ARRIVAL OF THE WILD DUCK
The Wellington Independent December 11th 1866
The ship Wild Duck, Captain Bishop, from London, arrived in this harbour on Saturday morning about 11 o'clock. As she rounded Point Halswell she was flying the signal "all well", which all on shore were most happy to see. On dropping her anchor in Lambton Harbour she fired a salute, which was returned by the Asterope and Electra, each vessel dressing ship from Marryatt's code of signals, and the creditable manner in which this was done was generally remarked on shore. This is the eighth voyage that the Wild Duck has made to this port, and Captain Bishop being a universal favorite, her received a most hearty welcome. The Wild Duck has made a favourable passage of 103 days, having left Plymouth on the 20th August, and the Channel on the 23rd a detention of nearly a fortnight having occurred aftr leaving London in consequence of a case of cholera having occurred on board. The disease, however, was not experienced afterwards, and with the one exception, and that of a child, aged six years, named John Black, who died from water on the brain, no deaths occurred on board, and the passengers have arrived in excellent health. The ship crossed the Equator on the 24th September, having up to that time and subsequently experienced baffling winds. Sighted Prince Edward's Island on the 26th October. Passed Van Diemen's Land on the 20th November, and, inconsequence of meeting contrary winds, a course was course was shaped for the Southern part of New Zealand. On the run down the most unsettled and disagreeable weather was experienced. She passed between the Traps Rocks on 29th November, and fromthat time until dropping anchor in this harbour on Saturday morning, encountered adverse winds and thick weather. There are on board 121 passengers all told, composed principally of assisted immigrants, some of whom are destined for the princes of Marlborough and Nelson, and a few sor (sic) Wellington. Mr Trolove, and old settler in Marlborough, and family have returned by this opportunity. Among the other passengers we notice Mr Barraud, eldest son of Mr C D Barraud, of this city; the Misses Kreeft; and Mr and Mrs Death, the parents of the well known settlers at the Hutt of the same name. A complete list of passengers will be found elsewhere, and also the particulars of the cargo. Dr Grace, as medical officer for the port, inspected the sanitary condition of the vessel, and as his report was favourable as to the absence of disease she was not required to proceed to the Quarantine Ground. The Wild Duck is consigned to Messrs Levin & Co., and she has a large general cargo of merchandise. She will be hauled alongside the wharf to-morrow morning to discharge, and she will then take up her berth as the third wool ship of the season. Yesterday the steamer Lady Bird hauled alongside, and took on board the passengers and their luggage for Picton and Nelson, and will sail this evening.