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The New Zealander July 23rd 1859

The Traveller, Capt ELLIS, another of the long looked-for and anxiously expected London ships, arrived in port yesterday at 3 p.m., after a tedious and protracted passage of 125 days from Cowes, her latest point of departure, whence she sailed on 19 March.  The weather in the Channel was boisterous in the extreme; had a heavy gale on 23 March; sighted Madeira on 1 April and caught a very good NE trade; passed to the westward of the Cape de Verd Islands and crossed the equator on 29 April.  On 21 April the ship was struck by a sudden and violent but momentary puff, a sort of whirlwind, which carried the fore-top-mast over the side.  This, as in the cases of the Swordfish and Whirlwind, greatly disabled the ship; indeed such a casualty occurring to the three last vessels that have arrived and so much about the same locality, is a singular and almost unprecedented circumstance.  After losing her topmast the weather fell calm and for many days the ship made very slow progress.  After crossing the equator had very squally weather but scarcely any wind that could be considered a SE trade.  On 1 June passed the meridian of the Cape of Good Hope; ran down her easting experiencing very severe weather.   Passed to the southward of Tasmania without sighting it, having run that distance from the Cape of Good Hope in 34 days.  On 5 inst. a heavy sea struck the ship on her port quarter causing her to reel and tremble, smashing the skylight and flooding the decks.  On 9th heavy gales from the westward with a wild, confused sea; ship under close reefed main-top-sail; at 5 p.m. a sea struck her in the stern, breaking in cabinet-windows, dead-lights and part of the stern and filling the cuddy with water.  Set to work to secure the damage from the inside with canvas, planks and stanchions which were clamped to the beams as they best could be, the ship labouring much and running heavily.  On 15th at 2 p.m., made the Three Kings and since then had nothing but easterly weather, blowing hard on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, after which it became moderate.   The Traveller is a very good-looking ship and had she been properly laden would, no doubt, have made a very different sort of passage.  She suffered much from the want of dead weight and was evidently hurried off to sea in that regardless manner which is by no means uncommon for London ships, in fact, she is so crank as to have been unable to carry sail, lying down under trifling pressure to her beam-ends.  Under all her difficulties she has come into harbour in a very creditable manner.