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Lyttelton Times July 21st 1879

Arrived July 17, 1879 - Harwarden Castle, ship, 1101 tons, Matthews, from London, Edwards Bennettand Co., agents.

Messrs Shaw Savill and Company's chartered ship Hawarden castle, Captain Matthews, which arrived in port on Friday night from London, is an iron vessel ten years old, and owned by Messrs R Mills and Company, Liverpool. The ship brought a large number of passengers, all of whom speak in high terms of praise of the kindness and courtesy shown them by Captain Matthews throughout the passage. The following is the captain's report :- Left Gravesend on April 4 and cast off the tug at Beachy Head. Had moderate weather to clearing the Bay, then strong westerly winds for a few days. The N E trades were light and variable. Crossed the Equator on May 8 in longitude 25.50 west, thirty five days out. Moderate and variable S E trades. Passed the meridian of Greenwich on June 4, was off the Cape on June 8 and St paul's Island, June 23. Met with heavy weather from near Tristan D'Acunha and a heavy southerly gale on June 9. The weather moderated on June 23, the wind shifting to N W and then to the southward, a succession of southerly gales being experienced, to July 12. Sighted the Snares on July 14, and anchored of Ripa Island on Friday night.