ARRIVAL OF THE GABALVA
New Zealand Herald July 1864
The barque Gabalva, Capt. W. Frazer, arrived in harbour from London, yesterday evening, after a passage of 127 days. She left the Downs on 28th February, having variable winds down the channel, passed outside the Cape de Verde Islands in which latitude she picked up a good NE trade but unfortunately it only lasted for four days and then had very light baffling winds. Crossed the Equator on 11th April, catching the SE trades but for some time time they hung well to the southward, then to the eastward and latterly sprang up from the SE and continued so to the Cape of Good Hope. Passed the meridian of this Cape on 21 May, experiencing fine weather, the wind chiefly prevailing from N and NW. Experienced a terrific gale from SSW which lasted for 18 hours. Passed to the southward of Tasmania and sighted Cape Maria Van Diemen on Friday last, 1st instant. Since which time she has been on the coast with fine weather. She brings a large cargo but only 16 passengers.