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SHIPPING.

ARRIVALS. Swallow, schooner, from Mercury Bay. Xxdy Bowen, p.s., from Mahuran^i. DEPARTURES. (■olden Isl", schooner, M*tzen, for Prima Donna, vorns.for-Wf.il. Island. T&wera, schooner, Kennc-iy, for t»istK>rne. Merlin, schooner, Urquhart, for \V aag iroa. Columbia, fur .Napier via K.nnc<l\ »liay. Cambria, schooner, Mckenzie, for \\ aiapu. Colonist, schooner, Lewis, for the K&st toast

PROJECTED DKPAKTURKS. STDSET.—Alexandra, on Arrival of Xnvada. Sotrrnens I'aruuAki. e.irJy. Grafton*. N\s.w. - l.ucy and Adelaide, to-aay. 31oNU1-I*lV. — Nt-v.itla. p.s., early. Ltfust-Je<sic Niecol. tixl»y. i; lir Yokk.— l'luuies, biniu.>: Mtnnhir, barque; Nelson. Corunilla, barque; William Prowse, barque: early. VKSSKI.S RXPEOTKD. Kevuda, p.s.» from TTonolulu. Hero, S.S., from Sydney. "Wellington and Ph.ebe, from the South. Bulwark, ship, from LonJoa : saile I t'eb. 20. Countess of Kant. re. ship, from Londc u: sailed. City of Auckland, ship, from London: sailed May 31. Bobert lien lerson. ship, from London; leading. .Acacia. barque. from Foo '-'hoo: early. Mary Nelson, Uirqtie, from Sydney. 3Haiy Miller, birque, from Newcastle. Briton, barque, from Newcastle. Pakeha, brii;, from Duiiuliu. Sea Gull, scunner, from Levuka. Kenilworth. <ehootier. from Soath Sea Islands. Hercules, schooner, from Neu\ii!»tle. Mynheer, schooler, from Ncwci»tle. Queen, schooner. from Kor"ton^a. Julia Trice, srhomer. from L'-vnka. Edith, schooner, from the South Sea.?. Ocean Wave, schooner, from Lyttelton. Hector, from AVarrnambool, sailed July 24. EXPORTS. Per Prima Donna : Transhipped ex CoropUU—l box. Transhipped ex Alexandra—l case medicine, 1 rase wine, 1 box stationery, 1 case sundries, 1 case personal effects, 1 pkg. effects, 43 cases biscuits, 2G bags potatoes, 1 cask beef, 1 box candles, 1 case wine, 1 box soap, 1 box groceries, 2 ba>;s rice, 1 ton flour, 2671 pieces sawn timber, 1 bale blankets, 1 do. cottons, 8 window sashes. —W. Hill, agent.

H.M.S. Dido arrived at Wellington yesterday from Sydney. The s.s. Keera yesterday hauled off from the hard, whero the has been undergoing the process of scraping and cleaning, ami came alongside the Queen-street wharf. The B.e. Southern Crosa is announced to leave for Whitiangi and Xauranga at -1 o'clock to-morrow alternoon. The s.s. K-er» sill leave at 2 o'clock today for Poverty Bar, Napier, Wellington, and Southern port?. The p.s. Lsidv Bowen returned from Mahurangi yesterday. 'Xbe barque Helenslee, Captain AlcCleary, cleared at the Customs yesterday for Newcastle, in ballast. She will take her departure this morning. Claims against the barque Coronilla must be sent in not later than noon to-morrow, or they 'will not be recognised. 'The schooner Colonist left far the East Coast yesterday. The schooner Swallow entered at the Customs yesterday with 17,000 feet timber. The schooner Exonia, from Adelaide, hauled alongside the Queen-street wharf yesterday morning. The schooner ilerlin left for Wangaroa yesterday morning. The schooner Lucy and Adelaide cleared at the Customs yesterday for Grafton (N.S.W.). She will leave to-day. The schooner Columbia left for Xapier, via Kennedy's Bay, yesterday morning. The schooner Golden Isle left yesterday for Bussell. The schooner Tawera took her departure last evening for G-iaborne, via the £ast Coast, frith a cargo of the usual description. The schooner Prima Donna, Capt. Norris, took her departure yesterday afternoon for several passengers, among them being* the iSevl B. T. Dudley. The schooner Janet Grey is announced to leave for Hokianga direct on Saturday ueit, should sufficient inducement offer. The schooner Sea Gull, from Levufca, arrived at Taurauga yesterday. She brings no tidings of the schooner Southern Cross. The scaooner Charbydis arrived at Lyttelton yesterday from the Thames.

