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The Southern Cross March 12th 1852

The long expected Catherine Stewart Forbes, Capt WRIGHT, arrived in port from London with 68 passengers on Tuesday afternoon after a tedious but prosperous passage of 140 days.  She put into Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope, on 4 January and sailed again on the 9th.   She encountered the furious gale of Friday and Saturday off the Three Kings; during which, we regret to say, one of her seamen was unfortunately knocked overboard from off the main-top-sail yard into the sea, from which there was no possibility of rescuing him.   The only vessel spoken by her was the Robin Hood, Hobart Town whaler.  Ships were scarce and difficult to be had when Capt Wright sailed but another vessel, name unknown, would sail for Auckland – to which port a much larger share of attention was being bestowed – about the middle of November.  The Messrs Willis had laid on a new 900 ton ship, the Agra, for Wellington and to sail about the same time.

 Letter of Testimony: 

To William WRIGHT
Commander of the Catherine Stewart Forbes

Dear Sir,
We, your passengers, beg to return you our most sincere thanks for the strict attention paid to the management of your ship; and also for the just, kind, and gentlemanly manner in which you have treated us.

 We remain, Sir
                Yours obediently,

List of many of the passengers.