EMPRESS - 1865 Auckland


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RESOURCES: NZ Herald 15 May 1865 "The Ship Empress from London",

NZ Herald May 13 1865, NZ Herald 16 May 1865


EMPRESS, 1313 tons, sailed from, Gravesend, London 3 February 1865; 

arrived at Auckland (Wharf), on 15 May 1865 (95 days)


Arrival of the Empress from London

The Clipper ship Empress, Captain Ellis, from London anchored in the Harbour

late last night.  She had been 98 days on her passage, having made the run

from land to land in 83 days.  All well on board, three deaths (children)

having occurred during the voyage, Owing to the late hour at which she

arrived we are compelled to hold over full details until tomorrow.

p14 Empress, Ship, Ellis, from London, Passengers list...


Captain E.P.Ellis master


Bostock,   Jas William, Harriet E., Robert Edward D & Edward

Brook,     Charles H.

Clarkson,  Ellen Elizabeth

Ellis,     Ellen 

Eyre,      Robert A. & Robert Dudley 

Graves,    Mary Ann 

Greig,     David 

Halliday,  Charles John 

Masterson, Henry 

Ridley,    Mr & Mrs 

Ripon,     Elizabeth Ann 

Ross,      Donald 

Saunders,  William. Hy. & Margaret 


Baird,     Thomas N. 

Barker,    John & William. Palm 

Batt,      William W. 

Bennett,   Emma, Marianne, Emma, John 

Bennett,   Thomas 

Brassington, George J. 

Brooking,  Samuel, Elizabeth & Samuel 

Fisher,    Robert 

Greig,     Oliver & Letitia 

Jones,     Ann & Amy Sarah 

Kinross,   Robert 

Lemrure,   Jane & Ann 

McCanelless, Emma 

McLintock, Elijah 

Norton,    Matilda 

Shillington, Henry 

Simons,    Amelia 

Stoddart,  Charlotte 

Taylor,    Thomas 

Vaughan,   Jas & Emily 

Wilson,    Ellen 

Wolfe,     Arthur E. 


Anderson,  George, Ellen W. & John George 

Barker,    William 

Bell,      Warwick, Caroline, Rhoda, Jessie, Clara, Anna, Louise, Frederick, 

           John, & Norman 

Colson,    William, Jane, Sophia, & Sarah Jane

Cook,      Samuel & Elizabeth 

Davidson,  Mary Ann & Rachel

Derrey,    Elias 

Dixon,     Mary

Eades,     Henry Jas

Forrest,   Daniel 

Fraser,    S.L.

Hall,      Henry 

Hudson,    Magdalen 

Huges,     William, Letitia, William, Henry, Caroline, Alonzo & Albert

Jones,     Joseph Henry & Hannah 

Jones,     Richard, Thomas & Richard 

Lewis,     George 

Luck,      Thomas 

McIndoe,   William, Ella & William James

McKeown,   Nicholas 

May,       Edward 

Miller,    George 

Phillips,  David 

Phillips,  Matthew, Sarah, John, Elizabeth & Emily 

Ridout,    Robert 

Russell,   William

Sach,      Edward 

Salmon,    John 

Smith,     William Henry 

Squires,   William 

Stevens,   Charles 

Stoddart,  William 

Taylor,    Charles, Arthur, Emily Matilda & Herbert Henry Taylor

Walton,    Joseph, Mary Ann & Joseph Lerrey 

Walton,    Thomas & Ruth 

Waterworth, William, Wm. 

Wright,    Henry 


Adam,      George, Ann & Isabella 

Anderson,  Archibald, Helen, Jessie, James & Jacobins 

Ashwell,   Edward & Joseph 

Atkin,     James, Ann, Agnes, Mary, Sophia, Anna & William 

Bassett,   Arthur 

Beatty,    Martha 

Bell,      Hugh 

Boyce,     George, Julie & Eliza Jane 

Boyd,      John, Margaret, Jeanie, Robert & Alexander 

Brady,     Lawrence 

Cain,      Henry 

Callaghan, Honora & Catherine 

Cardie,    Margaret 

Charnely,  Robert, Nicholas, John, Graham, James 

Cook,      George 

Corbatt,   Lucy & Sarah Jane 

Coulter,   Mary 

Cullivan,  Mary 

Dillon,    Ellen Jane 

Doran,     James 

Duffin,    Mary 

Dunn,      Charles 

Ebbett,    James 

Egan,      Francis 

Ellison,   Elizabeth 

Glasgow,   Robert, Ann, William, Samuel & Sarah 

Goodrum,   William 

Gray,      Hugh 

Halpin,    Thomas 

Hamilton,  James, Mary Jane, David, John & Sarah 

Haves,     Letitia 

Hickey,    Samuel, Nancy, Samuel, Nathaniel, James S. & Robert 

Higgins,   Mary 

Hills,     Jane 

Hogan,     Alice, Richard, Godfrey & Mary Ann 

Howard,    Lemuel 

Hunstan,   John 

Hutchinson, William, Helen, George, Jane, Isabella, Thomas, Helen & William 

Irone,     Thomas & William 

Keiffes,   Patrick 

Kelly,     Mary 

Kenny,     Richard & Judith 

Kerr,      Mary, Agnes, Elizabeth & Andrew 

Larkins,   Hugh 

Lewis,     Sarah, Sarah, Susannah, Eleanor, Eliza & Emma 

Long,      John & Margaret 

Mansfield, Hannah 

Marshall,  George 

McArd,     Micheal 

McConnisky, John A. 

