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The Evening Post November 20th 1887

The Shaw Savill and Albion Company's barque Merope arrived in port at 5pm yesterday, after a run of 99 days from Gravesend. She left London on the 31st December last, called at Gravesend to ship a quantity of powder, and was towed to Dungeness. Had light south winds down the Channel. The pilot left her off the Lizard on the 4th Jan. The N E trades were met in lat 26dg N., long 21dg W., and carried the ship to 2dg N. Crossed the Equator in 25dg W., on 28th June and the meridian of Greenwich on the 28th Feb; passed Cape Leuwin on the 18th March, Tasmania eight days later, and sighted Stephens Island at 11 o'clock on Tuesday night last. At 4 yesterday afternoon she was boarded by Pilot Holmes, and brought in to the powder anchorage as above. The barque Closeburn, bound for Lyttelton, was spoken on the 8th inst, about 50 miles north of Stephens Island, and reported all well. The Merope had light favourable weather till reaching Cape Farewell, when a strong S E gale sprang up, with thick weather and rain. We may mention that the vessel is under the command of Captain Sutherland, to whom the passengers presented a testimonial, signed by them for the efficient manner in which he commanded the ship. She is consigned to Levin & Co.