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Lyttelton Times August 10th 1863

The ship Epsom, from London, brought up the heads on Sunday afternoon, after a tedious passage of 128 days from the Downs. Captain Vaux reports experiencing a succession of contrary winds and severe gales. When a little to the north of the line the Epsom was over hauled by a vessel supposed to be one of the American privateers. The evening was far advanced, but sufficiently light to discover a steamer making a circuit of the ship. During the passage a number of the crew fell sick, and at times the captain was obliged to get the steerage passengers to lend a hand at the pumps. A report having got abroad to the effect the ship was very leaky, and that the crew were knocked up in consequence of the excessive labour at the pumps. Captain Vaux wishes to give a contradiction to the assertion. The Epsom brings 15 passengers in the cabin and eight in the steerage, beside a large general cargo, including 400 barrels of gun powder consigned to Holmes and Co.