ARRIVAL OF THE ALFRED THE
The Wellington Independent April 19th 1859
The ship Alfred The Great, Captain McIntyre, arrived in this harbour on Sunday afternoon from London via the Cape of Good Hope. She sailed from Gravesend on Tuesday the 7th December, and met with a succession of contrary winds in the Channel. Sea sickness and wet weather made the commencemtn of the voyage very uncomfortable; but all were more or less cheered by the change to fine weather, bringing with it dry decks, cheerful faces, stillness and cleanliness. As the passengers recovered from thei sickness, various things were set on foot to break the monotony of the voyage, among others a newspaper, containing leading and other original articals. This publication was of course a manuscript one, and was entitled the Flying Fish or Tropical Express. It increased from 16 to 35 pages, the later numbers being adorned with ornamented Title Pages, executed in Pen and Ink. The seconf number chronicled the safe delivery of Mrs Boor, (the Surgeon's wife) of a daughter, and contained an appropriate leading article and poetry on the event - they have both done remarkably well on the voyage, and are now in perfect health. The ship scarcelt experienced anything of the trade winds on the north of the line, and was consequently much delayed; and this, together with getting blown westerly off her course, rendered it necessary to put into the cape for water. She arrived at the Cape on the 26th February, remained there 10 days, and sailed again for Wellington on Sunday the 6th March. She made a splendid run to New Zealand, sighting it in 36 days, including two days calm, and two daus foul winds; when contrary winds again awaited her, keeping her beating up for Cook's Strait another week. Several dolphins and two sharks were caught in the Tropics, and a number of Petrels, Albatrosses, Cape Hens, and other birds further South. The health of the passengers has been very good, there being scarcely any sickness, and no deaths have occurred on board. The Hon A G Tollemache, and Lady, are passengers by this vessel, and we cordially welcome them both to the land of their adoption. She brings a large number of passengers, both cabin and steerage, some of whom are for Nelson. The Alfred the Great is one of Messrs Willis, Gann & Co's Line of packets, and appears to be a fine roomy ship. The passengers speak in hight terms of the courtesy and attention of captain McIntyre and of his skilful seamanship.