Cressy (ship)

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Port Lyttelton by Mary Townsend, 1850.jpg
The Cressy anchored at Port Lyttelton; drawing by Mary Townsend
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Name: Cressy
Builder: Laing shipyard, River Wear, Sunderland
Launched: 1843
General characteristics
Class and type: barque
Tons burthen: 720
Propulsion: sail

The Cressy was one of the first four ships in 1850 to carry emigrants from England to the new colony of Canterbury in New Zealand. The Cressy was the last to arrive on 27 December. The other ships were Charlotte Jane, Sir George Seymour and Randolph.[1]

The passengers aboard these four ships were referred to as the "Canterbury Pilgrims" of Christchurch.[1] Their names are inscribed on a marble plaque in Cathedral Square in the centre of Christchurch.

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  1. ^ a b "The first four ships". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 180. OCLC 154283103. 
  3. ^ a b A. H. McLintock, ed. (22 April 2009) [originally published in 1966]. "Dobson Brothers". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage / Te Manatū Taonga. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Michael Brennan Hart The Cressy". Christchurch Press. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Local and General". The Star (506). 3 January 1870. p. 2. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 

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