ARRIVAL OF THE ROKEBY HALL
Otago Daily Times August 22nd 1878
The barque Rokeby Hall arrived off the Heads at 1pm yesterday and was towed up to the anchorage at 6:30pm by the ps Koputai. Since her last visit here the Rokeby Hall has been altered from ship to barque rig, an alteration that at present Captain Clark can say little in favour of. She has made the voyage from London to this port in 102 days, an unusually long one for so smart a vessel, but which is easily accounted for by the fact that very indifferent weather was experienced at the outset of her passage, no less than 42 days having been occupied days having been occupied between London and the Equator. Thence she had more favourable weather, and the remainder of her passage was completed in 60 days. She brings 22 passengers and 1600 tons of cargo, of which 500 tons are dead weight, the rest being measurement goods. Captain Clark reports leaving London, on 10th May, and experienced variable winds down the Channel, taking his departure from the Lizard on 15th May; thence she experienced fresh breezes from N W to S W all across the Bay of Biscay and passed the Island of Madeira in sight on the 27th May. Thence she had variable winds, which took her to the N E Trades on on June 1st, in latitude 27 N. The Trades were light and poor, barely averaging 105 miles a day, wich accounts in a great measure for her lengthened passage. They gave out in latitude 8 N, on June 11th, and after a few days' spell of doldrum weather, she met the African summer monsoon in latitude 6 N, on June 13th, the winds coming out magnetic S W, with fresh breezes and very pleasant weather. On June 18th, when in latitude 4 N longitude 16 W, she tacked and on the following day took the S E Trades in latitude in latitude 3 N; crossed the Equator on June 20th in longitude 20 W, 42 days out; thence she experienced fresh Trades, which were well to the eastward; the Island of Trinidad was sighted on June 28th, and the S E Trades were lost on June 29th in latitude 27.2 S; passed Gough's Island on July 7th and thence took the steady westerlies, crossed the Meridian of Greenwich on July 9th in latitude 40 S, and rounded the Cape of Good Hope on the night of the 13th July in latitude 41 S. Strong winds with variable weather were experienced across the Southern and Indian Oceans, the winds principally being from N E to N W with a nasty cross sea, and very low cronometrical indications; the glass on one occasion falling to 28.11. She crossed the Meridian of Cape Leuwin on August 8th in latitude 41 S. Passed the Island of Tasmania on the night of the 14th still keeping the winds from the N E to N W and making excellent running; made the Snares at noon on the 19th instant; experienced thick rainy weather; passed the Nuggets at noon on the 20th, and was off the Ocean Beach at 7pm same day; opened out the Tairoa Heads at three miles distant at 9pm same day, and thence met a strong S W breeze blowing off and on all night, and came up to the port as above.