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ARRIVAL OF THE CHAPMAN
The New Zealander January 7th 1857

The long-expected ship Chapman, Capt Robert HARLAND, came into harbour, anchoring withinside the North Head on Monday about 3 p.m.   An unusual and tantalising prevalence of light winds has protracted the passage of this fine looking and fast ship to a period of 127 days.  She sailed from Deal on 1 September and on 13 November put into Simon’s Bay, Cape of Good Hope, for a supply of water, sailing again after a stay of 6 days and making the coast of NZ on 3 inst.  The Chapman has brought 7 officers and 88 rank and file of the 58th Regt, Staff Asst Surgeon MINES lately from the Crimea and 38 passengers, civilians.  She has also a quantity of arms, ammunition and military stores on board.  On 14 September exchanged colours with the Dutch ship Custos, from Amsterdam, bound to Ceylon.   On 25 September sent a boat on board the Winterthur, out 105 days from Calcutta, bound for Antwerp.   On 6 October signalled the British ship Earl of Balcarras, bound to Bombay.  On 6 November exchanged colours with the British ship George Marshall, 69 days from London, bound for Sydney.   And on 8 November, sent a boat on board the American ship Sea Eagle, 625 tons, Capt A N WILLIAMS, 74 days from Boston, bound for Madras.   This vessel intended to call at Cape Town but in working up to the anchorage between Robben Island and Blueberg, whilst going about she missed stays and went ashore off Murrays Bay where she got firmly imbedded.