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ARRIVAL OF THE MELITA
The Wellington Independent January 3rd 1871

The ship Melita, Grant, master, arrived in harbour on Sunday afternoon, after a passage of 113 days. She left the Isle of Wight on the 17th September, after knocking about ten days before getting clear of land. She was equally unfortunate in making land here, as she was seven or eight days beating about outside the heads. The passage otehrwise (sic) was a very fine one. Amongst the passengers are the Rev., Mr Irwin (Irvine?), for napier, and two sons of Captain Taylor of Wanganui. Mr E Pearce is agent. The Melita is still anchored in the stream.