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ship FERNGLEN to Wellington & Nelson, April 1876

Journal by ngairedith

West Coast Times, 26 April 1876
The Immigrant Ship FERNGLEN, for Wellington, via Nelson, which sailed from London on the 23rd of January, is reported to have reached Nelson. There are 189 passengers. 75 immigrants for Westland, all of whom may be expected here in the course of a few day.

This vessel, which arrived at the outer anchorage on April 21st, was boarded by the Health Officer on the following morning and her passengers were landed on Sunday morning.
The Fernglen made an excellent passage of 83 days from land to land and what is of more consequence without having had any serious sickness on board. No death occurred during the voyage, but one birth increased the number of those she was to land.
On Friday soon after the ship dropped anchor one of her immigrants named Searle, who is in a state of unsound mind, whilst taking exercise on deck between two attendants, managed to escape them and immediately jumped overboard. The day was as unpleasant as it well could be and there was a heavy sea rolling up the Bay, consequently any attempt to save the unfortunate man was fraught with considerable risk, However, the occurrence was witnessed by Dr Haines, who immediately threw off his coat and jumped overboard after the poor fellow. He succeeded in catching hold of him and then swam with him to a life-buoy that had been thrown to their assistance. He got Searle on to the buoy and held him there till a boat rescued them.

The ship is a fine specimen of an immigrant vessel and the condition in which she arrived in port speaks well for those in command of her, she is built of iron and is of about 800 tons register; her 'tween decks are remarkably lofty, commodious and well ventilated and the arrangements for the accommodation of her passengers were such as to unsure cleanliness and comfort, a noteworthy feature being that her bunks were place, not as is customary along the sides of the ship, but in the centre, thus giving better ventilation. The vessel was built for the New Zealand Shipping company and is commanded by Captain Frazer and Dr Haines, late of H.M.S. Basilisk, is the medical officer. To this latter gentleman the following letter was sent by the immigrants just before their disembarkation:-
"Ship Fernglen, April 22, 1975" - To Dr Haines, B.A.G.D. - We, the immigrants on board the good ship Fernglen, think it our duty to give you our most sincere thanks for the heroic bravery shown in saving the life of Mr Searle, yesterday forenoon, hoping you may have long life and prosperity and happiness; and when you have run your course in this life, we trust that God will be as ready to rescue your soul and take it up to heaven to be at rest with Him, as you were in saving the life of our unfortunate friend Mr Searle. Accept our most heartfelt thanks and good wishes and we all give you our heart applause as well as three hearty cheers

The following is the list of passengers for Westland as furnished to us by Mr Learmonth, Immigration Office:-
John Andrews, farm labourer with wife and family of 2
H. M. Clark, carpenter with wife and family of 1
James Dobb, coal miner with wife and family of 2
William Griffiths, miner with wife and family of 4
William Hugo, coal miner with wife and family of 1
Mark Luckford, carpenter with wife and family of 4
John Matthews, labourer and wife
James Power, labourer and wife
John Roberts, coalminer with wife and family of 2

Robert & Joseph Clark, carpenter
Thomas Flynn, carpenter
Alex McGuire, carpenter
Michael O'Shea, carpenter
Charles L. Brown, navvie
Edmond Bourke, farm labourer
M. Coghlan, shepherd
Elisha Ellis, labourer
Pat Flemming, farm labourer
Edward Gamble, tinman
Francis Goodrich, miner
Patrick Kenny, labourer
Alex McClelland, joiner
Joseph & Peter Massey, colliers
J. Morrisey, gardener
Francis Stevens, brickmaker
Henry Smith, brickmaker
Mark Turner, miner
John Rotherhan, farm labourer
Charles Shepherd, farm labourer
John Davis, agricultural mechanic
James Williamson, farm labourer

Adelaide Matthews, nurse
Honoria Gamble, dairymaid
Catherine Doyle, dairymaid
Mary Dunn, barmaid
Bridget Gannon, barmaid
Julia Kenny, servant.

Nominated immigrants
Timothy Barrett, labourer
John W. Liddle, shipwright
Michael Cuddy, coal porter with wife and family of 2
Mercy E. Mondy, cook
Mary Barry, servant
Mary Danahar, servant

Males over fifteen summarised:
From England 21; Ireland 11; Scotland 2; Wales 1 and America 1.
Of the females over fifteen years 8 are from Ireland and 1 from England.

Nelson Evening Mail, 27 April 1876
The "Murray" sailed for West Coast ports this afternoon with 70 immigrants ex Fernglen
The "Lyttelton" leaves for Blenheim at 2p.m. to-morrow with 62 immigrants ex Fernglen

taken about 1878

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