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The Daily Southern Cross March 9th 1875

The barque Ada, from London, rounded the North Head last evening  with a large cargo and several passengers whose names are given above and anchored above the powder ground, whence she will come up to port probably tomorrow. The following is the report of passage, the manifest having been published in yesterday's Cross: Captain J Asals states that he left London on the 20th November last, and Gravesend on the 23rd, after the termination of a heavy gale, accompanied by dense foggy weather. Very heavy S S W weather was experienced in the Channel, and a very strong westerly gale was encountered of Cape Ushant, on the 29th, the vessel during the height of its violence having to be hove-to, and remained so for nearly 24 hours, much water being shipped. From there northerly winds were met with, accompanied by heavy squalls, which varied from E to N E. This bad weather continued until December 4th, when the vessel was in latitude 410 34' N, and longitude 140 46' W, when moderate weather and light winds set in. Crossed the Equator on the 26th December, in longitude 210 W and expected light N E trades. Rounded the Cape on 11th January in latitude 320 33' S and longitude 190 39' W. The eastings were run down in the parallel of 440 S, although occasionally the ship was compelled to go as far south as 460. Up to rounding the South Cape of Tasmania on the 22nd ult., in latitude 440 19' S, and longitude 1480 9' E, nothing but a succession of heavy adverse weather was encountered, and from thence dirty weather and frequent squalls from E S E  to N E prevailed.The Three Kings were sighted on the 4th instant, from which time until arrival the vessel has been delayed by light head winds and occasional calms. The Ada will probably come up to port tomorrow, and be berthed alongside the Queen-street wharf. She is a fine clipper vessel, and carries a large cargo on a comparatively light draft of water. She belongs to the firm of Robertson and Co., of London, but was built in Aberdeen nine years ago, and received from Lloyds a class of A1 for 17 years. The Ada has been until this last trip engaged in the China trade, and it is expected that after discharging her cargo here she will proceed to Newcastle, N S W, to load there with coal for a Chinese port.