ARRIVAL OF THE CROWNTHORPE
The Evening Post December 1st 1877
The New Zealand Shipping Company's chartered vessel Crownthorpe, 812 tons, Captain Everett, arrived in our harbour at 8:30 this morning, after a passage of 110 days, bringing a large general cargo. She sailed from Gravesend on 13th August, and on the 19th landed the pilot. Madeira was made on the 31st of same month. The Equator was crossed on the 24th September, and from thence she made a very good run to the Cape, passing it on the 18th October. She came south about, rounding the Snares on the 25thult; was off Banks Peninsula on the 28th, and on Thursday was becalmed off Kaikoura. At 12 o'clock yesterday, got a southerly breeze, which brought her up to the Heads, the pilot boarding at 7:30 this morning, and brought her in as above. The voyage throughout has been a very pleasant one, very little rough weather being experienced. When in the tropics one of the seamen had a narrow escape from drowning. He and another were fishing for porpoises out on the martingale, when the vessel giving a sudden dive, he was washed off. The ship was immediately put about, and a boat lowered; within a very few minutes the sailor was on deck again, none the worse for his ducking. Amusements of various kinds, concerts, &c., were introduced during the passage out, and everything possible was done to relieve the tedium of a long voyage. The passengers presented the captain with an address which speaks in the highest terms of the officers for their continued exertions to make the passage agreeable; in this the captain's wife also falls in for a large share of compliments for her untiring efforts to make everything pleasing. We are indebted to Captain Everett for particulars of the trip. The Crownthorpe is an iron vessel, about four years old, and last year went to Auckland.