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The Daily Southern Cross August 9th 1876

The fine new barque Crownthorpe, Captain Everett, arrived in harbour yesterday 102 days from Gravesend, with a large general cargo and several passengers, and is consigned to Messrs Owen and Graham. She is a smart looking iron vessel, Sunderland built, and this is her third voyage, she having made two voyages to Adelaide. The following is a report of the passage: Left gravesened on the 19th April and anchored in Torbay on the 28th, being detained by westerly winds. Left on the 29th with light S S E wind. Caught the N E trades in 22o 58' N and carried them to 4o 30' N. had moderate S E trades, which were caught in 3o N and lost in 23o S. The Equator was crossed on Wednesday, 24th May. The meridian of the Cape was passed on the 26th June, after experiencing very stormy weather in the South Atlantic. Ran down the easting in 42o. Passed the meridian of Cape Lewin July 21. Ran through Bass Straits sighting King Island on the 29th July.Thence to the Three Kings moderate weather with S W winds. made the Three Kings on the 5th August, and thence light winds into port.

Of a near mutiny on board the newspaper reports:

They struck work for twenty four hours, but with the assistance of the passengers, the ship was safely navigated until the offenders returned to a better state of mind. Upon arrival in Auckland, the crew were given in charge for the offence of broaching cargo, and will appear in the Police Court this morning.

The Daily Southern Cross August 10th 1876

William McDonald, Daniel Carr, Richard Peaty, Derry McKilligan, Richard jones, John Cathcart, John Bagnall, John Smith, and Peter Johnstone, sailors, were charged by Captain Everett, of the barque 'Crownthorpe,' with wilful and continued disobedience to his lawful commands on the 3rd of June - Mt Hesketh applied for a remand as he believed there were good grounds for supposing that another charge would be brought against the prisoners when an examination of the 'Crownthorpe's' cargo had been made. Remanded till Friday.

The Daily Southern Cross August 10th 1876

The barque 'Crownthorpe'    Sir, - There have been thousande voted to men who have had good salaries, and have had the means of making ample provision for future events; but a more deserving case I have not heard or read of than that of King, on the barque 'Crownthorpe,' who stood by the captain at all hazards. Now, as there are few here who have not been to sea sometime in life, let them think what might have been the consequence had the crew mutinied. I do think they will not grudge a subscription, however small, as a mark of respect for King's conduct in such a critical moment, for, had he backed the rest of the crew, the 'Crownthorpe' might be amongst the missing. - I am &c.                                                                                                                                       OMEGA