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Cape Town Correspondence

It was Association policy that no immigrant ship should put into port en route to Canterbury except under extreme circumstances. Dr Haylock was required to give written reasons for any deviation of course on his arrival at Lyttelton and if these were not considered satisfactory, he forfeited his gratuity. Surgeons received 10 shillings for each passenger landed safely, 20 shillings for each birth aboard ship, and a gratuity of 25 subject to a deduction of 20 shillings for each death on board. Providing they had carried out their duties satisfactorily, the ship's master received a gratuity of 30 guineas, and the chief mate and third mate each received one shilling per head for each passenger landed safely.
The voyage proceeded without incident until Nov 14 when the surgeon ordered the vessel head for Cape Town - on the 24th a seaman refused to obey an order and a scuffle ensued.which almost developed into a riot. Dr Haylock stated "Several sailors behaved very ill and were indeed disposed to mutiny." The Captin determined to shoot the the ringleaders, but the Bishop designate intervened, and going amongst the sailors, he talked them over and there were n shooting. Ref: ChCh Press 8 Dec 1988

The ship reached Cape Town Dec 11 without further crew problems and the Captain took the three main trouble makers to court charged with disobedience and the majestrate sentenced them to imprisonment. In support of their shipmates, then, nearly all the able seamen refused to work and they were dismissed and also ended up in court sentenced to hard labour. New crew members were signed on but loading of stores was delayed as the old crew had thrown the handle of the windlass into the sea and until replaced, the ship was unable to leave until Dec 22nd.