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The New Zealander November 6th 1858

The ship Harwood , Captain FORSYTH, was signalled at an early hour of Thursday morning but it was 11 o’clock before her number was made; and in the face of a strong ebb tide and the fierce W.S.W. gale then blowing, she was compelled to come to off the North Head shortly before noon – having made a passage of a hundred days from the Downs, whence she sailed on 26 July, working down Channel and taking her final departure from Beachy Head on 29th with fine weather but light winds.  The first part of her passage proved to be tedious and protracted, both the North-east and South-east trades being very poor and light and baffling winds hanging to her as far as 35 deg South lat.  On 30 August she crossed the Equator in 12 deg 31’ W and on 28 September she was in the meridian of the Cape of Good Hope.  From that date she commenced making up for lost time, running down her Easting, with strong gales and heavy seas between the parallels of 45 and 48 deg S lat.  On 22 ultimo she sighted the South West Cape of Tasmania and from thence experienced a continuance of fresh northerly and N.N.W. winds.  On the 1st, tacked ship to fetch Cape Maria Van Dieman, was abreast of the North Cape on Wednesday at 11 am; passed Cape Brett at 7 the same evening and took the Pilot on board off Rangitoto reef on Thursday at 7 am; the run from the meridian of the Cape having been accomplished in the brief space of 36 days.   Spoke no vessels connected with the Colonies.  The Harwood is a fine little ship and has come into port in clean and creditable order.  She was built at Montrose, has a sharp entrance and a round stern and, in her general appearance, is not unlike the Breadalbane.