Lyttelton Times, 28 December 1859, Page 4
ARRIVED. Dec. 24, s.s. Royal Bride, 878 tons, A. Newlands from Bristol and Melbourne. Passengers— for Lyttelton, from England
Mr. and Mrs. Murray Aynsley and servant
Mr. J. Enles.
From Melbourne — Captain, Mrs., and Miss F. Buckley
Mr. and Mrs. Hurst
Miss McPherson, Miss Macpherson
Messrs. J. C. Aitken, McCandlish, W. H. Harris, Baynes, and Badcock.
Second cabin — Margaret Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Pusee and 3 children
Messrs. Williams, Denham, and Paterson.
For Otago, from Melbourne — Captain Cameron, Mr Cooper and J. Mitchel.
For Wellington, from England — W. Allen.
From Melbourne — Mr. and Miss Riddeford
Dec. 26, cutter Fanny, 20 tons, McLellan, from Oamaru. Passenger- Mr. Kirkwood.
Dec. 27. barque Gundreda, 450 tons, Stembridge from Adelaide. Passengers: Mr. and Mrs. and the Misses Howell (2).
Messrs. Rutherford (3) [settled at Leslie Downs, North Canterbury].
Steerage: John Andrews
and John Lewis.
Same day, schooner Matilda Hayes, 20 tons Scott from Akaroa.
Same day, schooner Wellington, 46 tons, Elmsley from Timaru.
Imports. In the Gundreda Peacock & Co. agents: 11 iron tanks, 1 case apparel, 19 bullocks, 16 horses, 1 mule, 2 donkeys 470 sheep, 25 tons hay, 2 drays, order.
VESSELS IN HARBOUR.
H.M.S. Iris, 26 guns, Commodore Wm. Loring, C.B.
H.M.S.S. Niger, 13 guns, 40U-horse-power, Captain Peter Cracroft.
S.S. Royal Bride, Alexander Newlands, 983 tons
Ship Mermaid, James White, 1,238 tons
Ship Zealandia, John Foster, 1,031 tons.
Ship Cashmere, John Byron, 640 tons.
Ship Regina, H.B. Thornton, 676 tons.
Ship Ashburton, A. King. 6OO tons.
Barque Vallisneria, G. Webb, 243 tons.
Barque Gundreda, Stembrdge, 450 tons
Brig Mountain Maid, J. Longmuir, 192 tons
Brig Reliance, J. Smith, 118 tons
Brigantine Cosair, , Gay, 134 tons
Schooner Wellington, Elmsley, 46 tons
Schooner Acadian, J. Peek, 42 tons
Schooner Emerald Isle, J. Oakes, 30 tons,
Total tonnage of merchant vessels - 6,423 tons.
The handsome steam-ship Royal Bride, commandeered by Capt. A. Newlands left Bristol on the 27th of August, Cork 1st September, Cape of Good Hope 27th October, arrived at Melbourne on the 30th November, sailed again on the 13th, and left the heads on the 15th December. The speed of the Royal Bride, with the improvements which have been made in her screw, is evidenced by Captain Newland's report.... The Royal Bride is quite a sight for those interested in naval architecture; she is a good specimen of her class, and that class is the highest. She was built in Bristol, and launched in January 1858, on the day when the Princess Royal was married. Her engines were constructed at Glasgow; they are simple compact and most efficient, being constructed on a new principle, combining high-pressure and exhausting cylinders. The furnaces are three in number, and the boiler double, the flame passing twice from front to back. The arrangements are so perfect that though the engines are only of 70 horse power nominal, as much as eight knots per hour is the ship's rate in fair weather, while the consumption of coal does not exceed six tons per diem. These results are such as to be of the highest service to an auxiliary screw-ship in carrying large cargoes and making short passages across the ocean. As a proof of this, the Royal Bride on arriving in Melbourne had more than 150 tons of coal remaining, though she steamed over 50 days on the passage out. During her last stay at home, the Royal Bride was hauled up by her owners, Messrs. Miles, lengthened six feet at the stem, had her screw fittings altered, and mainmast shifted eight feet aft. Captain Newlands is confident of increasing her speed still more by further improvements which he suggests.
The delay of the steamer from Sydney probably indicates that after all she will bring the mails. The arrival of the Columbian would be telegraphed in Sydney on the 11th inst, when the Nelson steamer ought to have sailed and that for Auckland to be still waiting. But it seems that when the Iris left on the 19th, the Lord Worsley had reached Auckland without the mails, and gave information that the Airedale would wait till the 12th for them. If this be the case, the Airedale must have waited till the 16th for the Columbian, and would therefore be only now due in this port. The Pirate arrived in Otago with the English news on the 21st inst. Having been promised the mail, only one box of old newspapers' was put on .board by the Columbian. The Pirate left Melbourne for Otago the day before the Royal Bride.
The Roman Emperor sailed from Gravesend on the 1st of October for this port with a valuable cargo of goods and 200 chief cabin, intermediate and steerage passengers. The Robert Small, chartered by Willis, Gann, & Co., sailed for this port, Wellington, and Nelson, on the 7th October, with 19 saloon and 162 second cabin and steerage passengers, and a full and valuable cargo. She calls here to land a number of navvies and miners, with their families who have been sent out to commence the important railway works just contracted for. The Clontarf, Captain Allan, from Wellington May 26, arrived in the Downs on the 19th Sept. The John Lawson, Clontarf, and Ambrosine, were loading at London for Canterbury on the 18th September, and the Derwentwater for this port and Otago. The Viscount Sandon cleared from London for Wellington and this port on the 13th October. The White Star packet for October was the Phoenix, cleared on the 12th. For November the Blue Jacket was laid on.