Friday, July 26, 2013

14 June 1859

On the 14th we spoke the Old Dominion of Richmond. We bore dow on her, and our captain hailed her with "Ship ahoy! What ship is that?" "The Old Dominion." "Where are you for?" "The Bristol Channel; what ship are you?" "The Tornado; will you be good enough to report the Tornado from Liverpool for New Zealand?" "Yes." "Thank you" - and with this, the ships separated.
Our Voyage to New Zealand Per the Tornado (by a Glasgow Emigrant) Glasgow Herald December 19, 1859

 June 14. Spoke the “Old Dominion” for the Bristol Channel.Two stowaways discovered among the sails. Captain set them to work.
Campbell, Alexander. Letters and papers, 1859 - 1870. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 50.

14th This morning the wind is still good. The rolling of the ship has made some passengers look rather sickly but nothing we expected it to be. About one o'clock we passed a ship, the Old Dominion bound for the Bristol Channel. Who engaged to report our ship. The main was rather unsteady but improved again the the evening so we got safely over the Bay of Biscay with nothing worse than being rocked about a little.
Booth, Thomas. Papers, 1857 - 1859. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2002/56.

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