ARRIVAL OF THE HERMIONE
New Zealand Herald August 16th 1882
At about 7 am yesterday morning Messrs Shaw Saville and Co's fine ship Hermione entered the harbour, and dropped anchor a short distance above the North Head, after a passage of 104 days. She is a large, proportionately neat-looking vessel of 1120 tons, and comes in charge of Captain D T Roberts, consigned to Messrs Cruickshank and Co., who are the agents here for the owners of the vessel. This is the second time she has visited this port. She brings a full cargo of general merchandise, valued at £43,800, and in addition to that she has brought 17 saloon, 2 second cabin, 24 third cabin passengers, as well as 105 emigrants, the total number of souls on board, exclusive of the crew, being 148. The passage throughout was a comparatively pleasant one, and nothing of any importance occurred during the voyage of special interest save two births. The easting was run down between the latitudes of 40 and 45 deg. S. The vessel, after the passengers on board had undergone the usual medical inspection, again weighed anchor and sailed up mid-stream to off the Queen-street Wharf. She will come alongside the inside of the end eastern tee of the Queen-street Wharf this morning., and the discharge of her cargo will be commenced at once. Captain Roberts supplied the following official report: - Left Gravesend on May 5th, Downs on the 6th, landed pilot off Brixham on May 9, and proceeded on the voyage, clearing the Channel on May 11th; Madeira was passed on the 20th , after a succession of light winds; light westerly winds then set in to the eastward, causing us to sight Palma; the N E trades were found in lat. 260 N; the course was then shaped on the meridian of 200 W; the trades were lost in about 80 N, and the Equator crossed in 270 42' W., at 8 am on June 8; and from the experience of the last voyage at the same season, good S E trades were expected, but they proved light, and only reached 200 S, when strong southerly winds were experienced; it appeared that a strong southerly gale was blowing to the southward, forcing itself up into the trade wind regions; the Cape was not passed until July 6, in 420 S. Between the Meridian of the Crozets and St Paul's, and the west end of Australia, some bad weather was experienced, doing some slight damage, and washing away the temporary structures of the main deck; the meridian of the Lewin was passed on July 24, in 43½0 S, when better weather set in, with northerly winds until July 29, in 44½0 S, 1380 E, when the wind got to the N E, and Tasmania, 1480, was reached on August 5; the easterly winds and fine weather still continued for 10 days longer; made Cape Maria Van Diemen on the 12th August. Took in pilot last night off Tiritiri, and anchored in harbour at 7 am yesterday morning. There were two births during the voyage and no deaths.