Lyttelton Times August 17th 1859
The Minerva has at last arrived, having been in Wellington since July 14. She left that port on Monday morning and had a fair passage down. Part of her passengers are those who were coming on to this port from Melbourne in the Valentine Hellicar, when that vessel was wrecked in Cook Strait. The Minerva is the same vessel which brought out Messrs Wakefield, Sewell and other to this port from England in 1854, but since that time her rig has been altered from a ship to a barque. She has on board a large quantity of cargo consigned here, which we learn has suffered somewhat by being overhauled in the process of getting out Wellington cargo while lying at that port. Ther are on board several passengers originally from London, who have accompained the ship through. On their arrival in Wellington they testified their approval of Captain Merryman as an aquaintance and commander by offering him a testimonial signed by a great majority of the passengers and accompanied by a valuable gold watch.