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The New Zealander June 6th 1855

The clipper ship Rock City which was off the port all Saturday night, came in on Sunday, after the as yet unequalled passage of 88 days from the Downs to Auckland.  Rapid as the passage has been, it might have been much more so but for the calms and light and baffling winds which detained her on our own and the coasts of Brazil during a space of 20 days.  On 6 March she took her departure from Deal and in 22 days she crossed the equator.  She sighted and was becalmed for 5 days off Cape San Augustine on the coast of Brazil; and on 19 April passed in sight of the high land of Gough’s Island.  Capt Cubbins made his passage upon the great circle principle; the ship was consequently carried into a high southerly latitude from 50 to 52 degrees, where she fell in with a good deal of floating ice and icebergs.  On 22 May the Rock City discovered the high land of the Middle Island of  NZ, having been forced to the eastward by N and NE winds.  Off the Middle Island she was becalmed for 3 days, experiencing subsequently light variable weather during her passage along the West coast.  She sighted Cape Maria van Diemen on 1st inst; and on the following night at 11 o’clock, a course was steered to fetch the Shearer Buoy but the captain reports that the buoy was gone.  The Rock City is owned by Messrs Edward Lawrence & Co, of Liverpool.  She is a remarkably fine ship, now on her second voyage, her first voyage having been to Bombay, Ceylon, from whence she sailed to London with the Duke of Portland, beating that favourite ship by 25 days.  She was built at Quebec (we are told) by the same accomplished artificer that constructed the far-famed Marco Polo of which the Rock City seems to be no unworthy follower.  She is of 598 (sic) tons old or 755 tons new measurement.  Her length is 194 feet over all, breadth of beam 31 feet, depth of hold 19 feet.  Her entrance is very fine and her quarters terminate in a plain but nicely rounded stern.  She is by no means taunt, in her spars but her yards are exceedingly square and altogether, for evident sailing qualities, she is such a ship as has rarely been seen in our Auckland waters.  It is to be hoped she will not be the last of her class and that the owners and shippers will calculate the difference of profit between a passage of 88 days and one of 125 or 130 days.  It is somewhat singular that the Liverpool shipowners, who have long been the large and successful carriers in the Australian and Tasmanian trades, should never have given their consideration to the Auckland and other NZ trade.