The Rooparell arrived in Auckland on the 30 May 1874 under command of Capt Sandberg.
The Surgeon Superintendnt was Dr J F Fiske.
She arrived in port about 2pm Saturday, day 90 of the voyage (land to land) with about 367 immigrants on board. She weighed 1,044 tons register, was built on the Clyde and is owned by Messrs Patrick Playfair and Co. of Glasgow . She was constructed expressly for the Calcutta trade about 6 years ago, receiving the highest classification at Lyoods - AA1 for 21 years. ( source - Daily Southern Cross newspaper Saturday 6 June 1874)
The Rooperall sailed from NZ to return to England July 13th 1874. She was towed into Newcastle harbour, reportedly badly damaged 19 August 1874. (ANZ Gazette 22.8.74) ( source - Wellington Maritime Museum )
When she arrived at Auckland on May 30, 1874, the ship Rooparell, Captain Sandberg, 95 days out from London, or 90 land to land, brought no less than 367 immigrants, the largest number ever brought to the port up to that date. The large number of people arrived in good health. During the passage there were three births and three deaths. London was left on February 24, the meridian of the Cape was passed on April 25, and land near the North Cape of New Zealand was sighted on the morning of May 29. (White Wings Vol I. Fifty Years Of Sail In The New Zealand Trade, 1850 TO 1900)
Some Information supplied by John Winter, whose descendants from Kent, England, arrived on this vessel and on arrival in Auckland, travelled to Hamilton by coach.
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