ARRIVAL OF THE SHIP QUEEN BEE
Wellington Independent January 11th 1872
The long-looked-for Queen Bee arrived in harbour last evening, rounding the point at half-past six o'clock. The signalannouncing the arival of the vessel outside had been flying from the flagstaff at Mount Victoria the whole of yesterday, but, owing to the light wind, the vesel's approach was very slow. About four o'clock she got inside the Heads, and the announcement, "All well on board" was run up. The wind was still so light that an hour and a half elapsed before the vessel rounded the point, which she did with all plain sail set, including royals. Of his voyage, Captain Dent reports that his experience on the New Zealand coastis that of the whole passage, the weather met with being a series of airs, no good carrying breezes havign been met with during the whole of the voyage. This monotony or samenesswas varied only on three occasions, and then by gales unusual for their violence; in fact, to use Captain Dent's own language, they were "regular smashers." Taking out these variations, the rest of the voyage might have been rowed in a boat., so that although the length of the voyage has been much above tha average of the ship, the pleasures and advantages were correspondingly great, the absence of the usual amount of pitching and tossing being a matter rather for congratulation than regret. The ship left the East India Docks on the 16th September, Gravesend on the 17th, and passed the Start Point on the 19th, making the voyage in 114 days from land to land. About a month before arrival the second mate died from a rupture to a blood vessel, but this was the only case of sickness or death during the voyage. The passengers, of whom there are fifty-seven, are all healthy-looking, and evidently of a class well suited for colonists, exhibiting, in all classes, a cheerfulness which speaks of a concord amongst themselves, an affords a gratifying testimony to the efficiency and the efforts of Captain Dent and his officers in making provision for their happiness and comfort. The desirability, indeed the necessity, for such measures are well understood by Captain Dent, who, though a stranger to our port, is an old trader to New Zealand, having made many trips to Auckland and Dunedin, where his care to the wants of passengers has gained for him a reputation to which we desire to add our quota. The build of the ship is of the good old frigate sort, and she is very clean and trim, notwithstanding her long voyage, What there was of the wind being favourable, Mr Holmes, the pilot, brought the ship close up to the wharf, and she will speedily take up a berth. Captain Dent has furnished us with his log, but the unusual pressure on our space this issue, consequent on the arrival of the English mail, compels us to hold over particulars. For the same reason testimonials to the captain and steward are held over. These, however, will appear in our next issue.