The STRATHALLAN departed London on 30 August, 1865 and arrived in Napier on 17 December, 1865, with Captain I Paddle in command.


Transcribed from the Hawke's Bay Herald, 19 December 1865, Page 2



The clipper ship Strathallan, Captain Paddle, arrived on Sunday at noon, after a somewhat lengthy passage of 109, days from Gravesend, owing to fine weather and calms experienced, off the passage. The Strathallan, left Gravesend on the 30th August, and passed the Scilly Islands on 6th Sept. After leaving the channel experienced a long continuance of light winds and calms; the weather exceedingly fine, and nor-east trades of very short duration. Passed Madeira on the 20th, and, on the 28th, in lat. 12 deg. north, lost the nor-east trades. Had a tedious voyage thence to the equator, having had long continued calms and light southerly airs, with occasional, very severe squalls, as well as heavy thunder, vivid lightning, and torrents of rain. The passage to the equator occupied, from these causes, 43˝ days; two voyages ago the ship ran the same distance in 22. However, Capt. Paddle had the satisfaction of knowing that his was not the only ship that had been unfortunate in weather. In lat. 3° north signalled the Boston clipper Chariot of Fame, which left two days before the Strathallan, as well as other ships, long out. Got the S.E. trades on the equator, hanging to southward and lost them in the tropic of Capricorn, long, 83° 20 W. Crossed the meridian of the Cape of Good Hope on the 5th Nov., in lat. 41° 10 south. In running down the easting, experienced several very heavy snow squalls, the weather exceedingly cold. On the 13th, in lat. 44° 50 south, long. 54° 30 east, the water was much discolored alongside all day. On the 15th, passed within 145 miles of Kerguelen Land, from which time sea weed was seen almost every day till arrival here. On, the 30th rounded Tasmania to the southward; and, on the 6th December at daylight, sighted the Snares. From the Snares to Banks' Peninsula, the ship had a dead beat against strong N.E, winds, frequently blowing a gale. On the 7th, was off the south end of Stewart's Island; on the 8th was off Nugget Point, Middle Island; and on the 9th, was beating up the coast. On the 10th, at noon, was abreast of Cook's Saddle Mountain, and had a splendid view of the land and city of Dunedin as the ship stood close in shore. Tacked off; and, after fetching round Cape Saunders, at 2.30 p.m. passed Otago harbour, and exchanged numbers with the Rangatira, coming out of the harbour and steering N.E. [Strange enough, the Captain of the Rangatira does not seem to have thought it necessary to report the occurrence.] At 9 p.m. tacked close to Jones' Head and saw Tairoa Head light bearing S. ˝ W., distant 18 miles. 11th, wind still N.E., and ship beating to windward. On the 12th at 6 p.m., stood within eight miles of Timaru and sounded in 11 fathoms—a brig lying at anchor there. On the 13th, at 7 p.m., Banks' Peninsula bearing N. by W 1/2., distant 20 miles, a squall came off the land from S.W., with hail, thunder, and lightning— the-first fair wind for some time, Unfortunately it only continued six hours, after which the ship had again to work up the coast against nor-easterly winds. Rounded Cape Kidnappers at noon on Sunday the 17th, and came up the bay with a strong nor-east breeze, sailing at the rate of 12 knots, and presenting a very fine sight. Fired a gun off the Bluff at 1 p.m., and dropped anchor soon after. The passage throughout, although long for a ship of the Strathallan's build and trim, has been a pleasant one, the weather having been exceedingly fine. The passengers have all been well during the passage, and were landed yesterday in good health, and well satisfied with the ship and their treatment on board.

The following ships were spoken during the passage:— Sept. 18, in lat. 36'30 N. and long. 18’40, the Cassimer Lequllea, bound from Bordeaux to Valparaiso, 10 days out; Sept. 30, in lat. 9N. and long. 27, the Colonel Lamb, bound from Rangoon for Liverpool; Oct. 9, lat. 2’50 N., long. 25’30, the Chariot of Fame, from Liverpool to Melbourne, 44 days out; Oct. 10, in lat. 1’21 N., long. 27’54, the Star of the Sea, bound for Cork; Oct. 12, in lat. 2’28 S., long. 30’6, Pembroke Castle, from Liverpool to Calcutta, 46 days out; Oct. 16, in lat. 14 S., long. 36’10, barque Sanderson, from Sunderland to Point de Galle; Nov. 8, in lat, 42’17 S., long. 31’12, ship Lincoln, from Plymouth to Adelaide.

The Strathallan has brought six saloon, four second cabin, and seventeen steerage passengers, most of the latter assisted by Government, viz.—

Saloon - Messrs. Lamplough, Bowser, Scott, Clay, Lye, Masters Lambert (2);

2nd cabin - Miss Milne, Miss Morrison; Miss Peacock, Mr. Drover;

Steerage - Mary Boddington, James Neagle, Ellen Neagle, Mary Keenan, Eliza McConnachie, Jane McConnachie. Catherine McLaughlin, James and Mary Macauly, George and Margaret McKay, William Higgins, Cornelius and Honora Dempsey, James Woodward, George White, William Phynn.

We have much pleasure in welcoming Captain Paddle back to Napier, and hope he will have a rapid discharge and quick despatch home.

We are sorry to learn that on the night of the ship's arrival, the third officer and two seamen made off with the life boat, with oars and sails; also with the ship's compass, taken from the binnacle, and a quantity of provisions.


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