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New Zealand Herald March 2nd 1883

The fine iron ship Brahmin, under the flag of the New Zealand Shipping Company, arrived in harbour yesterday morning after a moderately fine weather passage of 98 days from port to port, or 94 days from the Downes to the Three Kings. The ship comes into port in a most excellent condition, and the passengers (32 adults and 36 children) speak highly of the attention that was paid to their comfort during the voyage. Measles were said to be prevalent amongst the children during the passage, but Dr Philson found no traces of them when he visited the ship on Thursday, and therefore at once admitted the ship to pratique. One birth occurred on the voyage, Mrs Annie E Hussey being delivered of a daughter on 22nd February. Captain Sowells reports of the passage as follows: - Left London on November 22nd, Gravesend on the 23rd, and the Downs on the 25th. Cast off steam tug off Beachy Head on the 26th, at 4 am, and strong gales of wind from the westward, which continued up to the 6th December; consequently did not get clear of the Channel until that date. On the 11th passed Madeira, and on the 21st crossed the Equator in 29o W., 25 days out from London, the N E trades proving fairly good. Took the S E Trades from off the Equator, and on the 8th January passed Tristan d'Acunah, and on the 14th, in Lat 41o 18' S, Long 8o 03' E, passed a number of very large icebergs, some of them being 250 to 350 feet high. On the 16th passed the meridian of the Cape of Good Hope. Ran down our eastings between the parallels of 46o and 47o S; the prevailing winds being from south, S W, and westerley, and proving very light. February 8, rounded Tasmania and made the Three Kings at 4 pm on the 25th. Next day at noon rounded the North Cape, with light S E and southerly winds, arriving in harbour as above. The Brahmin will be berthed at the Queen Street Wharf as quickly as possible to discharge her cargo.