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The Wellington Independent June 13th 1872

The barque Thames, Captain Couves, from London, arrived in harbour yesterday morning, after a passage of 138 days. She left Gravesend on the 27th January, anchored in Portland Roads on the 29th, and took her departure again on the 6th February. Nothing remarkable occurred during the passage until the 10th, 11th, and 12th April, when she experienced strong gales of wind and high sea. On the 17th April she sighted the island of Tristan D'Acunha; Prince Edward's Island on the 4th May; and Cape Farewell on the 10th inst. She brings a general cargo but no passengers, and is consigned to Messrs Levin & Co. Having powder on board, she was anchored off Pipitea Point, but will be placed alongside the Queen's Wharf without delay. Captain Couves reports having spoken the following vessels during the voyage, viz:- Feb. 24, barque Chalgrove, from London, bound to Swan River, 26 dayes out; March 1, ship Dover Castle, from Cardiff, bound to Shanghai; on March 20, barque Southern Cross, from Newcastle, bound to Cape Town.