ARRIVAL OF THE HELVELLYN
The Daily Southern Cross November 17th 1863
This fine vessel came up the harbour yesterday morning, and dropped her anchor off the Queen-street Wharf shortly after eight o'clock, after a passage of 120 days from England. She sailed from gravesend on the 14th of July, and on Saturday, the 18th, called in at Dartmouth to take the doctor on board, which protracted the voyage for several days. She left Dartmouth on the 19th July, and experienced fine weather until arriving off the meridian of the cape. Crossed the equator on the 23rd August, in longitude 29 degrees west. No detention was experienced from calms. Passed the meridian of the Cape on the 26th September, in latitude 44 degrees south. After rounding the Cape, met with some severe gales, and encountered rough weather until sighting Tasmania. Made the Three Kings on the New Zealand coast, on Wednesday, November 11th, and had beating weather all down the coast. Dropped her anchor off the North head on sunday morning, being unable to get up the harbour. There were two deaths amongst the passengers on the voyage; the first, on the 23rd July, a Mr Copeland dying of consumption, the second on 29th August, the deceased being Mr Thomas Finn. There was one birth, on the 4th october. One vessel only was spoken with during the passage - the ship 'Raja' from Rio Janeiro (sic), latitude 14o north and longitude 27o west, The Helvellyn is a fine large vessel of 1,017 tons, and is commanded by Captain F S Dalison. She was built in Sunderland, by Messrs Robert Thompson and Son, and has been classed A1 for 13 years. Her accomodation between decks seems to be all that could be wished for, and the health of the passengers during the voyage has been very good. General satisfaction appears to have been given by the captain and officers of the ship, and the services of the surgeon in charge, Dr Asham, have been highly appreciated. Mr W S Laurie is her agent.