Somes Prisoners

Quarantine Ships: 1872-1920

The following are ships known to have had their passengers quarantined on Somes Island. There may yet be others, so this is work in progress...

England - Sailed Gravesend 8th December 1871 - arrived Wellington 9th March 1872

Glenora - arrived 1873. Perhaps Glenlora - Sailed Gravesend 8th August 1872 - arrived Wellington 11th March 1873

Halcione - Sailed London 18th April 1873 - arrived Wellington 14th July 1873

Douglas - Sailed London 14th June 1873 - arrived Wellington 20th September 1873

Woodlark - Sailed London 12th December  1873 - arrived Wellington 24th March  1874

Golden Sea - Sailed London 29th January 1874 - arrived Wellington 1st May 1874

Cartvale - Sailed London 25th June 1874 - arrived Wellington 11th October 1874

Berar - Sailed London 17th October 1874 - arrived Wellington 22nd January 1875

Malay - Sailed ......... - arrived Wellington about 4 March 1875. (Ref: Evening Post 5/3/1875 and 9/9/1875

Collingwood - Sailed London, Gravesend 8th April 1875 -arrived Wellington 9th July 1875

Rodney - Sailed London June 6th 1875 - arrived Wellington August 29th 1875

Shakespear - Sailed Hamburg 7th October 1875 - arrived Wellington 23rd January 1876

Terpsichore - Sailed Hamburg 15th November 1875 - arrived Wellington 18th March 1876

Hermione - Sailed London 30th  August 1878 & Plymouth 4th September - arrived Wellington 15th December 1878, and New Plymouth 17th December  1878

British Queen - Sailed Plymouth 24th March 1883 - arrived Wellington 15th May and Canterbury 17th May 1883

Oxford - Sailed from Plymouth 26th April 1883 - arrived Wellington 23rd July 1883

Westland - Sailed from Plymouth 11th August 1883 - arrived Wellington 31st October 1883

Tongariro - Sailed from London 1st June 1889 - arrived Wellington 14th July 1889

Britannic - Troopship returning from South Africa - arrived Wellington early August 1902

Orient - Troopship arriving from South Africa - arrived Wellington early August 1902

Manuka - Sailed from ....... - arrived at Wellington - about May 1919

HMS Geranium - Sailed from..... - arrived at Wellington - about June1919

Mahana - An immigrant ship that in 1920 became the last ship whose passengers were quarantined on Somes Island.