:Adelaide, 640 Tons, (Captain William Campbell)
- 'A teak-built craft, the Adelaide was the largest of the first five
ships, and she brought out 176 people, including some of the higher
office-bearers of the Company. Having been specially built for taking
troops out to India, the Adelaide was a suitable vessel for the
charter, but despite her suitability the voyage was anything but a
happy one. - Before the Cape was reached things had reached such a
pass that the master was persuaded by Dr.Evans to put into Capetown,
where a stay of eleven days was made.'
- "In crossing the Bay of Biscay we encountered a severe gale, with a
high tumultuous sea, and it was with great difficulty that the Captain
saved the masts....Previous to crossing the line, a dispute arose
amongst the passengers, occasioned, no doubt by the 'strength' of the
bilge water...which could only be settled by an interchange of
civilities on shore. This necessitated the calling at Cape Town, very
much to the annoyance of the Captain..."
- 'Leaving London on September 18th, 1839, the same date as the
Aurora, the Adelaide did not get away from Falmouth roadstead until
- ...Teneriffe was reached on October 14th, and a couple of days were
spent at Santa Cruz, the passengers being allowed to dis-embark.
-The Equator was crossed on November 14th, and the trade winds took
the vessel to within 600 miles of the coast of Brazil. On December
20th Capetown was reached, and there the ship remained until New
Year's Day, when she resumed her voyage.
- New Zealand was sighted on March 1st, and three days later the ship
called at Port Hardy for orders, which were to go to Port Nicholson.
- On March 7th, 1840, in a storm of thunder, lightning, and rain, the
Adelaide dropped anchor in Port Nicholson, 171 days out from London.'
Ref: "White Wings", Vol. 2, Sir Henry Brett, 1928. "Adventure in
New Zealand", E. Wakefield, p158.