ARRIVAL OF THE ISABELLA
HAMILTON The New
Zealander April 17th 1858
barque Isabella Hamilton arrived from London on Wednesday afternoon after the best passage since that of the Solent, having made the run in 111 days. She
took her departure from the Downs on
24 December, from the Wight on 26th and had very light winds down channel.
Sighted San Antonio, one of the
Cape de Verds, on 23 January and crossed the equator on 1 February, 39 days out. She
had almost no NE trades and very moderate SE trades. She was in the meridian of the Cape of Good Hope on 2 March. Encountered a
perfect hurricane off the SW Cape of Tasmania during which a sea broke over her which
carried away her port quarter boat, doubling up the iron davits like fish hooks, flooding
the poop and destroying a quantity of stores; the foretopsail, under which the ship
was then scudding, was split by the fury of the gale. Made the Three Kings on Monday
at and passed the North Cape at of the same day, experiencing light winds along the coast. A
thoroughbred horse, shipped by Capt Walmsley, unfortunately died during the early part of
the passage but a blood mare, the property of that gentleman, has arrived in safety.
The following vessels were spoken during the passage; on 13 January came up
with and passed the American clipper ship Alam bound for Sydney and on 1 February passed the British ship John Bunyan from London to Sydney. The Isabella Hamilton is a very bonny barque of 238 tons
register, built in Nova Scotia; her
lines are fine, her accommodations good, she has quite the air of a swift and staunch
craft and, in board, she is creditably clean and comfortable.