My gg grandparents, Samuel and Elizabeth Harris travelled to NZ in 1859 on the clipper ship the Tornado. This blog contains the story of that journey and the people on it, told mainly through the diaries of Alexander Campbell, Thomas Booth and a "Glasgow Emigrant" as well as other information I have stumbled over from time to time.
Friday, July 26, 2013
11 June 1859
The tug left us about mid-day of the 11th, off Holyhead.
Our Voyage to New Zealand Per the Tornado (by a Glasgow Emigrant) Glasgow Herald December 19, 1859
June 11. Steam tugs both left us, the last one at noon after having exchanged cheers.
Campbell, Alexander. Letters and papers, 1859 - 1870. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 50.
(..illegible) 2 o’clock we had a gentle breeze improved after (...illegible) very nice at sea to watch the sun go down behind (...illegible) white clouds which look like mountains of snow (..illegible) fringes of crimson fire. Well might david say the (..illegible) the Glory of God and the firmament showeth his handywork. This evening we are said to pass about fifteen (..illegible) place where a ship was wrecked 2 or 3 weeks (...illegible) what a mercy we are sailing so pleasantly.
Booth, Thomas. Papers, 1857 - 1859. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2002/56.