ARRIVAL OF THE ASTEROPE
New Zeland Spectator & Cooks Strait Guardian October 8th 1864
The fine clipper ship Asterope, Captain A. Stuart, from London, arrived in port last evening, after a passage of 92 days from land to land. She left Gravesead on the 26th June, and Land's End on the 1st July; experienced light variable winds the first part of the passage; crossed the Line on the 31st July; passed the Meridian of the Cape of Good Hope on the 24th August; experienced a severe S.W. gale off Kerguelan's Land which blew away the jib, split the foresail, and washed away poop ladders and part of the bulwarks on both sides; for the remainder of the voyage experienced light winds. Was becalmed off Tasmania seven days, sighted it on the 26th September; sighted Cape Farewell on the 1st October, experienced a strong S.E. gale for three days, and since light easterly winds and calms in the Strait, and arrived in port last night in beautiful order. She brings 48 passengers, and there was one birth during the passage. Three old settlers have returned by the Asterope after a visit to the Mother Country, viz., Mr. and Mrs. Worsley and Mr. Edwards of Wairarapa. A very superior bull and cow of the short-horn breed have arrived in excellent order; we understand they have been imported by Mr. Canning and Messrs. Nairn Brothers of Ahuriri, whither they will be sent by the first steamer. The Asterope brings a full cargo of general merchandise and is consigned lo Messrs. Levin & Co.