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The New Zealander November 28th 1849


“The ‘Thames’ sailed from Gravesend on the 19th and the Downs on the 21st July, and has been 127 days in the passage.  She experienced light winds but favourable weather during the former part of the voyage, but coming round Van Dieman’s Land and approaching New Zealand, encountered heavy gales.  She spoke several vessels but none connected with this colony.  Several passengers have arrived by this vessel some of whom remain to settle at Auckland, others are to proceed to Wellington.  The ‘Thames’ has on board a large quantity of fire bricks for the Kawau Smelting Works, and a portion of her cargo is for Wellington.  The ‘Cornelia’ barque and the ‘Pekin’ ship were laid on for New Zealand, the former to sail from London for Wellington and Auckland about the middle of August.  Another vessel, name not mentioned, was to sail for Auckland and Wellington on the 1st September.


The ‘Moa’, which sailed on Thursday, it appears encountering the severe gale of that night and the two following days, was obliged to come to anchor under the land outside the heads.  She sailed early on Monday morning with a favourable wind, and was passed by the ‘Thames’ between six and seven o’clock off Tiritirimatangi.


The ‘Petrel’ brig, from Sydney bound to California, arrived at Mongonui to take in provision and water, on the Tuesday the 20th inst.  She was full of passengers, who were all well; but the vessel was so overcrowded that many of those with families offered to forego half their passage money if the Captain would put them ashore at Mongonui.