8 THE WEEKLY MERCURY.
8 – Isabella Pratt, schooner, from Tasmania.
10 – Silver Cloud, three-masted schooner, from Newcastle, N.S.W.
11 – Wanaka, s.s., from Auckland. Passengers – Mrs Von Tempsky, family, and servant, Mrs Probert, Mrs Herbart, Miss Percy, Judge Rogan, Messrs Jobbern, Carroll, Beaver, Brooking Chicken, Jackson, Hare, Herbert, O’Neill, Nichols, Remmington, Mann, Lorrigan, Honi Peti (native assessor), and 20 for the South.
13 – Southern Cross, s.s., from Auckland. Passenger – Mr T Begg
14 – Albatross, schooner, from Whangapoua
14 – Result, s.s., from Wairoa via Mohaka.
14 – Manaia, p.s., from Wairoa. Passengers – Mesdames Taylor, Aislabie, McLean and 2 children, Messrs Swan, Carroll, Ramsey, Hawkesley, and 2 in steerage.
15 – Saucy Kate, schooner, from Auckland via Poverty Bay.
15 – Laetitia, schooner, from Lyttleton.
16 – Kiwi, s.s., from Wellington via Castlepoint. Passengers – Mrs Sallagar, Mr and Mrs Smith and children, Miss Keys, Messrs Edwin, Bruce, Russell, Judge, Common, Hurst, Flint, Taylor, Cribb, M’Lean, Leary, Lungan, 1 Chinaman, and 4 in the steerage.
16 – Rotorua, s.s., from Sydney via Auckland. Passengers – Miss Todd, Miss Horne, Miss Tunks, Messrs Harris, Tester, 2 in the steerage, and 42 for the South.
9 – Stormbird, s.s., for Wellington. Passengers – Mr and Mrs Brenderet, Mr and Mrs Dickman, Mr and Mrs Ashton, Mesdames Doherty and Conley, Miss Scully(2), Messrs Buchanan, Thompson, Hermann, Goodall, Currie, Saunders, Brooklands, Stephensen, Willie, and Thompson’s Diorama Troupe.
11 – Result. s.s., for Mohaka and Wairoa. Four native passengers.
11 – Manaia, p.s., for Wairoa. Passengers – Miss Gardiner, Messrs. Cable, Burton, Swan, Ingram, McMurray, Fraser, Newton, Bishop, Dr. Boyd, and a few natives.
11 – Wanaka, s.s., for Wellington. Passengers – Mrs Thomas, Messrs. Berry, Henhessey, Lawrence, Easton, McLouglan, Long, Edwards, Wade, Witty, Douglas McLean, and 20 original.
12 – Orpheus, schooner, for Mercury Bay
12 – Venus, ketch, for Mercury Bay
13 – Columbia, schooner, for Kennedy’s Bay
14 – Opotiki, schooner, for Poverty Bay
15 – Southern Cross, s.s., for Thames and Auckland. Passengers – Mrs Conroy, Messrs Turner and E. Carter.
15 – Result, s.s., for Wairoa and Whakaki, 4 passengers.
16 – Rotorua, s.s., for Wellington and Southern Ports. Passengers – Mrs Russell, Miss Baker, Messrs Coates, Remmington, Bell, Bridge, Brown, Silver, Johnson, Bishop, Grindell, Farquhar, Cameron, Grace, Baker, Gracer, H.R. Russell, Mr and Mrs Dennett, Dr Buller, Henare Matua, Rawiti, Renata Kawepo, Hapuka, and 8 other natives, and 42 originals
The s.s. Stormbird, Captain Doile, in going out on Thursday, had some difficulty in stemming the very strong current that was running. After trying for about half-an-hour she succeeded, with the assistance of her canvas, in getting beyond the westward mole, and got over the Bar. She had a tolerably large number of passengers.
The Pilot, after leaving the Stormbird outside, went on board the Columbia, and brought her to the outer wharf. During the passage in the channel, the pilot had to let go one of the anchors, when the chain instantly snapped, and the other had to be let go, which fortunately held, and enabled him to get to the wharf instead of drifting up stream.
The ship Merope, Captain Sutherland, arrived on Thursday at Lyttelton from London, after a splendid passage of 82 days. She brings 50 passengers, who have all been landed in good health.
The Isabella Pratt has a cargo of colonial produce from Oamaru, consigned to Messrs. Kinross and Co.
The following is the report of the passage of the Silver Cloud: – The Silver Cloud left Newcastle, N.S.W. on the 31st ultimo, with a cargo of 430 tons coal, 10 tons coke, 2 tins seed potatoes, and sundries. The beginning of the passage was made with light variables all round the compass. From the 4th instant strong S.W. winds until making the Straits on Wednesday, the 8th, when a heavy S.E. gale was experienced, lasting but 12 hours, hence light westerly and strong westerly winds until arrival here.
