THE SOUTHLAND TIMES
15 Jul 1874
ARRIVAL OF THE CARRICK CASTLE
The Carrick Castle arrived at the Bluff on Monday
afternoon with 290 souls, equal to 246 statute
adults, after a passage of 77 days from Queenstown.
Yesterday the vessel was inspected by the Health
Officer (Dr Grigor), and we are happy to say that
she obtained a clean bill of health. There were
six deaths during the voyage - one a woman in
childbed, and five infants.
The immigrants are all Irish, and they are reported
to be a likely-looking lot of people, more adapted
to the requirements of the Colony than some recent
shipments. As the inspection of the vessel had just
been completed a few minutes before the afternoon
train left the Bluff, our agents were unable to
obtain further particulars for this issue.
We have been informed that four of the seamen
belonging to the Carrick Castle managed to escape
from the vessel on Monday evening. It seems that
they constructed a raft with lifebuoys, oars,
spars, &c, and reached the shore by that means.
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