McGunn,    Micheal & Margaret 

McNumee,   Anna 

McTurney,  Joseph 

Meeshaw,   Patrick & Mary 

Michael,   Samuel, Paul, Robert & Alexander 

Mooney,    William 

Moore,     Mary 

Morrison,  John & Louisa 

Murphy,    Honora, Catherine, John & Cornelina 

Murphy,    Jane 

Nareeney,  Grace & Cora 

O'Brien,   John 

O'Donnell, David & Frances 

O'Donnell, James & Bridget 

O'Meara,   Micheal, Catherine & Judith 

Osborne,   Thomas 

Porter,    Robert 

Rapson,    Frederick 

Reilly,    Patrick 

Sloan,     John Sloan

Squirrel,  George 

Taylor,    Mary 

Watson,    John James 

Westford,  Sarah 

Wright,    Samuel, Susan, William & Mary Ann 


The Ship Empress from London

Printed in the Herald 15 May 1865 

The splendid American Clipper Ship Empress, in command of Captain Ellis,

arrived in Harbour on Sunday night. In yesterdays issue we briefly 

announced her arrival, but owing to the late hour when she dropped anchor 

we were unable to give full report.

The following are the particulars of the voyage as kindly furnished us by

Captain Ellis;

The Empress quitted Gravesend on the 3rd February, landed the pilot on the

5th and took her final departure from the Lizard on the 8th February. She

crossed the Equator on the 3rd March, in 23* West, and was becalmed twelve

days in from 15* to 20* South. On the 2nd April passed the Meridian of the

Cape in 46* 28 S. and Desolation Island on the 11th of the same month, off

which the vessel encountered strong gales and heavy confused seas, which

caused her to roll and labour heavily for some days. When in longitude 163*

the vessel experienced heavy Northerly gales, and was compelled to take the

Southern route. The Snares were made on the 1st May only 81 days from home.

Experienced variables winds off the coast and was becalmed two days off the

East Cape, after which she encountered a heavy North-Westerly gale, and

arrived in Auckland at 11 pm on Sunday night, having taken pilot on board at

Rangitoto at 10.30pm. The Empress has accomplished the passage in 95 days

from the start, being the quickest made during the season. On her last trip

she made the passage here in 92 days. on which occasion it will be

remembered she brought the officers men of the Military Train.

The Empress brings a large cargo of general merchandise and nearly 300

passengers, a list of which we published our last. The greatest harmony

appear to have prevailed amongst the during the voyage, and from the

testimonials which appear else where, it will seem that the Captain, and

Chief Office won the esteem and goodwill of those placed under their charge.

Captain Ellis and Mr Drew The Chief Office, have now made two rapid voyages

in the Empress to this port, and we must congratulate them upon their


Testimonials To The Captain and Chief Officer Of The Empress....

We have the great pleasure in Publishing the following testimonials...

Dear Sir.... Our pleasant and prosperous voyage being now nearly ended, we

wish, ere we part from you and the good ship, to tender to you our

admiration of your nautical ability as a Commander, your courtesy as a

gentleman, and our gratitude for the anxiety you have always shown to afford

us every comfort, and render the voyage an agreeable one. We therefore, have

great pleasure in wishing you a safe and quick passage home, a happy reunion

with your wife and family, and every success in your future career. We beg

to subscribe ourselves your sincere well-wishes.

(Here follow the signatures, not printed in the paper)

To Captain E.P.Ellis, Ship Empress.....

Ship Empress May 13 1865

The undersigned passengers by the Ship Empress desire hereby to testify

their unanimous sense and appreciation of the thorough nautical capacity and

unfailing courtesy of manner displayed and maintained by the Chief Officer

Mr Drew, during a long and arduous voyage, and also to make some

acknowledgement of the able service rendered by him at all times in the

working of the Ship. That his preserving efforts and praise worthy conduct

may meet with success they merit, and that he may prosper in all his

undertakings in the earnest hope of his sincere well-wishes.

(Here follow the Signatures, not printed in the paper)

To R.R.Drew Esq.

Chief Officer, Ship Empress

Printed in the "Herald" Dated 16 May 1865


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