ARRIVAL OF THE KENSINGTON
Lyttelton Times July 19th 1862
At last we are able to announce the welcome intelligence of the arrival of the Kensington. A ship was signalled about 11am yesterday, and at 3pm it was known in Lyttelton and Christchurch that it was the long absent Kensington.
Her voyage seems to have been a succession of petty disapointments, occasioned by light winds and calm. She left Gravesend on Febuary 6, and encountered strong westerly winds for about three weeks between Cape Finisterre and Madera crossed the line on March 19th. During these gales she lost one of the thoroughbred horses, the only casualty which happened to the stock during this protracted voyage, all the rest including the sheep, being in excellent condition.
Spoke to the Brig Seahorse homeward bound from Calcutta, about 4 degs N.L, and 22 deg. 45 min. W.Lonongitude.
Called at the Cape on May 10, and left again on the 16th, since when the ship has not had steady wind for 24 hours together.
Rounded the Snares without sighting them on Thursday, 8th instance, and met with light airs and calm ever since. The passage from Gravesend, including the detention at the Cape, occupied 182 days, we are glad to report the passengers all ingood health, and to hear that they speak in the highest terms of Captain King and his ship.