Akaroa steamed around the ship, which presented an elegant appearance, and after the Health officers received the gratifying report of "all well on board," the steamer's company made their tour of inspection. The vessel was passed as clear at once, and the Akaroa steamed alongside her, and as the wind was then almost calm took her in tow. Captain Hodder reported that the passage had been made in 84 days from Gravesend to the Port, or 78 days to the Snares. The ship itself appeared in the most excellent order everywhere, and brings what appear to be a first-rate complement of immigrants, numbering some 337 souls, or 282 statute adults. The majority are Irish and nearly all domestic servants. the matron, Mrs Croft, spoke in high terms of the way in which they had conducted themselves during the passage. Coming to the married people's division the same order and cleanly appearance met the eye, showing that 46 families had taken good care of their part of the floating home. A large number of children (about 80) were in this compartment. Sickness had been a stranger among them. Mr W. Harvey, was storekeeper. This gentlemen appears to have won the esteem of all the passengers in which he had discharged his duties during the voyage. Four births occurred during the passage. the division of single men contained 82. The doctor has had a very easy time of it among them, as the worst of their trouble has amounted to nothing more than sea-sickness at the commencement of the voyage. The surgeon-superintendent, Dr Dawes, who is experienced in accompanying immigrants, having been with them twice to New Zealand - in the Dover Castle to Auckland, and the Halcione to Napier - characterises the whole of them as being a thoroughly suitable class of people for the Colonies in every way. The ship anchored at 7.15 p.m. The Waitangi brings a few saloon passengers and a large quantity of general cargo for this port.

Timaru Herald, 20 September 1876, Page 3
Immigrants - Six families (equal to 16 adults) 15 single men, and 15 single women, will arrive by the 6.10 p.m. train from Christchurch today. A number of them have friends here. They will be open for engagement on and after Friday.

Timaru Herald, 22 September 1876
The immigrants per Waitangi will be open for engagement at the Barracks on and after to-day. The adult males comprise 1 ploughman, 16 farm labourers, 1 shepherd and 1 engine driver; the female adults, 5 servants, 1 teacher, 1 dressmaker, 1 laundress, 3 dairymaids, 1 machinist, 1 cook, 1 housemaid and 1 nurse.

03 Jun 2003 Thomas Fowler passenger on the ship Waitangi 1876
The Thomas Fowler family were from West Halton in Northern Lincolnshire. His first wife died when the boys were very little and he married again not long before they left England for New Zealand. His second wife died in childbirth about five years after they arrived here, leaving him with a young girl, Lizzy, about two old, and a baby boy Harry. The older boys John, age 9, George, age 7, were in their teens by this stage. On the trip out in 1876 according to the Star newspaper account of the arrival in port of the Waitangi there were about eight children on the boat.  They came by land from Lyttelton to Timaru. He a farmer and he worked as a ploughman on farms around Timaru. The Thomas Fowler were the only members of the family who came from Lincolnshire and John was the only one to marry and have a family. He had seven sons (one died aged five) and three daughters.

The Waitangi, 1128 tons, was built in 1874 by J. Blumer & Co. of Sunderland for New Zealand Shipping Company.