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Evening Post March 5th 1883

The barque Montrose, 997 tons, Captain A Billett, arrived here from London yesterday, taking up her present anchorage about half-past 9 o'clock last evening. She is 89 days out from Gravesend, and 87 days from the Lizards, having left the latter on the 7th December. She brought 35 passengers, two of whom - Messrs Cobb and Mills (sic) - had saloon passages. These are reported all well. There were also on board 52 prize sheep, which Mr Robert Cobb, of Foxton, went Home to select, and which were spoken of as an exceedingly fine collection. Seven of these, however, died on the way out. The voyage is described as having been a fine one on the whole, though several heavy gales were experienced. We are indebted to Mr Holmes, the shief mate, for particulars of the passage. On the 12th December a heavy gale was met with in lat 41, long 13 W. The Equator was passed on 30th December in long 300 20. On 10th January spoke the ship Three Brothers, from San Francisco to Antwerp, 75 days out, 31 S., 320 20 W. Passed meridian of Greenwich 21st January. Seven large icebergs were sighted on 23rd January, the vessel passing between two of them. One of these was about 300 feet in height and half a mile in length, while the other was 100ft high and a quarter of a mile long. Cape Pillar was passed on 21st February, 76 days out. Kept in the Straites for four days, owing to a gale of wind from the S E. The Montrose is consigned to the New Zealand Shipping Company.