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The Star March 5th 1879

Shortly after noon, to-day, the ship City of Quebec, from London, chartered by Messrs Shaw, Saville and Co., was signalled from the south. She left London on Dec. 3.

The Star March 6th 1879 

This ship arrived from London yesterday, after a passage of 91 days. The City of Quebec is and iron vessel of 708 tons register, 25 years old, and owned by Messrs Montgomerie and Workman, late Montgomerie and Greenhorne, of London. She comes out under charter to Messrs Shaw, Savill and Co., and brings a full cargo, besides six second-cabin passengers. Her agents are Messrs Edwards, Bennett and Co.

The passage has been a fine weather one, only one heavy gale having been experienced, during which a heavy broke aboard, doing considerable damage to bulwarks, boats, &c. Among her cargo are four large guns for harbour defence. Two of them are 5-ton guns and the other two 7-ton.

On Monday, Feb. 24, at 1 a.m., during a heavy south-south-west gale and a high cross sea the vessel shipped a sea which carried away the bulwarks on both sides from abaft the house on deck to the break of the poop, the iron stanchions of the skids, and smashed the three boats, two chain plates of the rigging being also carried away, and all the battens of the main hatch started. The ship was then in 46.28 south and 153.53 east. Captain Falconer reports that at 1 a.m. yesterday, when off Akaroa, he saw a bright light exhibited from the Heads there, and he brought his ship to, thinking he had overrun his distance, and lay until daylight, when he found that he was only off the Peninsula. The light must have been shown from the lighthouse at Akaroa.