"How we came to run into her, I canít imagine," said Mr. Gerard Huffam, recalling the incident. "The skipper knew he would be detained a long time if he stopped, so he decided to go on. The tugs cast off and the pilot, whose name was Pidgeon, left us, and we started out into the channel. We had broken our bowsprit, but we got a new stick from shore and fitted it in. A case of grog was pitched overboard."
One wonders if the captain of the Fanny was a fault... "The skipper was a very drunken man and he was in such a state that the mate had charge of the barque for the first two or three weeks." And once they reached Nelson, "the captain met an old friend and they started a celebration that lasted till the Fanny left for China, and on the voyage the captain died in the D.T.ís."
From Nelson, the five bachelors went to live at Bark Bay. They stayed there 16 years, firstly cutting firewood from the bush behind them, then fishing, and finally making small boats - a trade that two of the boys had been trained in while living in Cowes, Isle of Wight.
Eventually the family split up, Blake marrying Jane JACOBSEN, of Nelson, Richard marrying Sophie PERRIN and going to live in Wellington and Frederick marrying Mary Ann GIBBS. Gerard never married. Timothy was eventually laid to rest in the Wakapuaka Cemetery in Nelson, on 14 July 1893. A headstone was placed and a dedication of the same was made in April 1999 at a family reunion.
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