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Lyttelton Times December 10th 1863

Arrived December 8, Zealandia, ship, 1032 tons, Foster from London.
The Zealandia - We gladly welcome back the Zealandia and her captain, on the present occasion more particularly, because the Zealandia has, up to date, made the quickest passage from London to Lyttelton this year. She left on September 3, and in consequence of a severe gale met with in the Channel, she was obliged to put back to the Downs. On the 10th she made another attempt and the pilot parted with her on the 14th. During the passage to the Line she spoke the Derwenwater, and again on or about October 13. She met fine weather the rest of the passage, which occupied 96 days from the Downs. The Snares were sighted on Sunday last and the late south west gale assisted the vessel to her anchorage on Monday afternoon about 4 o'clock. The Zealandia is consigned to Reece and Co. Amongst the articles enumerated in the manifest will be found the frame and fittings for the new steamer ordered out by Mr Reece during his stay in England. The remainder comes out by the Canterbury, which sailed from London on September 22. Captain Foster lands all his passengers in excellent health.