ARRIVAL OF THE WILD DUCK
The Wellington Independent December 21st 1867
The ship Wild Duck, commanded by our old friend Captain Bishop, arrived in harbour at 11 o'clock last night, and signalised that event by firing a gun and displaying blue lights, which were duly answered by the Asterope. Captain Bishop reports that he left Gravesend on the 9th September, and saw the last of the land on the 14th. The Equator was crossed on the 10th October; and the longitude run down in latitude 45o and 46o S. Made Cape Farewell at 8am on the 19th inst; but the West Coast had been seen for some days previously, as the wind had been between the north and north-east for 17 days. No accident of casualty occurred during the voyage. On the 12 instant, Dr Johnston's lady gave birth to a femal child; both mother and child are doing well. The Wild Duck brings 106 passengers. In consequence of her entering the harbour at a late hour last night, she anchored a considerable distance off shore, but will be brought up near the Queen's wharf this morning.