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New Zealand Herald May 8th 1873

The ship Parsee, 1281 tons, Captain Nelson arrived in harbour shortly after 9 o'clock yesterday morning, after a good passage of 103 days from land to land. The Parsee brings five saloon passengers and 98 emigrants, a large proportion of whom are Government immigrants. The passage on the whole has been a very fine one. There have been no deaths on the passage, and only one birth, and no sickness. The vessel anchored off Rangitoto Reef at 1 o'clock yesterday morning, and the pilot went on board about nine o'clock when the ship was brought up the harbour and anchored off the Queen St Wharf shortly after 10 o'clock. Dr Philson then went on board and gave the vessel a clean bill of health, when she was at once admitted to pratique.

The friends of the passengers at once went on board to welcome the new comers.

The Parsee is a fine iron clipper ship, and came into port in a very cleanly condition. As the name of the ship denotes, she was formerly in the Indian trade, and was renowned for the rapidity with which she made her passages. The following is the report of her passage:-

Left East India docks on the 11th January, and anchored off Greenhithe for three days. Passed Gravesend on the 14th ; Dungeness 15th; and Portland on the 17th; landing pilot the next day. Experienced very heavy W. S. W. gales in the Channel, and heavy cross seas, many of which broke on board, doing considerable damage. The wheel was carried away by one of these seas. The lifeboat was also washed off the davits, the main deck was filled with water, and one of the ventilators carried away, by which the 'tween decks became flooded. The weather having moderated, the vessel experienced variable winds while shaping for the southward. Canary Islands were sighted on the 5th February, on which day the N. E. trades were picked up in lat 34.23 deg. N. and long 13 deg. W. These proved fresh, and were carried nearly to the Line, but were lost on the 14th February. Crossed the equator in the long 23.27 deg. W. on the 18th February. Derived the benefit from the S. E. trades, as the winds experienced were light and variable from S. to S. E.; then N. E. and N. W., the former prevailing down to lat. 16 deg. 23 min W. Variable winds prevailed to the meridian of the Cape, which was passed on the 25th of March in 43 deg. south after sighting the island of Trinadad on the 1st March. The castings were run down in the parallel of 45 deg. south latitude, although the ship was carried as low as 48 deg. when off the coast of Tasmania. On the 6th of April a strong N. E. and then N. W. gale was encounter, and lasted about twenty - four hours, when it shifted to S. W. Was off Cape Lewin on the 14th April but did not sight land. Made the New Zealand coast on the 3rd May, first land sighted being Cape Maria Van Dieman. Proceeded on that day as far as the Cavalli Islands, then encountered variable winds down the coast. Passed Tiritiri light on Tuesday evening, and arrived off Rangitoto reef at one o'clock yesterday morning. Prepared to fire a gun as signal for pilot, but the sponge broke in the gun and could not extract it, in consequence anchored until day light. Weighed anchor at 9 a. m. and arrived of Queen St wharf at half-past 10 a. m. A birth occurred on board on the 25th March. During the heavy weather encounted in the Channel, the Edinburgh Castle was seen laying at Portland. The Parsee comes consigned to Messrs D. Nathan and Co.

Other odds and ends from the same paper

Mrs Denny, a resident of Awanui, in the Mongonui district, left the Queen St Wharf  a few days back having in her possession a pocket-book containing 60 in notes, some silver, and one or two trinkets. Soon after the vessel had cast of Mrs Denny found that her pocket-book was missing, containing all, or nearly all she possessed in the world. The loss is a very serious one, Mrs Denny having five young children dependent on her for support. Should the pocket-book have been picked up by anyone sufficiently honest to be desirous of restoring it, particulars of ownership, with address, can be obtained at this office; and anyone keeping possession of it after this notice, will ever, we hope, be dispossessed of the pricking of his conscience that he has robbed a mother and her five little ones of all that stood between them and their wants.


Some time since we drew attention to the bad state of repair in which the pump over the well in the Albert Barracks was allowed to remain. On visiting the well yesterday, our reporter found the pump in the same condition, nothing whatever having been done towards repairing it. The fence around the well is also in a very bad state, and needs repairing. As there are generally a number of children playing about the vicinity of the well, accidents are likely to occur unless some-thing be done towards repairing the fence.