ARRIVAL OF THE MELITA
Wellington Independent December 16th 1869
The ship Melita, 914 tons, Captain Grant, from London direct, arrived in this harbour on Wednesday, the 15th December , at 4.00 pm, after a passage of 112 days. She left London on the 24th August, and Gravesend on the 26th. Experienced light variable winds down the Channel and across the Bay of Biscay. She fell in with the N E trades in lat 320 N and long 210 W. Experienced light N E trades until in 130 N lat and 250 W long, when she got light variable winds and rain. Crossed the Equator on the 2nd October, and spoke the barque Ceres, from Shields, bound to madras. From thence to the latitude of the Cape had light S E trades and variable winds, which continued during the remainder of the voyage. She was three weeks from Van Diemen's Land until sighting Cape Farewell, which she did on the 11th December, and had light winds and calms in the Straits. In lat 470 S long 450 26' E, and up from 460 S tp 1060 E saw large quantities of kelp and sea birds - albatrosses, Cape pigeons, Cape hens, petrels, and mutton birds. She brings nine steerage passengers, a full cargo of general merchandise, and is consigned to Mr E Pearce. She came into port looking as clean and smart as if she had just been turned out of dock. Looking at her bright paint, people could hardly believe that she had not put into some port to refit. The light weather experienced had, however, enabled her to pain to the watermark while at sea.