The Union Company’s s.s. Wanaka, Captain McGillvray, arrived at the anchorage early on Saturday. She had fine weather as far as Table Cape, when she encountered a heavy S.W. gale. She landed 35 passengers and 45 tons cargo; embarked about 25 passengers, and left at noon for Wellington.
We noticed in the Herald on Saturday that the three-masted schooner Mary Wadley is going to Wairoa to take 20,000 hop plants for Mr Witty. A friend of ours wanted to take a passage in her, but the agent Mr Vautier, informed him he had no intention of sending her there as she drew too much water, and he did not deem it advisable to run in opposition to the steamers Result and Manaia.
In justice to the Postmaster at the Spit, we beg to correct a statement that appeared in the Herald of the 9th, alluding to some irregularity in the shipment of mails by the Jane Douglas going to Poverty Bay. The only bag that was left behind was the one that had just arrived in the Storm Bird from Wellington, which vessel was not alongside the wharf when the Jane Douglas was leaving. The Pilot’s crew endeavoured to put the bags on board the Jane Douglas, but could not pull against the current.
The p.s. Manaia, in attempting to leave the breastwork tailed to stem the current, when Capt. Smith let go her anchor, but this not holding she took the ground; near the shoal bank were one of the telegraph posts is fixed, and remained there from 7 p.m. on Friday till 8.30 a.m. on Saturday, when she was got off, and steamedaway[steamed away] for Wairoa.
The s.s. Result, Capt. R. Baxter, left at 2 a.m. on Saturday for Mohaka and Wairoa.
The schooner Orpheus and ketch Venus were towed out by the Pilot boat on Sunday, and at sundown had made a good offing.
With the P.M.S.S. Company’s usual punctuality, the “Frisco mail arrived in Auckland on Sunday at an early hour. The Australia was the bearer and she left for Sydney at 8 p.m. the same day.
The Columbia left on Monday for a cargo of sawn timber from Kennedy’s Bay.
The s.s. Southern Cross had a good run down from Auckland. She was detained in Auckland for the mail steamer from Friday night till Saturday at 5 p.m. The detention ought to have been longer, because the mail boat was not due on Friday, but she was due on Saturday, and a matter of £25 was all that was asked by the A.S.P. Company. She passed the steamers Jane Douglas and Pretty Jane, both bound to Auckland. She had about 30 tons of cargo for Napier. Captain Carey is still in command, Captain Holmes not quite having recovered from his late indisposition. The latter gentleman hopes, however, to bring the Cross down next trip.
The schooner Albatross had a smart run from Whangapoua, where she brings a cargo of sawn timber for Mr Johnson.
The schooner Isabella Pratt, as usual, is turning her cargo out in excellent condition.
The Southern Cross brought this trip from Auckland a new mainmast for the Three Brothers. It is an excellent stick, being entirely free from knots.
The Auckland Manager of the South British Insurance Company received the following telegram from Nelson on Thursday last: – “A survey was held by Harbor-Master Cross, and the Captains of the two steamers on the Queen Bee. Their report is as follows: – “Found her abondaned [abandoned] with starboard anchor let go about six miles S.E. of Cape Farewell Spit light-house. Her head is pointing south with her sails hanging loose. The deck planking and bulwarks are gone, and the cargo is washing out. It is our opinion from the working of the ship that she parted amidship. At eight a.m. she was completely under water, with the exception of a small part of her starboard side; and further we recommend that she be sold for the benefit of whom it may concern. The steamer Lyttelton was at work all day yesterday, and what she has brought away is not worth the cost. We presume the sale should take place of ship and cargo. Please say who is the proper person to act, and otherwise instruct. The steamers have gone again.” The South British Insurance Company have a total line of £12,000 on the ship and cargo, but there are re-insurances against this, reducing the liability certainly to £5000, and probably to £3000.
The Southern Cross, Capt. Carey, left at 10.30 a.m. on Wednesday, with a cargo of 60 head of cattle and 300 fat sheep for the Thames. There being nine feet of water on the eastward side of the bar, the Pilot determined to try and take her out that way. We are happy to say he was successful, although when on the bar he grazed it all the time, but being loose shingle it did not stop the steamer’s way. We trust this is the beginning of an improved channel for bringing vessels in and out.
The schooner Laetitia, Capt. Short, left Lyttelton with a cargo of Colonial produce, consisting of flour, oatmeal, bran, sharps &c. She has made the passage in four days, experiencing light S.W. winds.
The schooner Saucy Kate has a cargo of sawn timber, which she is discharging at the breastwork.
The barque Robina Dunlop, that was recently lost at Turakina, was almost a new vessel, having been launched in 1874. She loaded late in the season in Auckland, and took a large quantity of Napier wool and tallow.
The ship Queen Bee, lately wrecked at Cape Farewell, is an old trader to this port, having made four voyages to Napier. Three times she loaded wool Home, and the fourth cleared for Madras. She was built in Sunderland in 1859, and was owned by Shaw, Savill and Co, London, and when lost was uninsured. Her agents here were always Messrs Kinross and Co.
