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The New Zealander October 11th 1856

The long looked for ship Martaban made her appearance in our waters on Wednesday morning after a protracted passage of 115 days, having sailed from Gravesend on 16 June.  Throughout, the passage proved to be a pleasant one, the character of the weather being light and agreeable and the passengers happy and contented with their ship, her commander and the accommodation and supplies provided for them.  In the northern hemisphere, on 13 July, she exchanged numbers with the barque Admiral Collingwood from the Mauritius bound for London.  Also with a Genoa brig bound for Rio de Janeiro.  The captain reports that nothing of note occurred throughout the passage.  Passed close in sight of the island of St Paul and to the south of but did not sight Van Diemens Land.  On 3rd current he made the Three Kings about noon and coasted thence with light northerly winds.  She brings upwards of 100 passengers, many of them being assisted immigrants.  Taken as a whole, we have never seen a more orderly or more respectable body of passengers and it speaks well both for them and for the Commander to hear the kindly terms in which they make mention of each other.  They enjoyed perfect health throughout the passage and received an accession to their numbers during its course, a birth having safely occurred on board.  The Martaban is a fine, roomy, lofty ship and the first constructed of iron that has as yet visited this port.  She was to be followed in two or three days from the date of her departure by the Gipsy which may therefore be hourly looked for; indeed Captain Lawrence expected to have found her here before him.  The Joseph Fletcher, under command of Captain POOK, was about to sail in about a fortnight after the Martaban, her old captain – FOSTER – comes out with his family to settle among us, and several old colonists are also expected to take passage by her.