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The New Zealander April 17th 1858

The clipper 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 2 a.m. and passed the North Cape at 10 a.m. 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.