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The New Zealander June 23rd 1858

The long looked-for Bride has arrived at last, she has had a terrible passage of 141 days, during the whole of which she has been at sea, calling at no intermediate port.  She sailed from Gravesend on 31 January; passed through the Downs on 2 February, experiencing head winds and tempestuous weather and only clearing the Channel on 8 February.  Her progress thereafter appears to have been still greatly retarded inasmuch as it was only on 24th she sighted Palma one of the Canaries, 45 miles distant and on 6 March, Sanantonio, one of the Cape de Verds, 25 miles distant.  She met with moderate but steady NE and SE trades and crossed the equator on 17 March (46 days out).  In the southward hemisphere the weather proved to be quite as severe and unfavourable as in the northern.  On 24 April when reducing sail, a sad accident took place.  One of three men who were discovered to be in a state of intoxication from having obtained access to a part of the cargo, came on deck and insisted on going aloft; and in spite of the commands of the Master to the contrary, got as far as the main-top-sail yard at the moment that the sail, which had been reefed, was being hoisted up again.  The unfortunate drunkard (Charles HEINBERG by name) then slid down the topmast backstay, until he got abreast of the maintop, when he lost his hold and came to the deck by the run, striking a boy named Walter NORTH in his descent with such terrible force that the poor boy died within 20 minutes.  HEINBERG himself was injured mortally, one of his arms was broken, and blood poured from his right ear; his arm was set and every attention paid him by Dr SINCLAIR but he died in the course of the following day.  Another death also occurred, Meroo PARTELLO, a seaman, of inflammation on 11 May.  Much to the misfortune of our Colonial stock holders, there have been several casualties amongst the valuable horses so anxiously expected.  Mr James WILLIAMSON’s fine Clydesdale horse was the first to go, dying just two days after the ship left the Downs and whilst she was hammering hard at it off Beachey Head.  On 3 April, when it might have been hoped the worse of the passage was over, another horse, a grey, which is represented to have been a splendid animal, also died, leaving a thoroughbred bay (which has arrived in safety) the sole survivor.  A pure short-horned Durham bull and cow have come out in capital condition; likewise 7 ewes (Oxford Downs) out of 8, with 2 tups of the same breed; there are also a China boar and sow and some fowls of the Game and Dorking breed.  A good many ships were seen during the passage; amongst others exchanged colours with the barque Royal Saxon from Swansea bound for St Helena.  18 March exchanged colours with the French ship Pompee, 29 days from Bourdeaux bound to Callao and, on the same day, with the Dutch barque Dr V Thunen Tooenello, 34 days from London bound for Adelaide.  25 March exchanged colours with the ship Stornaway from Liverpool bound to Shanghai.   Notwithstanding her long and harassing passage the Bride has come into port in a clean and orderly manner that reflects much credit upon Capt SPOWART and his officers.  Among her passengers in our old acquaintance, Dr SINCLAIR who looks nought the worse for his protracted sea imprisonment.