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From the Evening Post April 3, 1876

The New Zealand Shipping Company's new ship iron ship the Waipa, 1016 tons, captain Seaborne arrived in this harbour yesterday at noon, from London. She left Gravesend on the 17th December and experienced adverse weather in the Channel, which was not cleared until the 25th; crossed the Equator 35 days out, and passed the Cape of good Hope on the 64th day. Subsequently had occasional fair breezes with frequent calms and baffling winds, once being nearly becalmed for a fortnight. On one occasion, with a fair wind, the ship ran 314 miles in twenty-four hours, and another time 312 miles, showing her capacity for high speed. Cape Farewell was sighted on Tuesday last, 94 days from land to land, her complete passage from port to port occupying 105 days. The Waipa is a very fine vessel, a sister ship to the Hurunui now in port. Her cabin accommodation is remarkably large and good, she is fitted up in splendid style, her poop extending nearly to the mainmast. The arrangements for her immigrants, ventilation between decks &c, all are most excellent, and the advantage has been shown in the singular freedom from sickness which has characterised the voyage. No deaths took place, but there were three births. The total number of immigrants brought out by her is 231. Dr Gibson is the Surgeon-Superintendent. Messrs Johnston and Co. are the agents.


A number of the Waipa's immigrants were landed by the "Manawatu" this afternoon. they appear a particularly strong healthy lot, indeed some persons well qualified to judge, pronouncing them the best shipment yet landed in Wellington. Only about eighty are for this place, the balance being bound for Wanganui, Foxton and the Feilding settlement. The Manawatu takes sixty-two to Wanganui tonight. It is noteworthy that four more have landed than embarked owing to the births and the absence of death.


Amongst the passengers by the Waipa is Mr Mills, C. E.whose services were engaged in England by Mr Seed, on behalf of the General Government, as superintending engineer for the lighthouses now building and about to be erected round the New Zealand coast.

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Manawatu - Cabin Messrs Richards, Borlase, McDowell, Wright, Powell, Quin, Lockie and 5 steerage

Stormbird - Cabin Messrs Beck, Stray, Plumbridge, Carter, Axup, Parker, Martin, Ward, Wood, Wallace, Wall, Halkett and 7 steerage.

Rangatira - Cabin - Misses Woolhouse and Cooper, Mesdames De Castro, Grindle, Sharpe and family, Nelson and child, Wylie, Cooper, Drummond, Mr and Mrs Hardy, Mr and Mrs Grant, Sergeant Dutton, Messers Slater, Levy, Hester, Newland, Dinwiddie, Aivy, Pickett, Hanson, , McKenzie, Davies, Cull, Randle, Fraser, Gifford, Scale, Knorpp, Roskruge, Dempsey, and Wheeler Troupe (4)

Other Odds and Ends From the same Paper

Three English vessels, the Waipa, Penshaw, and Ocean beauty are now lying in the stream at anchor in enforced idleness, because by no conceivable means that human ingenuity can devise is it possible to find room for them at the wharf unless by placing one ship on top another, and one of the two might object to that plan. This stubborn fact completely demolishes the assertion recently made that the wharf accommodation was not so bad as represented. No amount of theoretical argument can get rid of the plain and unmistakable truth, that there is no wharf room for these three vessels, which consequently may be detained an indefinite period to the great inconvenience of everybody concerned.


On the 30th March, at Vivien St, the wife of Captain Stack, of a daughter.
On 1st April, at Lambton Quay, the wife of R. Hannah, of a son.
On the 2nd April, at Molesworth St, the wife of C. Tringham, of a son.


On the 1st April at St Bathans, Otago, Frederick John Bunny, third son of Henry Bunny, Provincial Secretary, Wellington, aged 24 years.