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The New Zealander August 31st 1859

The long expected British Queen, Captain NOTT, has at length made her appearance, having arrived yesterday at 7.30 a.m. after a tedious and protracted passage of 140 days.  She sailed from Plymouth on 11 April with the wind at west where it stuck fast till 17th after which she had a light easterly breeze for the three following days and then a seven days spell of westerly winds.  Sighted the Desertas and the same day caught the north-east trade, which proved to be very good and carried the ship to 5 deg north lat., passing her between the Cape de Verd Islands and the main.  Crossed the equator on 19 May in 22 deg W long. And had very bad south-east trades, the ship being jammed within 190 miles of Cape Frio.  After that had to contend with light north-easterly winds which prevailed until she fetched the meridian of Greenwich which she did on 16 June.  On 21 June passed the meridian of the Cape of Good Hope in lat. 33.21 S. and on 14 July passed in sight of the island of Saint Paul.  Ran down her easting with far weather between the parallels of 39 and 39.30 deg S, fetching Cape Otway in 42 days.  Entered and passed through Bass Straits on 2 instant with the wind at norther-east.  Was off Manukau Heads on 23rd and made Cape Maria Van Diemen on 25th.  Had light airs along the coast until Saturday and Sunday when she experienced strong breezes from the south-east.  The ship has been very healthy throughout her lengthened passage.  There was one death (a child) and four births.  Immediately on coming to the passengers assembled on the main deck when a complimentary address (read by Mr Hall) was presented to Captain NOTT.  From the official passenger list we find there are 20 labourers; 12 female servants; 6 farmers; 3 shirtmakers; 3 clerks; 2 coopers; 2 drapers; 2 carpenters; 2 gentlemen; 2 general dealers; 2 candle-makers; 1 hair-dresser; 1 stone mason; 1 joiner; 1 gardener; 1 professor of music; 1 shepherd; 1 cabinet-maker; 1 gun-smith.

Auckland Harbour, 30 August 1859
Dear Sir – We the undersigned passengers of the barque British Queen from London, desire to present some expressions of respect and good wishes to a Captain so well entitled to our confidence and esteem.  Your career is so far known of some of us as to shew that you have previously acquired great credit as a skilful Commander and the longer our intercourse has continued with you the more proofs we have had of your kindly disposition, your conciliatory manners and high moral worth.  Identified as you have been with an important epoch in our lives – with the discomforts incidental to so long a voyage as well as with our intense satisfaction at being brought by you, under a kind Providence, in safety to the shores of our adopted land, you will often rec ur to our recollection with feelings of deep regard.  We say farewell with heartiest wishes for your highest good.

Sgd: T H HALL and 57 others.

 Dear Friends
I did not look for a testimonial from you on saying farewell at the termination of our voyage but believe me I highly value what you have been pleased to present and greatly rejoice that I have been able to discharge my duty towards you so as to meet your approval.  And had it been in my power you should have been to your destination with greater speed and greater comfort but you must be aware that much of what comfort consists in is beyond my control.  As regards the few who have not joined in these expressions of good will, some have been pleased to say that they do not object from any ill feeling towards me but if any do hold such feelings, I must do myself the justice to say that it is entirely without cause for though in some instances provoked to be severe, I have tried to be lenient and forbearing.  You now have the delight of entering your long looked for land and I bid you farewell with my most ernest wishes for your happiness and prosperity.

To Mr Hall and other passengers.