With 25 assisted passengers in the steerage, 26 crew (3 discharged & 11 deserted on arrival).
The Star of Erin is a very fine iron ship, which has spent the greater part of her time in the China and India trade, and on that line was counted a very smart vessel. The last voyage home was cleverly performed as far as the Bay of Biscay, when some very bad weather was fallen in with, and her masts were swept away. She was found in a disabled state, and towed to Britain, where everything belonging to masts and rigging was replaced by new gear. She has now fine taunt spars and good square canvas, and it is seldom that a hull is seen in better order. The master reports a tolerably fair beginning to the voyage. The vessel left London on January 26, and on February 15 sighted the Cape Verd Islands. On February 28 she crossed the equator in 25° W., and on March 12 sighted Martin Vas Rocks. The trades are reported as being very light indeed scarcely worth the name and nothing was sighted after Martin Vas until reaching Cape Border. After passing the meridian of the Cape on the 56th day out she was in 39° 30’ S., and every exertion was made to get still further but to no purpose, for the wind always headed the ship back again to almost the same latitude, and the ocean was crossed between 39° and 41°. The entire passage has been specially characterized by a want of wind. The royals were never furled, but there was always a heavy rolling sea. The vessel has a very fine lofty cabin, extremely well fitted, and the neatness of the deck-gear reflects great credit on the officers. Those interested in compasses will find on board rather a novelty in the standard amidships, which is so constructed as to be available for the man at the wheel. As soon as the tide made on Friday the Star was towed into harbour, and the people permitted to land. Register 29/4/1876
Departind (19 July) for London.