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Note:   Details of Emigration voyage:
Ship: Northumberland
Port of Departure: Gravesend, England on 10/12/1883
Port of Arrival: Auckland, New Zealand on 18/03/1884
Days: 99
Captain: R Todd

The captain's report of the voyage shows that the ship left the London docks on 10th December, but remained at Gravesend (near the mouth of the river Thames) until 16th December.

Voyage Report and Passenger List is at:

The Keymer Family were Government Immigrants which means they were given cheap fares by the New Zealand Government to entice them to immigrate.

When the Northumberland made her first voyage to Auckland in 1884 all on board were loud in their praise of Captain Todd and his officers, but none had a good word for the charterers of the ship, Messrs. Shaw, Savill and Co., and the Government. The ship brought out 186 cabin passengers and 159 Government Immigrants, and on the ship's arrival a complaint was made to the Immigration Officer, who inspected their quarters and reported that they were in a wretched state, there being very little privacy in the emigrants' quarters. It was found they had been housed in the after-hatch in a dark and dingy hole. There were fourteen bunks in a space 12 by 8.5 feet. There was practically no ventilation or light in their so-called cabin when the door was closed, and when rain fell or the decks were washed the water came through the roofs and soaked the unfortunates in their bunks. It is astonishing that under the circumstances there were only six deaths during the voyage. When the Northumberland returned to England the berthing accommodation was improved and there were no complaints when she reached Auckland in 1885. There were two deaths during this passage.

The passages made to New Zealand by the Northumberland were:

To Auckland.
Sailed. Arrived. Captain. Days.
Dec. 10, '83 Mar. 18, '84 Todd 99
Dec. 13, '84 Mar. 25, '85 Todd 102
Jan. 21 Apr. 23, '86 Todd 93
To Lyttelton.
Jan. 3 Apr. 11, '87 Todd 98

Northumberland. Steamer 2170 tons. Money, Wigram Line. Acquired by Shaw Saville Line in 1884, converted to a sailing ship. Brought out hundreds of immigrants to New Zealand. Swept onto the beach during a gale, Napier, New Zealand, 10 May 1887. A steam launch assisting in the rescue of passengers, overturned, drowning several. Vessel wrecked. [DG]

The Northumberland, ship, built in England in 1871 of 2095 tons. She sank on 11th May 1887 after running ashore on Bay View Beach, Napier in a severe storm. No lives were lost. There were two vessels by this name. One built in 1861, 1000 tons, which arrived in Auckland in 1861 and the other a Shaw, Savill Co. ship, 2095 tons, built in 1884 which met its end at Napier in 1887, had left London 3 Jan 1887 and arrived recently in Lyttelton Apr. 11, 1887 under the command of Capt. Todd and from here to Napier. The figurehead, a life size crowned soldier with sword, off the Northumberland was acquired by a sheep farmer, Armstrong, from Akitio. Reference: White Wings Vol. 1 by H. Brett.

The Northumberland, No. 65,640, was an iron, full-rigged ship of 2,170 tons gross and 2,095 tons net register, built at London in 1871 by M. Wigram and Sons, and her dimensions were : length 278.8 ft., beam 38 ft., depth 26 ft. The vessel, which was formerly a steamer, was owned by the Shaw, Savill and Albion Company. Her figurehead was secured by a Napier fisherman and was for many years a prominent figure in his garden. Later the relic graced a small garden plot at Whakatu. The wreck of the Northumberland re-appeared during the earthquake at Napier in February, 1931.

NORTHUMBERLAND Reg No 65640 DCrew/65640 No Date

Reg. Southampton 1883, transferred from London
Built 1871 at Blackwall by Money Wigram & Sons as a screw steamer, converted to sail 1882
2094 tons
Crew lists: 1884-2, 1886-2, 1887-3
Owner: Shaw, Savill & Albion Co.
Master: R. Todd
Voyages: New Zealand;
Wrecked at Napier, N.Z, 1887

Captain Richard Todd, A Popular Shipmaster, Long Resident Of Napier.
Captain Todd, was very well known in New Zealand, to which colony he had brought so many people from the Old Land. He always had a liking for this Britain of the South, and when his time came to retire from the sea he made his home here. Born at Dundee, Scotland, in 1845, he went to sea as a boy, and his first voyage was to China on a ship carrying troops. His first visit to New Zealand was as chief officer of the Asterope, in the middle 70's, and when next he arrived in these waters he was chief officer of a small barque called the Malay, of which he took command when the master (Captain Peters) was promoted to a larger vessel.

His next command was the Saint Leonards, in which he made many voyages to New Zealand, bringing out a large number of immigrants. His last ship was the Northumberland, a well-known trader to the colony, which met an untimely end at Napier in 1887, being cast ashore during a furious storm that did much damage in the Bay. Oddly enough neither on the Saint Leonards nor the Northumberland was there any loss of life. Three men were drowned when the Northumberland was cast away, but they belonged to a little steamer called the Boojum that went to the assistance of the sailing ship.

After the loss of the Northumberland Captain Todd came ashore and settled down at Napier, and five months after the wreck of the Northumberland Captain Todd was appointed marine superintendent of the Colonial Union Shipping Company. In 1889 the name of the company was changed to the Tyser Line, Captain Todd remaining with the company as marine superintendent. In 1893 he was appointed colonial superintendent of the line, which in 1913 had its name changed to the Commonwealth and Dominion Line. When this last change was made Captain Todd, in addition to being colonial superintendent, became a director of the company. The head office had always been at Napier, but on the death of Captain Todd in 1916 it was transferred to Wellington.

Captain Todd was a man of sound common sense, and of a most marked personality. He was a well-read man, and had all the qualities that one associates with the true-hearted, frank sailor. He was a great favourite with the many passengers he carried, and during his long residence in Napier he made many firm friends. He was a good man of business, and his London principals often had to thank the day they appointed him their representative in Napier, where he attracted a large amount of business for their ships.

Captain Todd was 71 when he died. His wife pre-deceased him by some two years. He had three sons and one daughter.

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