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The New Zealander September 7th 1859

The ship Sir George Pollock, Capt T H WITHERS, which was signalled at a late hour on Friday afternoon, came into harbour on Saturday night.   She sailed from Queenstown on 15 May with fine wind and weather, having a run of 9 days to Madeira which she sighted on 24th.  Caught the NE trade, a light one, then lost it but picking up the SE trade on 12 June.  On 15th crossed the equator, having passed outside the Cape de Verds.  Fetched the meridian of the Cape of Good Hope on 19 July; encountered a very severe gale on 4 August, the wind shifting suddenly from NW to SW, blowing with great violence; this was followed by a lull, with a wild confused sea, in which the ship was pooped, the stern windows smashed and the after cabins filled with water.  Was driven by a NE gale and in consequence passed to the southward of Van Diemen’s Land, instead of proceeding through Bass Straits, as Capt Withers had intended to do.  On 31 August made the NZ coast and stood in towards Cape Maria Van Diemen but the weather being thick, tacked to the westward and sighted the Three Kings at daylight of the following morning.  From the time that the ship was in the meridian of St Paul’s until she fetched the North Head, she experienced a succession of strong and variable weather.  Had a fine northerly wind from the Three Kings, coming to anchor a short way outside Rangitoto reef on Friday at 9 p.m., at which time and throughout the whole of the early part of Saturday it blew furiously with hurricane squalls from SW.  Towards sunset it moderated and the ship weighed, working up and coming-to off Hobson’s Bay between 8 and 9 p.m.  She has been very healthy throughout the passage.  There were 3 births but no deaths.   The only vessel spoken connected with the colonies was the ship Olivia from Newport with coals, bound to Melbourne.  In addition to 47 immigrant passengers, the Sir George Pollock brings a draft of the 65th Regt consisting of Ensign MUTTIT, 1 sergeant, 60 rank and file, 6 women & 3 children, Staff Asst Surgeon SCOTT and Captain C F SHAWE of the 40th Regt, in command.   The ship is of Moulmein build, of 630 tons register and like all of her class, a roomy comfortable craft with the open, airy and spacious cuddy, the usual characteristic of Indian ships.  She comes into harbour in excellent order.  From a digest of her Official Passenger List she brings – 7 farmers, 6 female servants, 5 labourers, 3 cloth workers, 2 carpenters, 1 joiner, 1 bricklayer, 1 shoemaker and 1 gardener.