The following is a transcript from the Otago Witness April 17 1880 page 12
Arrival of the City of Florence
April 10 had the effect of bringing a Home ship into port. "A ship to the southward" was displayed from the flagstaff at Otago Heads, and shortly after midday the numerals of the commercial code - WHQL - signifying she was the City of Florence, were run up at the signal-station at Port Chalmers. The Koputai took the vessel in tow and although she was drawing 20feet 4 inches, brought her safely across the bar without her even smelling the ground, at 3 p.m. considerably before the time of high water. She was anchored at Pulling Point at 4. 30 p.m. and promptly cleared in by Customs authorities. The representatives of the Press were courteously received by Captain Hunter and supplied with the necessary information respecting the both vessel and cargo. The City of Florence is a handsome iron vessel of 1200 tons register, and is one of the "City" line owned by Messrs George Smith and Sons, of Glasgow, several of whose vessels have already been here. She is 13 years old. Mr Leask is the chief officer. Captain Hunter had been in Port Chalmers 15 years ago as chief officer of the ship Helenlee, under Captain Brown. She brings 40 passengers, and about 2000 tons of cargo, and in addition to this has 25 tons of powder stowed in a properly-constructed magazine.Passengers Inward per City of Florence: From London on Sunday Barry Captain W J Bamlett Mr Black Miss Brown Mr and Mrs Coulson Mr Dickson Mr and Mrs and child Howell Mr McNally Dr McPheely Mr and Mrs and child Reeves Mr and Mrs Symmons Mr Thompson Mr and Mrs and 4 children Tiddiman Mr (2) Watkins Mr and Mrs and 6 children Walton Mr and Mrs Willison Mr and Mrs and child Young Mr and Mrs
Otago Witness April 17 1880 page 13
Captain Barry, the author of "Up and Down, or Fifty years of Colonial Life" on a book tour.
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