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Happy Christmas!

You must be tired from your trip, seeing as you came all the way from your time to the 1890's!


It's cold outside, but it's warm in here. Come have some mulled wine, and the children can have negus, the non-alcoholic version. We also have that current favorite, roast turkey, and minced pies with meat in them. We're just getting ready to hang sugar plums on the tree, want to join?

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When you've warmed up, have a walk around.
This picture and the following are on the 1898 ferry Berkeley, pictures by Mary Euterpe.

Notice the sea shells on the tree.

This isn't a Christmas song, but it's for the Euterpe.
Euterpe Waltz, written for the ship, performed on the ship. (The Euterpe was re-rigged and renamed the Star of India).


Greetings, gentle reader.
My name is Mary Euterpe Hawthorne. I was born on the ship Euterpe, so that became my middle name.

Euterpe is a full-rigged ship that was built in 1863 in the Isle of Man, between Ireland and England. My parents left southwest England in 1874 on the Euterpe's third emigrant voyage, captained by Captain Thomas Phillips. My parents went second class.

The ship was named after one of the nine Muses of Greek mythology. Euterpe was the daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne or Memory, and her name can be translated as "well pleasing" or "giver of much delight." When the Muses were given specific attributes, she was said to be the Muse of lyric poetry, and she played the double flute. Her singing was said to give delight. Her sisters were Calliope, Clio, Melpomene, Erato, Terpsichore, Urania, Thalia, and Polymnia.

While I was born at sea, I grew up in Wellington, New Zealand. I remember the lovely Pink and White Terraces in Rotorua. It used to be so hard to get to them (buggy ride, two-hour canoe ride, and then by foot), but I loved them as a child. One horrible day in 1886, Mt Tarawera erupted, burying villages and killing 150 people.

I love reading, and my favorite authors include Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley.and others. (But my secret pleasure is reading Jules Verne, especially Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864, 1867) and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1869-1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).

Euterpe. Atsma, Aaron. (2000-2011).

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Otago Witness, 10 January 1874, Page 17
The following table shows the number of immigrants introduced into Otago during the year 1873 :- Ship. Euterpe

Date of arrival Adults M F Children Infants No. of souls Equal to statue adults. April 4 32 36 8 12 391 78

Daily Southern Cross, 27 June 1874, Page 2 [sic]
Gravesend. - Arrived on April 28, the Euterpe, from Auckland

Evening Post, 27 June 1874, Page 2
Sailed for Wellington - Conflict, 5th May ; Euterpe, 28th April

Evening Post, 7 July 1874, Page 2
The following are the names of Euterpe immigrants nominated for Wellington :
Charles Humwick and family 3 adults
John Walls and family, 3 do
Philip Pitcher and family 3 do
Thyrza Knight, 1 do
Elizabeth Pye and family of single women, 1 do
Margaret Ritchie and 2 children, 1 do (Wanganui)
Blanche Innes, 1 do
Emma Wilson, 1 do (Wanganui)
Mrs Boady (Matron) and family, 3 do
Ellen Walls and family, 2
total, 20 adults

Evening Post, 31 August 1874, Page 2
The ship Euterpe, 1,105 tons, Captain Phillips, which has been expected hourly during the last six weeks, at length arrived in this harbor last night after a long passage of 124 days. The delay partly has been caused by an accident to the condenser, which compelled her to put in to the Cape of Good Hope for water. She brings 410 immigrants, all in good health ; two infants died during the voyage, and six births occurred. A seaman was washed overboard last week ; no other serious mishap took, place. Immediately on the ship being signalled, the agents, Messrs Turnbull and Co. at once, although it was Sunday, procured an ample supply of fresh meat and vegetables, collected the drew of the s.s Stormbird, and sent her out to the Euterpe, which she towed safely in by 9 p.m. Messrs Turnbull and Co. deserve great praise for the thoughtfulness and promptitude with which they acted, which we have no doubt will be, duty appreciated both by the immigrants and the Government. The immigrants will not be landed until Wednesday. Sixty will be conveyed to Wanganui by the Stormbird this evening.

West Coast Times, 1 September 1874, Page 2 Wellington
Arrived - Euterpe, 124 days out, from London (27th April). She brings 410 immigrants, equal to 329 statute adults. All well.

Evening Post, 1 September 1874, Page 2
Port of Wellington. Outwards - per Manawatu. Per Stormbird ; Cabin- Messrs Lorengen, Green, Townsend, Hill, and Millar; steerage, 50 immigrants ex Euterpe, and 1 Maori.

Evening Post, 3 September 1874, Page 2
Per Manawatu; 80 ex Euterpe.

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