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The Evening Post August 25th 1871

The ship Halcione, Captain Bishop, from London, arrived in port last evening at 5.30. Captain Bishop reports having left London on 31st May, and Deal on 1st June. Had fine weather in the English Channel, and cleared it on 4th June. Fresh breezes and moderate weather were experienced in passing through the Trades. Crossed the Equator on 27th June. In the Meridian of the Cape 21st July. Passed Tasmania on 11th August. Made the land off Mount Cook on 20th August. Spoke the schooner ?, from Melbourne to Greymouth, and obtained from her fresh vegetables, and requested to be reported. Passed Cape Farewell at 2.20 pm on Wednesday (23rd inst). Arrived off the pilot station at 8 am yesterday morning. Had occasional strong breezes, but no heavy gales, during the voyage. On arrival, Captain Bishop was presented by the passengers with the following complimentary address to himself and his officers: - "To Captain Thomas Bishop - Halcione, 24th August , 1871 - Dear Sir - We, the undersigned passengers of your ship, are desirous before we part of expressing to you our best thanks for the efforts you have made during the voyage for our comfort and amusement. We have marked with great satisfaction the able and conciliatory way in which you have maintained the good discipline and the quiet order so observable during the whole of the voyage. We also wish to express our best thanks to Mr Wright, Mr Beck, and the crew for the pleasant manner in which they have done their duty. We hope that Mr Wright will soon obtain, with your help, the promotion he deserves, and that in the number and success of his voyages to New Zealand he may no mean rival of his present able and esteemed commander. We much regret that Mrs Bishop was unable to accompany you on this voyage, but trust you will receive good accounts of her and your family very shortly. With every wish for your continued happiness and prosperity, we are, &c."

The Evening Post August 26th 1871

On the arrival of the Halcione, Dr Bulmer, surgeon of the ship, was presented by the steerage passengers with the following friendly address: - "Dear Sir - At the end of this successful voyage we, the undersigned passengers, wish to express to you our sincere thanks for your kind attention, and the interest you hav etaken in our welfare, during the whole period of our stay on board the Halcione. Believing it is your intention to commence practice in New Zealand, we accordingly wish you every success, and we feel sure your zeal will be appreciated by all those with whom you may be brought in contact. With our best wishes to Mr Bulmer, and hoping she will find New Zealand everything that she desires, we are, &c."