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The Evening Post August 19th 1878

The ship Abeona, 997 tons, Captain Groshart, under charter to the New Zealand Shipping Company, arrived off the Heads this morning from London. She left the docks on the 1st May, which would thus give her a a rather protracted passage of 110 days. Her cargo consists of a large general one, and she also brings a number of passengers. The N W wind blowing to-day prevented her making our harbour up to the hour we went to press, but as the steamer Rangatira was sent out to her this afternoon, no doubt she will be towed in about six o'clock.

The Evening Post August 20th 1878

The ship Abeona, as we mentioned yesterday, arrived off the heads in the forenoon and was brought to an anchor at 8 o'clock last night by Pilot Holmes. She is a fine iron ship, built byMessrs Stephens, of Glasgow, in 1867, and is under the command of Captain Groshard. Her passengers, of whom there are 13, have arrived in good health. She left Gravesend on the 1st may, and was off the Lizard on the 6th; the Equator was crossed on the 5th June; passed the meridian of the Cape on the 7th July. In the Channel had light westerly winds and thick weather; then for ten days strong S W and S gales in crossing the Bay of Biscay; when off Tristan d'Acunha met with S E gales for five days. From the 15th July to the 19th a terrific gale from the S W was experienced with the sea running mountains high, during which a tremendous sea broke on board, breaking in the main hatch, smashing the long boat, and stove in her bulwarks an on the port side, besides doing some other damage. The sea must have been a fearful one, as several of the large iron stanchions were snapped by carrots, and the strong iron bulwark twisted as if it were cardboard. During this time the ship made no water in the hull, but of course as the hatch was stove in, a large quantity found its way down to the cargo, and a considerable portion must be damaged. The ship had run 360 miles to the north out of her course for safety. On 31st Julypassed meridian of Cape Lewin in latitude 48 deg S from thence had strong N E and N winds, leading her into 51 deg S; as the wind still kept to the northward, came south about, sighting the Snares on the 11th inst., variable weather was experienced up the coast to arrival, as stated above. She is under charter to the New Zealand Shipping Company.