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Evening Post December 8th 1883

The New Zealand Shipping Company's chartered steamer British King, which it will be remembered was the pioneer vessel of the direct steam line from Great Britain to New Zealand, was signalled at 12.30 this afternoon. Owing to the late hour at which she was cleared, we were unable to obtain a rport of her voyage. Her principal dates are as follows: - She left Plymouth on the 5th November and arrived at the Cape of Good Hope on the 28th November, and left again same day for Wellington. Making allowance for detention at Teneriffe and the Cape, also difference of time, her actual steaming will be about 44 days. Captain Kelly is still in command.

The following are the names of her passengers.........[see passenger list]

A signal on board the British King indicates that all are well.