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The New Zealander May 2nd 1855

The barque Cornubia, Capt ELLISON, arrived in harbour on Saturday morning after a tedious passage of 126 days having sailed from the Downs on 23 December and from the Land’s End on 5 January.  She called at no intermediate port.  During the early part of the passage in the northern hemisphere, she encountered heavy weather and was 50 days before teaching the equator.  She has brought about 15 passengers for Canterbury and 35 for Auckland, some of the latter old colonists and several artisans engaged by Messrs WHITLAW & Co. for their flax factory.  Spoke the barque Alexander, 45 days from London, for St Helena, likewise the ship Eagle for Melbourne, to the southward of the line.  The Cornubia is one of Messrs Young’s line of NZ packets and the first that has made her way to Auckland direct.  She is to be followed by the barque John Phillips via Nelson and Wellington and the fine new ship New Era via Lyttelton.