(from the "Otago Witness", March 12, 1853)
The "Royal Albert," from London direct, arrived at the heads on Saturday night, the 5th inst. She sailed from London on the 1st November, and from the downs on the 9th. She brings 120 passengers, about 50 of whom are for this place, Owing to some difficulty which we are unable to explain at present, she is still lying off the native village, inside the heads.
Dunedin, Saturday, March 19, 1853
The "Royal Albert" has been unable to come higher up the harbour than the Native Village, off which she is now lying discharging her cargo, to the serious inconvenience of all concerned. It would appear that the "Royal Albert" is of a peculiar construction, drawing a great depth of water, 18 ft.4in., in proportion to her tonnage, 650 tons. We also learn that a bank has been for some time forming off the Native Village, upon which there are but 18feet 6 inches of water at high water, rendering it unadvisable to bring up a vessel drawing so much water as the "Royal Albert" does.
Arrived. March 6th, ship Royal Albert, 662 tons, Norris, master, from London. Passengers:Cabin Hall George Hall Agnes Hall Miss Johnson Fanny Lang Joseph MacDonald Mr and Mrs Natress Mr and Mrs Natrass Ann Ogilvie Mr. Mrs and Miss Oxford Sarah Smith John Williams George D. Intemdiate and Steerage Aitken Mr and Mrs Atiken William Ayson Mr and Mrs Ayson Miss Ayson Ann, William, John Ayson Alexander, Elizabeth, Robert and Hugh Ayson James Ayson James, senr. and Ayson Peter Bannatine Mr and Mrs Bott Thomas Botterill Thomas Buck James Couty Mr and Mrs Couty Emily and John Crossman Mrs Crossman Ann, George, and Samuel Couper John Davidson Mr and Mrs de Lacy Corbett Thomas Dixon Mr and Mrs Dixon Catherine, George, and Eliza Dixon M. Fawcett Isaac Farmer William Hall Edward Helburne Joseph Henne Mr and Mrs and child Hunter John Hunter Margaret Johnson Mr and Mrs Johnson Eliza Kennedy John Lindsay Mr and Mrs Lindsay Ann and William Levi Mr and Mrs M'Cabe James McLeod Christina Nichol Mary Nicholas James Reid Mr and Mrs Reid Jane Reid Mr and Mrs James Reid Catherine, James, and William Reid James Rutland Mrs Rutland Julia Ann, Joshua, George, Dudley, and Henry Sedcole Elizabeth Speid Alexander, James, and William Speid Mary, Jean, Helen, John, Agnes and Eliza Stevens Mr and Mrs Stevens Sarah, Mary, and Emma Stevens Edward Sutherland Donald Styles Mary Tucker Stephen Walker James Watson William Williams Mr and Mrs Williams Lewis F Williams Henry
J.Macandrew and Co., agents.
March 26 Otago Witness
Sailed. March 24, ship Royal Albert, 662 tons, Norris, master, for Wellington.
PassengersOgilvery Mr and Mrs Nattress Mr and Mrs Nattress Miss Oxford Miss Johnson Miss Macdonald Mr and Mrs Smith Mr John Hall Mr George Hall Mrs and Miss Williams Mr George
and 61 in the steerage. J. Macandrew & Co., agents.
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