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ARRIVAL OF BEN NEVIS
Otago Daily Times September 22nd 1882

The ship Ben Nevis, from London, arrived off the Heads at 11:15am yesterday, and signalled "All well". She was tendered by the SS Plucky, and towed across the bar at 6pm, anchoring in Mansford Bay at 6.30pm. She was met in the Lower Harbour by the Customs steam launch, and boarded by Mr McDonnell, the tide surveyor, who promptly cleared her in. The Ben Nevis is a smart-looking iron vessel of 1064 tons register, and was built in Glasgow in 1868, by Messrs Barclay, Gurie and Co., for Messrs Watson Brothers of that city. She is classed 100 A1 at lloyds. The Ben Nevis brings 36 passengers, of whom eight are nominated immigrants, and 1300 tons of deadweight and measurement cargo, and is consigned to the New Zealand Shipping Company. The health of her passengers has been extremely good, but one death has taken place - that of John Barrett Brundell, an infant of 12 months old - from convulsions, on July 7th; while during a furious hurricane on August 31st, one of the seamen was washed overboard and drowned. The passage from the dock to anchor has occupied 94 days, and this is a very fair one taking into consideration the fact that she met with no north-east trades, and very poor south-east , while the passage winds did not set in until she had passed the pitch of the Cape of Good Hope; after that she had strong winds and heavy weather across the Southern Ocean, her best days work being logged at 340 miles. Neither ice nor wreckage was seen, and the easting was made in the parallels of from 42 to 43.9 latitude. We are indebted to Captain Mackie for the report of the vessel's passage, which he courteously supplied to the representatives of the Press:- She left the West India Docks at 4pm on June 19th, and was towed down the Thames, landed the River Pilot at the Downs on the 21st, and cast off the tug at Beachy Head; experienced head winds down the channel, and discharged the Channel Pilot off Start Point on June 23rd; took her departure of the Lizard on the next day at 6pm; experienced very light E and N E winds across the Bay of Biscay, and took them down to latitude 15 N on July 12th; thence she experienced a long spell of calms and variables, and on July 27th, in latitude 0.21 N, took the first of the S E Trades, crossing the Equator on the same day, in longitude 26.8 W; the S E Trades were very poor, and gave out in latitude 17 S; thence she experienced light variable winds down to latitude 31 S., longitude 22.48 W, on August 13th; They were followe by northerly and north-east winds, and she crossed the meridian of Greenwich on August 18th, in latitude 39.55 S; carried the northerly winds to latitude 40.20 S, longitude 17.7 E, on August 21st, and rounded the Cape of Good Hope on August 22nd, in latitude 41.30 S; thence she took the passage winds, which veered from S W to N W, attended by strong gales and heavy seas across the Southern Ocean, and on August 29th encountered a very  heavy S W gale, which increased to a hurricane on the next day, in latitude 41.40 S, longitude 62 E; it was attended by heavy snow squalls and a terrific sea, which pooped the vessel at 4am, carrying away the