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The Wellington Independent June 12th 1869

The barque Moss Trooper, Captain McKenzie, arrived in this harbour yesterday morning, after a protracted passage of 178 days, from London, and 153 from the Downs. She sailed from London on the 15th December, and left the Downs on the 9th January. Experienced average weather during the passage, and sighted Mount Egmont on Sunday last. The length of time occupied on the passage is attributable to the manner in which the vessel is loaded, there being a want of dead weight in her bottom, which made her too crank to carry much sail. She brings four passengers and a full cargo of general merchandise, and is consigned to Messrs Levin & Co. It afforded considerable satisfaction to our mercantile community when this vessel put in an appearance, as from the length of time she has been out serious aprehensions were entertained for her safety.