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The following is a transcript from the
Timaru Herald
 Friday June 9th 1876 pg3
The Star  [ ]
June 7th 1876, pg 2 
online on the National Library of NZ website

These two vessels were signalled yesterday afternoon, but being too far off, so the s.s. Akaroa went down last evening to find out what they were, and to tow them, if required. The ship from the South proved to be the expected Desdomona, from London, 103 day out, all well. On the Akaroa going alongside, it was found that Captain Towill would not require the steamer's services, so she then proceeded to the other vessel from the North, which was the Fernglen, ship, 818 tons, Fraser, from Wellington, and took her in tow. On getting off Little Port Cooper, the weather was so squally that the steamer had to let go; when the Fernglen anchored. The Akaroa will bring her higher up the harbour this afternoon, weather permitting.

Arrived June 6 - Desdemona, ship, 1,490 tons, Towill, from London. The ship, Desdemona, arrived at Lyttelton from London on Wednesday, after an uneventful passage of 180 days. She brings a cargo of 2,700 tons. 32 passengers.

The following is her cabin passenger list: -

Caister 	Mr John 
Clemenshaw 	Mr T.S. [Cleminshaw]
McCallum 	Mr H. 
Robertson 	Mr John F. [Robinson]

Second cabin:
Atkinson 	Mr and Mrs W
Cleland 	Mr George A.
Denny 		Mr C
Metcalf 	Mr and Mrs A.
McPherson 	Mr Jno.
McPherson 	Mr Alex.
Hussey 		Mr W.J.
Toplady 	Mr W.
Youth 		Mr H
Walker		Mr T.A.

Collier 	Mr and Mrs B. and son  [H. not B.]
Connelly 	Mr and Mrs J.
Corbin 		Mr H
Coveney 	Mr Thomas  [Coreney]
Dawson 		Mr D.W.
Dickinson	Mr
Edgar 		Mr
Fowke 		Mr T.W.
Heys 		Mr John
Payze		Mr
Simpson 	Mr and Mrs W.
Walmsley 	Mr Charles

The Star Thursday 8 June 1876
Cleared - June 8 - Countess of Kintore, ship, 738 tons, Norie, for London.

This vessel was signalled from the South on Tuesday. The Desdemona anchored about three miles outside the heads; got under weigh again yesterday afternoon, beat in under the charge of Pilot Wood, and brought up abreast of Little Port Cooper. The Health Officer speedily passed the vessel. Built in 1875 by W.H. Potter and Co., and is owned by C.T. Bowring and Co., of Liverpool. This is her second voyage, the first having been made to Calcutta. The following are her dimensions: length 230ft, beam 37ft 6", depth of hold 23ft. Her rig is peculiar, there being double topgallant yards and no royal-mast. She has no stern cabins. Her second, third class and steerage accommodation is very bad, no distinction being made, and the ventilation being decidedly unhealthy. The lighting of the whole compartment also is so deficient that it would be impossible to read the largest print on the brightest day when below. The Desdemona brings out a large quantity of stock, comprising five bulls and fourteen sheep. Only one sheep has died during the passage. Her deck was badly lumbered up, chiefly by a fine steam launch, imported by Messrs Agar and Roberts, Lyttelton, which occupied a great deal of space.  This launch seems admirably made, and is fitted with twin-screws[ her length is 39ft and beam 10ft 9". The ship comes consigned to the N.Z.S. Company, and brings one of the largest cargoes that has ever arrived in Lyttelton - about 2700 tons.

 Voyage Account

The ship,  Desdemona, comes consigned to the N.Z. S. Company, and brings one of the largest general cargos that has ever arrived in Lyttelton. Sailed from the Downs on Feb. 20, landed the Pilot off the Start on Feb. 25. .... Anchored off Lyttelton Heads on June 6, at 8 p.m., all well, thus making the passage in 101 days.

The Star Monday 12 June 1876 pg2

Arrival of the s.s. Albion at Bluff from Melbourne on the 7th. She brings twenty saloon and 29 steerage passengers, 100 tons of cargo and the English mail (the Suez mail) ex Sumatra. Passengers: For Lyttelton - Messrs Ware and Hare, Mr and Mrs, Master and Miss Mason, ten steerage; 45 tons cargo.

Again we chronicle another punctual despatch of one of the New Zealand Shipping company's vessels. the Waipa, it will be remembered, came from Wellington, and arrived here on may 10th. The passengers arrived by the 9 a.m. train in Lyttelton, where the s.s. Akaroa was waiting with steam up to take them off to the ship, lying off Sticking Point. Several boxes of gold were also taken off to the vessel, and the arrival of the s.s. Hawea which had a passenger or two and four boxes of gold for her. A delay occurred here in getting out the gold, luggage etc., owning to tits being dinner time. The Akaroa steamed ahead and passed around the ship ringing cheers being exchanged between those of the steamer and the passengers and crew of the Waipa.

The Star June 6 1876
Christchurch Licensing Court, annual meeting. large list of applications.

The Star 12 Sept. 1876
Ship Border Chief, from London, Captain Leslie, all well. Passage occupied 93 days from pilot to pilot or 88 days from land to land. This vessel left the docks on June 5th and Gravesend on June 7, discharged her pilot off Start Point on June 10th. The Border Chief is a fine ship of 1011 tons register, owned by H. Adamson, junr., and Co, of London. She was built in 1870, being classed 100 A1, and has since being launched employed in the colonial trade. Among her cargo is a fine shipment of Leicester and Southdown sheep. Messrs Howells and Lewis looked after them during the passage and reflect great credit upon them. There are several cases of fowls, cochins and bantams on board and a number of choice pigeons. All the poultry are consigned to Mr Geo. Gould. The passengers were landed yesterday. Messrs Adamson, two of her owners, were passengers by the ship. Voyage account Sept. 13th 1876.. No passengers listed.