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Wellington Independent September 21st 1867

The favourite and regular trader Asterope, under the command or our old friend Capt Stuart, was signalled at the Heads early on Thursday morning, and in the course of the afternoon dropped anchor in the harbour, after a passage of 97 days. She let Gravesend on Friday, June 14th, and had a quick run down the Channel, which she left on the 17th June. Th N E trades were favourable though rather light, and on the 17th July the vessel crossed the equator. Moderate S E trades prevailed until the island of Trinidad was sighted on 20th July. After passing the meridian of Tristan d' Acunha she encountered strong S S E winds, with heavy sea, for ten days. Passed the meridian of the Cape of Good Hope on August 9th. Fine weather lasted for the remainder of the voyage. On the 4th September, rounded Tasmania, and sighted Cape Farewell on Friday, September 13th; here she was becalmed for two days, and arrived off Cape Farewell on the 15th, where she experienced the force of a strong S E gale; she made Wellington Heads on the 18th, having been becalmed for two days in the Straits. She brings 12 cabin and 90 steerage passengers, all of whom are in the best of health, and express themselves much gratified at the courtesy displayed towards them on the voyage by Capt Sturart and his officers.

The following testimonial has been presented to Captain Stuart:-

"We the undersigned passengers on board the Asterope are desirous of conveying to Captain Stuart and his officers, Messrs Neville and Robertson, our sincere thanks for the unremitting attention paid to the comforts of us all on every occasion during the voyage to Wellington, New Zealand. We most sincerely trust their future wishes may be fulfilled, as they most richly deserve to be:-

There follow the names of those signing this petition.