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The Evening Post November 5th 1877

The ship St Leonards, Captain Todd, was signalled as arriving off the Heads early this morning, but up to the time we went to press had not made the harbour. She is 99 days out from London, and brings a large general cargo. Mr E Pearce is agent for the St Leonards.

The Evening Post November 6th 1877

As we anticipated yesterday, this fine ship, the property of Messrs Shaw Savill and Co, under the command of our old friend Captain Todd, beat into harbour last evening. We must compliment Pilot Holmes for the manner in which he worked the ship in against half a gale of wind and ebb tide. She has a full complement of passengers and a large cargo. The passage out has been a very enjoyable one. Amusements of various kinds were introduced, theatrical performances, concerts, dances, readings, &c., in short, everything possible was done to beguile the usual tedium of a long voyage, which, in this case, was scarcely felt at all. Everyone speaks in the highest terms of Capt. Todd and his officers, who have won golden opinions on all sides, and from our own knowledge of them, we can readily believe that they thoroughly deserve it. Captain Todd was an old friend of the late Captain Williams, whose melancholy and untimely fate affected him deeply. The St Leonards is in excellent trim and order. She comes consigned to Mr Edward Pearce, and was berthed at the wharf this afternoon.

The following is the captain's report:- Left the Downs on Monday, 30th July, and landed the Channel pilot off Start Point on 3rd August; from thence had a succession of calms and adverse winds until the 26th, when we got the N E trades. Up to this date, the wind had kept so persistently ahead that we were only once able to steer a course, and then only for a few hours; passed the Equator on 11th September in 26deg W. S E trades were strong and favourable, and were lost on the 18th September in lat 22deg S and long 26deg W. Passed the meridian of Cape of Good Hope on 3rd October, with fine and favourable winds, making Cape Leuwin in 18 days, and from thence had strong N E and northerly winds, with a very low glass, passing Tasmania on the 29th. Sighted New Zealand (Cape Farewell) on Sunday afternoon; strong westerly winds were experienced in Cook Strait. Terawhiti was passed at 6 am yesterday; at 8 am Pilot Holmes boarded, and by 8:30 last night she anchored in the powder ground, having beat in against an ebb tide. The passengers are all well, and there has been no sickness of mishap during the voyage.