The Høvding sailed from Kristiania/Christiania (now Oslo), Norway, on August 08, 1873. It arrived Napier, New Zealand, on December 01, 1873, after a voyage of 115 days.
Captain: Carl A. NORDBY. (Ship's papers indicate that NORDBY is the correct spelling, not NORDBYE.)
Total Number of Passengers
See emigrants list and passenger list.
The passenger list states that 269 passengers boarded the Høvding. However, examination of the passenger list shows that there were actually 270 passengers.
The passenger list states that there were 55 married men, 55 married women, 89 children aged 1-12 years, 16 children under 1 year of age, 32 single women, and 22 single men. However, examination of the passenger list shows that there were 54 married men, 55 married women (including 1 widow), 89 children aged 1-12 years, 16 children under 1 year of age, 33 single women, and 23 single men.
Discrepancies in the Passenger List
Excerpt from a letter from an unknown correspondent (possibly Geo Thos FANNIN - cannot descipher signature) at the Immigration Barracks, Napier, to “His Honor, General for Agents, Napier” dated Dec 09, 1873:
“I would beg to draw your Honor's attention to the following circumstances. Whilst going over the Ship's Book of the list of the Immigrants shipped on board the “Hovding” I ascertained that a Widow had been shipped as a Single girl. This woman has a child which certainly could not have been more than 3 months old at time of shipment. She also has 2 others one about 4 and the other 2 years of age. These children had been intered in the List of Immigrants as belonging to two married couples. There is another case exactly similar only the two children are about 4 & 6 years old.
“There is also the case of a single girl having been confined on board shortly after the ship left Christiania.
“I also noticed some cases in which Immigrants with large families had placed their children on the List as belonging to other married people than their parents.”
Five (5) Births at Sea
There were 5 births at sea, including one to a single woman.
Eleven (11) Deaths at Sea
Excerpt from a letter by B.E. FRIBERG (possibly written to “The Immigration Officer, Napier”) dated December 08, 1873:
“I beg to give you an abstract of the journal kept by Doctor Mogstad in his capacity of Surgeon Superintendant onboard the Emigrant ship “Hovding”…
“Records are kept of the Medical treatment of 71 different individuals. Eleven cases, mostly diarrhea and bronchitis, ended fatally; of which 1 case occurred in August, 6 in September, 3 in October, and 1 in November. They were all of them children, varying in age from one month up to 3 years.”
So far, we have been able to identify the following deaths:
- STENBERG, Hans (1 year);
- STENBERG, Johan (1 year);
- HANSEN, Maran (8 years);
- HANSEN, Halvor (6 years);
- OLSEN, Casper (2 years);
- OLSEN, Oline (3 years);
- GULBRANDSEN, Oswald (11 months);
- HANSEN, Helga (2 years)
The Høvding also brought Scandinavian immigrants to Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand in 1872.