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ARRIVAL OF THE MALLARD
The Wellington Independent April 6th 1865

This fine ship arrived in harbour on Tuesday, April 4th, after a passage of 113 days. She left London on the 19th November, 1864, arrived in the Downs on the 22nd, and was detained there until December 11th, by heavy southerly gales. She sighted the Start on the 12th Dec. Passed outside the Cape de Verde Islands and experienced very indifferent NE trades. The Equator was crossed on January 15th, in 27o 6' W. The SE trades were moderately good, but after losing them a continuance of light head winds prevailed. The meridian of the Cape was made on the 11th February, 62 days out. From thence to Tasmania moderate weather was experienced, and the easting was run down between the parallels of 40o and 43o S. Tasmania was rounded on the 21st March, and the coast sighted on the 30th, arriving here, as stated, on Tuesday afternoon. The Mallard is a fine full rigged ship of 637 tons register. She is commanded by Captain J W V Dineley, a gentleman who appears, together with his officers, to have gained the confidence and esteem of the passengers, judging from the manner in which they are spoken of. Since leaving the meridian of the Cape of Good Hope she has averaged a very fair speed, and the run from thence until anchoring in this harbour was made in 51 days. The Mallard is consigned to Messrs Levin & Co, and brings a full cargo of merchandise, and an addition to our population of fifteen souls, all in good health. The barque Rachel which sailed from London, for Canterbury, was spoken on the 31st December. No other vessel bound for these Colonies was signalled during the voyage.