ARRIVAL OF BARQUE LAURA
Wellington Independent April 2nd 1851
The barque LAURA, 330 tons, Captain R Dambrill, put into this harbour on Sunday morning (30 March), in a leaky condition. The LAURA left Sydney on the 22nd February, laden with a cargo of timber, wool etc and was bound for Liverpool. She had got about 160 miles to the southward of New Zealand, when encountering very heavy weather she sprang a leak; and was compelled to bear up for Port William, Stewarts Island, to inspect the leak. After remaining there a few days, it was thought necessary to take the vessel to Auckland, to have a survey upon her previous to her proceeding on her voyage to England; but meeting with contrary winds it was afterwards thought prudent to come on to this port. On Thursday evening, the 28 ult, she ran on a reef off Cape Farewell where she remained for about four hours. She struck with such violence that the chief officer, Mr Stevenson, who was on the poop at the time, was pitched head foremost on to the quarterdeck, and received severe injuries about the head. Serious thoughts were at one time entertained of abandoning the vessel altogether, as it was considered she would settle down at the flowing of the tide (the leak being all in the upper works) but fortunately the wind shifted to the south east and she was got off. The leak has not increased since meeting with this accident, but the master has thought it necessary to hold a survey upon the vessel before proceeding further on her voyage.
From the same paper:
Imports: In the LAURA from Sydney - Wm Fitzherbert, agent - 272 bales wool, 2 boxes apparel, 2 cases wine, part original cargo for Liverpool, 4 cases 1 package hardware.
Advertisement: 9 May: Shipwrights wanted for the repair of the barque LAURA - apply Wm McKenzie.Advertisement: 20 June: For Liverpool. The fine fast-sailing barque LAURA will sail for the above port early in August and has two cabins disengaged, and has room for a few tons of light goods only. Apply to Capt Dambrill at the office of Wm Fitzherbert.
Sailed: 14 Sept barque LAURA, 329 tons, Dambrill, for Liverpool.