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January 17th 1880

When the steamer Charles Edward left Nelson last evening the immigrant ship Eastminster was weighing anchor to sail for Wellington. The passengers are all well and the West Coast portion (27) were transhipped to the steamer Murray on Thursday and conveyed to their destination, while those for New Plymouth (27) were forwarded by the Tairoa yesterday. The Nelson and Marlborough lot (54) were landed yesterday morning; about 200 come on to Wellington. The Eastminster is a very fast sailing vessel, and on the passage out passed every vessel she saw, and the ship Piako, bound for Lyttelton, was sighted and passed twice by her. The greatest distance logged in one day was 383 miles. From the 18th December to the 4th January some splendid runs were made, varying from 200 to 300 miles daily, the weather being so fine as to admit of the small sails being carried all the time. New Zealand was sighted about Milford Sound, on the 9th inst, being 75 days from land to land. The ship may be looked for to-night or to-morrow morning. A telegram having been received this afternoon to the effect that she sailed at 8 last night.

January 19th 1880

This fine ship arrived off Wellington Heads at 5 pm on Saturday, from London, via Nelson, but owing to the strong N W wind blowing she had to anchor outside until the Hawea towed her in at 4pm yesterday. All particulars of her trip worth noting we published on Saturday. Her batch of immigrants were landed to-day in the Moa, and appear to be a fine looking lot of people. By the Hawea 20 were forwarded to Napier to-day, 20 go by the Manawatu to Wanganui and 25 by the Stormbird to Foxton this evening. The remainder went up to the Barracks this afternoon. The Eastminster is consigned to Messrs. W and G Turnbull and Co.