and from the family:
William Taylor, 32, Miner
Captain: William Lacey
Surgeon Superintendent: Alexander McShane
The 347 ton Whitby was one of three vessels fitted out to carry out a survey for the new settlement at Nelson. Whitby and Will Watch departed London on Sunday afternoon, May 2nd 1841.
A service had been held on board Will Watch and their passage down the Thames was marked by a 21 gun salute. Arrow did not depart until May 21st but beat the other two ships to Port Nicholson. All three ships first arrived at Port Nicholson until the question of the site of Nelson had been resolved. Whitby brought to New Zealand, Capain Arthur Wakefield (the brother of Edward Gibbon Wakefield) along with 59 officals and labourers.