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The New Zealander August 30th 1851

The barque Thames left the Downs on 18th May and thus has completed her passage to this port in 113 days.  She experienced rough weather until she had rounded the Cape.  She was as far south as 45 deg.  Spoke no vessel connected with these colonies.  This fine vessel comes as the first of a new line of packets between England and Auckland, to be laid on by Messrs Hooper & Co of London, in connection with the respectable firm of Bain and Burtt in this town.  Every addition to our means of intercourse with home must be  hailed with gratification here and especially so in this instance from the well known commercial character of our fellow-townsmen who are concerned in the new line.  Captain Hedley reports the arrival of the John Wesley  in the  river on 2 or 3 May.   The Simlah for this port dire ct, left the St Katherine Docks on 24 April and may now be daily looked for; she has on board about 120 passengers chiefly for the Southern Settlements.  From this port she will proceed to Wellington and Otago.  The Cashmere for Auckland direct, was laid on to sail on 15 June.  The Dominion for Lyttelton left the Docks in company with the Thames.