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Evening Post July 13th 1877

The New Zealand Shipping Company's chartered ship City of Madras, 999 tons, Captain Grainger, from London, anchored in our harbour at 7 o'clock last night, after a very fair passage of 89 days.

To her commander we are indebted for the following particulars of the trip:- She left Gravesend on the 14th April, and had a good run down the Channel, landing the Pilot on the 17th; to the Equator, which was crossed on the 28th day out, had light variable winds; when off the island of Tristan d'Acunha, experienced a very heavy gale from the N W, with high sea, during which a portion of her bulwarks were carried away; the meridian of the Cape of Good Hope was passed on 5th June; her easting was run down between latitude 42 and 44 deg; Tasmania was passed on the 1st inst, and from thence till making the Snares on Tuesday, had light northerly winds, after which to arrival strong S W. She was off Lyttelton at 2 am yesterday, and as Wellington Heads were made at 4.30 pm same day, it speaks well for her sailing qualities. The passage has been an altogether pleasant one, and there has been no sickness of any kind on board. Her passengers consist of 30 Government immigrants, and one saloon passenger, all of whom speak in high terms of the captain and surgeon (Dr H R Machlachan), to both of whom very flattering testimonials were presented on arrival of the vessel.

The last voyage of the City of Madras was from London to Adelaide, and prior to that she was chiefly engaged in the Calcutta trade. She is owned by Messrs Smith and Sons, Glasgow. She will come alongside the wharf to-morrow morning, weather permitting.

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The City of Madras, which arrived in this harbour last night, brings 30 nominated Government immigrants (equal to 24 statute adults) for the Fielding settlement. Telegraphic information of their arrival has been sent to Mr Halcombe, and failing any instruction by telegram from him to the contrary, Mr Redward, the immigration officer at this port, will forward them to Foxton by the Tui this evening.