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The Press July 30th 1867

The following is the report of the voyage of the Lancashire Witch, Captain George King, from London:-

This vessel, which belongs to Liverpool, sailed from the East India Docks, London, on April 2nd, 1867; on the 18th of the same month sailed from abrest Edminston light-house, having been detained by head winds and bad weather in the Channel. Crossed the Equator on the 15th May in longitude 24 degs 42 mins W. The meridian of Greenwich was crossed on June 5 in 42 degs 18 mins S latitude. Stormy weather was experienced off the Cape of Good Hope; from thence a succession of head and contrary winds have been met. On Tuesday, July 23, when off the Snares, a heavy thunder storm took place; the vessel was struck forward. Captain King describes the report as similar to the explosion  of a cannon, but the vessel did not sustain any material injury. Made banks peninsula on the 24th instant; had head winds from that point, and arrived in this harbour and dropped anchor at nine am yesterday, the 29th. The Lancashire Witch brings a large number of cabin passengers and immigrants, all of whom are reported in good health. One of the crew (a sailmaker), named Peter Jackson, died on the 14th instant from lung disease; and two births are entered in the log on the passage. Capt., King speaks most favourably of the conduct of the immigrants throughout the voyage.

A few days previous to arrival in this port Captain King received the following letters from the passengers, thanking him for his uniform kindness and courtesy:-

                                         "Ship Lancashire Witch, off Ninety-mile Beach, New Zealand, July 25, 1867.

    "Dear Sir, - We the undersigned, passengers of the ship Lancashire Witch on her outward passage from London to Canterbury, New Zealand, beg to thank you for your kindness to us during the voyage, and the manner in which you have maintained order and regularity on board without making it irksome to us.
    "We beg