ARRIVAL OF THE ABOUKIR
Daily Southern Cross September 7th 1870
The fine ship Aboukir, under the command of Captain Langlands, arrived in harbonr from London yesterday afternoon, after a very fair passage of 96 days. Besides a full general cargo the Aboukir brings 73 passengers, who have all apparently arrived in excellent health, and one and all of them speak in very favourable terms of the kindness and attention shown to them during the passage by Captain Langlands. There was one birth dining the voyage. The following report of the passage has been kindly supplied to us by Captain Linglands:- Left London on June 1st, and Gravesend on the 2nd. Experienced light winds and fogs down the Channel. On the 5th took final departure from Start Point, and had moderate N.E. trades to the Equator, which was crossed on July 1st in 25 W; picked up the S.E. trades in 5 N: they continued light, taking the vessel to 28 S. Passed the meridian of the Cape of Good Hope in 44 S. on July 26 (55 days out from Gravesend). After losing the S.E. trades, experienced light westerly winds, with heavy seas, during which the ship laboured heavily, shipping large quantities of water, the ship going down to 45o S. From thence to Tasmania had a continuation of northerly winds. Passed Tasmania on August 20 - 8O days out. Owing to the northerly winds the vessel was carried to within two days' sail of Otago. From thence to the Three Kings strong S.E. gales, with high mountainous seas, were experienced, during which the ship had to be hove-to several times. Passed the Three Kings on Thursday last. On the coast light airs and calm prevailed till arrival.
Daily Southern Cross September 8th 1870
The following address has been presented to Captain Langland:- "To Captain Langland - Sir, - Before leaving the good ship Aboukir, we, the undersigned passengers from London to Auckland, beg to tender our most hearty thanks to you for the many efforts you have made to promote our cornfort while on board, and also for the great, care and kindly disposition which you have evinced towards us during the long voyage, now approaching its close. We sincerely wish you every success in the prosecution of those arduous duties you are so well qualified to fulfil, and, with our best wishes for your future happiness, remain faithfully yours." [Signed by George B.Harris, and 49 others.]