From ‘The Western Daily Mercury’- 20th October 1875
I noticed a paragraph in your paper of yesterday, (Tuesday), stating that the ship ‘Brodick Castle’, which was dispatched from London for Auckland, New Zealand, about a fortnight since, with Government emigrants had been towed into Falmouth with loss of main and mizenmasts and other damage. The Agent-General for the New Zealand Government with his usual commendable promptitude at once sent Mr. E. A. Smith, R.N., his despatching officer to Falmouth to make what arrangements he might deem necessary for the well being and comfort of the emigrants; and I understand that he has engaged a special train to bring the whole of them to Plymouth to-day. On arriving here they will be lodged in the Emigration Depot until the ‘Brodrick Castle’ is again ready for sea, or another vessel can be sent round to take them to their destination. Mr. and Mrs. Watson, the master and matron of the depot, have accordingly made every preparation for the reception of the people. In this excellent institution they will find every comport possible provided, and from the way in which I have often heard emigrants speak of their treatment in the depot I feel sure they will appreciate the change; and, moreover, it will have the effect of restoring their confidence, so that when the time comes for them to again sail they will have entirely recovered from their tempestuous and lengthy passage down Channel.