The captain of the Manaia, which vessel arrived from Wairoa on Tuesday, reports a good entrance now at Wairoa.
The s.s Result left Wairoa on Tuesday for Mohaka to land cargo, which she succeeded in doing. Capt. Baxter then left for Whakaki for a load of maize, but a souther [southerly] springing up he came to Napier, arriving early in the afternoon.
The Pilot expects to bring the Silver Cloud inside to-morrow.
The s.s. Rotorua, Jas. Macfarlane, commander, cleared Sydney Heads at 3.30 p.m. on the 9th, and arrived at Auckland at 11 a.m. on the 14th, after a smart passage of 4 days, 17 hours, and discharged 200 tons of cargo, and left at 9.30 p.m., arriving in the roadstead on Thursday. Experienced fresh north-west and south-west winds and high seas the whole passage from Sydney, and light westerly winds and fine weather from Auckland.
The s.s. Kiwi left Wellington at 5 p.m. on Tuesday with the barque Edwin Bassett in tow; let her go at 10.30 off Sinclair Head. Arrived at Castle Point at noon on Wednesday, and discharged a quantity of cargo. Left there at 3 p.m., and brought up in Hawke’s Bay at 5 o’clock on Thursday, and was brought to the outer wharf at about 10 a.m. The Pilot brought her by the eastward channel, and although the Kiwi is only drawing eight feet six inches, she grazed the bar. She brought a large number of passengers, besides a quantity of pure-bred Merino sheep, chosen by Mr A. McLean, manager of the Maraekakoho [Maraekakaho] station, from some of the best flocks in Tasmania.
The Helen Denny, Capt. Routh, bound for Dunedin, passed Deal on June 10.
ANSWER TO CORRESPONDENT.
CHANDOS (Hastings). – We must decline the insertion of your letter. If the Herald prefers giving its readers nearly a column of telegrams referring to football, in preference to Parliamentary news or subjects of other importance, the subscribers to the Herald should complain, but not ourselves. You allude to the “Notes in the Gallery,” professed to be forwarded from Wellington, as being mamby-pamby and hashed up from the Parliamentary reports of the Wellington newspaper. There are more people than you of the same opinion. – We are glad to learn that the TELEGRAPH has now such a circulation in your district, as to be seen in nearly every settler’s cottage.
THE celebrated pure pedigreed Clydesdale Stallion “LITTLE JOHN” formerly belonging to the Hon. H.R. Russell, will arrive from Wairarapa in about ten days, and will stand for the season at the Hon. Colonel Whitemore’s [ Whitmore’s ] Clive Grange.
The first-class stock he has produced of which there are now so many in this Province are his best advertisement.
As a good many Mares are already secured, and the number taken will be limited, early application to the undersigned is recommended.
As a sure foal-getter “Little John” has never been surpassed.
SADDLER & HARNESSMAKER
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Stock, Land Estate, and General Commission Agent, Waipukurau.
Goods Stored and Forwarded.
Offices and Stores: Near the Railway Station.
ALLARDICE – At Danevirk [ Dannevirke ]. On August 3, the wife of J. Allardice, of a son.
TYLER – At Waipawa, on August 4, the wife of Mr W. Tyler, of a son.
NEWMAN – BOSWELL – At Onga Onga, Ruataniwha, on the 9th August, by the Rev. J.C. Eccles, Mr James M. Newman, to Adaline Caroline, second daughter of Henry Boswell, Esq., of London.
POST OFFICE NOTICE.
For the United Kingdom, Contient [Continent] of Europe, &c., via Suez and Brindisi, by every opportunity to Wellington, where the mails close on the 24th instant.
For Fiji, Sandwich Islands, America, United Kingdom, Continent of Europe, West Indies, via San Francisco, per Rotorua, on Saturday, 25th instant, at 9 p.m.
Money Orders and Registered Letters will close at 5 p.m. Book Packets and Newspapers, at 8 p.m. on 25th instant.
For the undermentioned places every Monday, and Thursday, at 5.30 a.m. – Clive, Hastings, Havelock, Te Aute, Kaikora, Waipawa, Waipukurau, Danevirk, Norsewood, Tahaorite, Woodville, Foxton, Palmerston, Wanganui, Taranaki, Wellington and Southern Provinces &c., Wallingford, Porangahau, Wanui, and Castle Point.
On other days of the week, mails close as usual, at 6.30 a.m.
The Weekly Mercury
HAWKE’S BAY ADVERTISER.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 1877.
FROM The Public Works statement that was delivered on Friday by the Hon. Mr Ormond, we learn that there are now 860 miles of railway completed, and open for traffic. The north island has 212 ½ miles, and the southern island 647 ½ miles of railway. During the ensuing year, 274 miles more will be finished, about equally divided between the two islands. There will then only remain 93 miles to complete the total length of railways – 1227 miles – that was authorised by the General