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New Zealander May 22nd 1858

The stranger...proved to be the Breadalbane, Captain James, from Braddeck, Nova Scotia, whence she sailed on the 28th December, and has, consequently, been 144 days in reaching this anchorage. She has experienced a remarkably pleasant passage ahving had nothing but fine weather until she made the New Zealand Coast. She met no north-east trades, but never got becalmed, having picked up the south-east trade in latitude 2 deg. north...

Being short of water, Captain James went into Simon's Bay, Cape of Good Hope, on the 4th March, remaining there eighteen days to refresh.

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Between the 8th and 10th inst., and between longitude 160 deg. and 167 deg. east, latitude 38 deg. south, sperm whales were seen. On the 9th, spoke the brigantine Louisa, Captain Honeyman, from Sydney, bound for Nelson. Captain Honeyman was kindly furnished a supply of fresh meat and vegetables...

On the 11th Captain James made the land to the southward of Manukau and for eight days was baffled with a continuance of heavy weather, the barque having come to on Thursday night and being for two days within the waters of the Gulf. She has brought us an addition of 160 souls to our population, a hale, hearty and stalwart body, who, we trust, will render their migration as beneficial to their own interests, as advantageous to ours. There has been no sickness - no deaths, but one birth - a matter of much credit and thankfulness in so small and numerously peopled a ship. The Breadalbane is a beautiful vessel of 224 tons tons register, three years old, built of hacmatac, for the China trade. Her model is perfect, and her lines exceedingly symmetrical, and we much mistake, when in trim, if she be not a thorough clipper. She was to be followed about the present monyh of May, by a clipper brigantine of 170 tons, built for the same owners as the Breadalbane, and ready for launching at the date of the barques departure

New Zealander May 29th 1858

The clipper barque Breadalbane is about to change owners...having been purchased by our worthy and enterprising fellow citizens, Messrs. Henderson and McFarlane....

The newcomer has not been suffered to remain long at her anchors; like the Gazelle no grass is to gather on her copper. Arrived on Friday last from a five months' voyage, she has debarked her numerous passengers and gone to sea again in six days

By Miss Bessie Sutherland whose family were on board

The Breadalbane sailed on Christmas Eve, 1857, and arrived in Auckland on 24th (21st) May, 1858. She was owned and, I think, built by Charles Campbell. She was navigated by Captain James, a very fine seaman...They had to put into the Cape of Good Hope for minor repairs and remained there for about two weeks.

Some of the passengers who were suffering from sea-sickness were glad of the chance of going ashore and staying there for some time. Otherwise, I think that the voyage was without incident.

The chief officer was Charles Lewis.

Hacmatac = American Larch. Also called Tamarack.