Passenger list of the Pakeha!

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Several Years after the "Prince Edward", another ship left P.E.I., bound for New Zealand. It was the Brig Pakeha. This was the ship that John Darrach and his wife Elizabeth and the Hon. George Samuel Whitehouse Bagnall and family sailed upon to N.Z.

The New Zealand Herald said of the arrival,

"They sailed from P.E.I. 12-23-1863, crossed the line 1-24-1864, and went into the Cape of Good Hope on 3-6-1864. She left there on the 24th and passed through the Bass Straits on May 12 of this year. The Three Kings were made on the 13th, and she had light winds from there. It was the Brig "Pakeha" of 173 tonnes, Capt. Alexander Campbell, arrived in New Zealand 5-26-1864."

Here is a passage from "The Islander" 11 Dec 1863. with additional notes from "The Island Magazine", Number 19, Spring and Summer, 1986, page 36.

"The new brig PAKEHA, Capt.(Alex.)Campbell, from this port(C'town)lies at the Three Tides awaiting a favourable opportunity to sail. She has on board as passengers bound for that distant country (New Zealand) the following people:-

Charles Bell, C'town. [Daily Patriot Mon., 6 Nov., 1893, page 3 - Died On Saturday 26th, at Churchill, Waikaio New Zealand, Charles Bell, aged 66 years formerly of Prince Edward Island, B.N.A., brother of Mr. John Bell and Mrs. A.N. Large. - Info from Gary Carroll]

John Mountain, Cascumpec.

John Hayward, Cascumpec.

Hon Geo Bagnall, Wife Martha, New Glasgow and children William, Albert, see Lemuel below, George, Wellington, Elizabeth, Nelson, Margaret-Ann, and George.

John Darrach, Wife Elizabeth, New Glasgow and children Malcolm, James, William, Duncan, Elizabeth, and Jenny Ann.

Thos (Sleaton) Slater, Wife Mary, New Glasgow and child, Mary

Thomas Marshon, Murray River

Philip R.Blatch, Wheatley River

D Ross and Wife Hannah, New Glasgow and children Annie F., William C., John D. Charles B.

Lemuel Bagnall, (Eldest son of Geo and with new wife)

Capt. A Campbell and wife, formerly of Pinette [Summerside Pioneer, Sept. 9, 1916 - Captain Alexander Campbell died in Aukland. He had gone to New Zealand, 52 years ago as captain of the brig Pakeha. He had married a Miss Messervey on PEI and settled in Aukland. - Info from Christine Gorman]

James Robertson, (first mate)

Roderick MacLeod, Orwell - second mate.

A second newspaper article on the passengers of the Pakeha has been found and transcribed by Christine Gorman:

From the Examiner September 5, 1864

"THE PAKEHA - We are glad to learn by papers from New Zealand that the brig "Pakeha" with passengers, from this port, arrived at Auckland on the 26th of May. A letter received by Mr. J. Bell of this city from his brother, one of the passengers, states that all on board were well and not a spar damaged. We copy the following from the Southern Cross : -

THE PAKEHA FROM PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND- The brig Pakeha which has been expected for several weeks past, dropped anchor in the harbour on Thursday, May 26. She took her final start from Prince Edward Island on the 22nd of December, and made a capital run to Cape de Verde Islands, sighting St. Antonia(?) on the 9th January, being about 10 miles from the land. The equator was crossed on the 24th January, in latitude 0.25, longitude 22.23. The S E trades were caught soon after crossing the line and proved steady but very light until passing the island of Tristan D'Acunha. She arrived at the Cape of Good Hope on the 6th of March, and after taking in cargo and passengers, sailed again on the 24th of the same month, with a light breeze and fine clear weather. The easting was run down in about 43 degrees south. Sighted Cape Otway on the 12th, and passed through Bass Straits on 14th. The Kings (the first land on the New Zealand coast) were passed on Saturday last, the 21st instant, after a smart run of six days from the Straits. Light baffling winds prevailed down the coast.

The Pakeha is a fine brig of 174 tons, in command of Captain Alexander Campbell, and is owned by Mr. Thomas Williams, sail-maker, Queen Street. She was launched at Prince Edward Island in October last, and in now on her first voyage. Her dimensions are as follows:- Length of keel, 91 feet; width, 22 feet; and depth of hold, 11 feet."

The subjoined is a list of her passengers:-



Mrs. Campbell, Charles Bell, John Mountain, John Haywood.

Second Class:

George Bagnal, Martha, Lemuel J., Sarah M., William H., Albert E., George E., Richard W., Elizabeth F., Horatio N., Margaret A., and Charles Bagnal:

John Darrach: Elizabeth, Malcolm, James S., William, Duncan, Elizabeth and Janet Ann Darrach;

Catherine Robinson;

Thomas, Mary D., and Emily Slater;

David, Hannah, Anne, William, John D., and Charles Ross;

Philip R. Blatch, Thomas Maschon, from Prince Edward Island.

She also brings the following passengers from the Cape of Good Hope:-

Cabin: James Maxwell.

Second Class: Mrs. Farrel and child, Robert Thomson, Susan, Mary Ann Thomson; George R. Adlow, William Wilson and John Ward.


Pakeha was a Maori name for "European Settlers". The ship was owned by Thomas Williams, an enterprising citizen of Auckland, New Zealand, and then changed hands a number of times until the vessel wrecked in 1881.

"Index to the New Zealand Section of the Register of all British Ships" 1840 - 1950 Inclusive, often known as the "Watt's Index" for its author, N. M. Watt, M. B. CH. B.:

"PAKEHA, 46,849. Brig, 173.4 tons.
91 x 22.8 x 11.7 ft.; Built at New Glasgow, Prince Edward Island, in 1863, by Robert Orr.
Registered No. 84/1863, Port of New Glasgow, Prince Edward Island. (I.R.)
Registered No. 23/1864, (9/vi/64), Port of Auckland.
Registered No. 35/1870, Port of Sydney, N.S.W.
Vessel totally wrecked off Lake Ellesmere, N.Z., on 11/vi/1881.
Master: Daniel Brewer (drowned).
Ownerships: Pt.2, pp. 61,62,86,96,157."

Shipwreck of the Pakeha 1881

Transcribed by Garth Bulman with special thanks to Nick Vine Hall for finding this published record.

Reference: Page 202, "New Zealand Shipwrecks, 1795-1970" by C. INGRAM, published 1974,
4th edn, by A.H. & A.W. Reed, Wellington, NZ

"PAKEHA, brig: When on a passage from Kaipara to Dunedin with a cargo of timber for her owners the brig ran ashore on the Ninety Mile Beach, near Lake Ellesmere, on the morning of June 11, 1881, and became a total wreck. A number of fishermen went to the wreck in boats to render assistance, and found that, with one exception all of the crew had been drowned. The Pakeha was within 12 miles of Otago Heads when she sprang a leak and became unmanageable. The master decided to run for shelter under Banks Peninsula. On the morning of June 11 a strong gale blew several sails out of the bolt-ropes, and the captain, finding the brig in a dangerous position, decided to let her drift ashore. On striking one of the masts immediately went over the side, and the sea swept all the crew into the surf. The sole survivor, the only one in the crew of seven who could swim, managed to grasp a floating spar and was washed ashore.

The Pakeha, No. 46,849, was a wooden brig of 173 tons register, built in New Glasgow, Prince Edward Island, in October, 1863 and her dimensions were; Length 91 ft. beam 22.8 ft. depth 11.7 ft. The brig was commanded by Captain Daniel Brewer and was owned by Mr. T. Patterson."

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