THE DISASTROUS PASSAGE OF THE SHIP ZEALAXDIA. The news of the disastrous passage of the Zealandia from Lyttelton to London, and the loss of her captain and two other lives, was communicated here a few days since by the English telegrams received via San Francisco. 3?he late Captain White (who formerly had command of the ship Slue Jacket, which was burnt at sea off the Falklund Islands) was ■well-known and greatly respected in this Colony ; and on the duy the pad intelligence reached Nelson, the shipping at the port and several buildings exhibited flags hoisted halfmast high. The following letter has been communicated by a passenger to iiis parents in Nelson, and has been handed to us for publication " Valparaiso, 29th April. When we left XytteltOD we had bad luck for the first fourteen days, either becalmed or having a head wind, and it was always dull and cold. This went on for a time, and then we had a favorable wind that rolled us straight off for Cape Horn. We sailed on all right up to the 13th of April, when it began to blow rather fresh, and towards evening turned into a stiff gale with hail and sleet. The sea roie rapidly, and ire shipped quantities of water ; the captain determined to run before the gale, though that would take him out of his course. The sheep and pig pens were broken in by seas falling on them, and the occupants washed about°the deckr; the cow was washed oui of her house, but was saved before she went overboard. At five in the afternoon a sea struck the poop, smashing in one window of the skylight and filling the saloon with water, and much poultry was drowned, 'l'he breeze continued, but with less violence, till Saturday, 13th April, when it came on to blow harder than ever, and the captain's glass sank hurricane low. About the middle of the day it blew hard enough to take the hair off one's head, accompanied with heavy snow at .rmi, which rendered it bitterly cold, and hardly safe to go on the poop and impossible to walk the main deck, since it was waist deep in water, and often more, the whole time her lee bulwark being under water. One sea burst in the saloon door, and filled cabins Sos. 11 and 12 (12 was mine). I kept on the poop as much as I could, with piy pilot coat on, and mackintosh orer it. Some few of us had some suow-balling towards afternoon. The ship presented a eLngular, not to say, a beautiful sight, covcred entirely in a snow-white cloak, driving through the foaming sea before the gale, with coralled lopes and spars, and even the galley chimney all White! The sea was like a vast mountain befor* and behind us— a grand but awful sight! The Teasel thatonce seemed so large nowlooked like a cockle-shell lying in the trough of the sea, the waYes mast high rolling round her, waiting to engulf her. We passed about six miles of field ice, quite close to it. The gale increased, and the captain began to grow anxious, as indeed he had good cause. Somehow, even then I did not feel afraid, because I knew not the danger. The only likeness I can give you of the waves, is that they seemed like huge sandhills in a raging wind, when the sand is blown about in clouds, such was thcspr&y. About 5.30 p.m., a tremendous sea struck her, carrying away the life-boat that was lushed to iron davits nine inches in circumference j these were snapped in two. The same sea broke into and smashed the mate's cabin and the pantry, and burst into the saloon far worse than before, since now the saloon was knee deep in water. The seas oontmued breaking over her, and her lee bulwarks were always under water. About six pan. a fearful sea broke over the poop, smashed in the whole of the skylight, and poured its volumes down, at the same time breaking in the front of the saloon, and all the cabins on side, namely port, fell flat,—l can't express The ta b i e waa Bmilahe( £ the £ ano overturned and the sideboard and sides, fronts, bunks, bedding and Weiiee, We » 6 •weptwith violence across the saloon, bursting into the cabin an the other side, the one that rerauned; «11 was now a confused mass of

dthriu Most, and I among them, rushed for the companion, the only access to the poop. On my way, as I scrambled over the debris of doors and planks, &c., Mrs. Thompson was linrled out of one of the cabins on the side that was yet standing, unci fell among tile litL-.-r ; the water whs neclc deep (I'm not exaggeratins), but I managed to haul her out, and gave her ta her husband, who was alongside me. 1 L'i>t my ion jammed between the pi&n > and table, and could not £et it out til! the ship ciive a lurch, and the water 3 riled them to the other fide, and so released me. Then I scrambled up the companion. It was a fearful o:ie 1 shall never forget; it will remain freshly imprinted on my memory till my dyiiif! d:iy. The vessel w.is taken ab irk by the huTicine, the seas pouring over her lee side, and her foremast and foreyard were buried iu the water*. She w:u completely under water, only -huwini; her other masts and yards. With others, I clung in despair to the iee rigging on the poop, willi the water clie'l. deep pouring round us, thinking every minute to be sent into eternity. 1 never dreumt of being saved. The sailers, even the tew that shewed themselves, were s> struck with feai* that they do nothing. The ship Would not be tfov.-rned by her rudder, and became unmanugable. The fcreyard was now snapped in twain, the only two e*ils that wore set being split int.) ribbons. Ropes cracked, blocks and iron bolts flew about like feathers. The hurricane wis upon us. The sky presented a lurid appearance, and was of a deep purj.de. The vessel, soon as the sails were blown away, came round to her rudder. After clinging on for some time, I grew so cold, being wet through, that I could hold on no longer, and determine I, cost what it may, to get under the cover of the companion ladder, out of the piercing cold. This I did ; and then I heard rung out above all the roar of the tempest, that " the captain was overboard !" It was, a a*, too true! The captain and Kennaway (who shared my cabin), poor fellows ! aid:?, were both gone, carried away, it is supposed, by the same sea, and 110 one saw them go, we all expected to be washed overboard in a few minl utes, to nobody seemed lo care much at the 1 time. It was no time for mourning, each had |to look out for himself. I saw a life buoy | flung over my head, as I clung to the rigging ; ami gazu'd down into the foaming waters Ito see if I could find for whom it was flung, but I could see nothing, save the foaming water as it flew past us 4 We were all wet through, no one had a dry thread upon him. I thought that everybody below would bo drowned, or else smashed or crushed to pieces by the mass of broken furniture dashing from one side of the saloon to the other. At last I lulf ro'.led and half scramble! down the companion ; it was crowded with men and women crouching together to keep themselves warm. At the bottom were eo*ne seamen getting some grog, and as I could see no saloon passengers I thought they were all drowned, but was told I hey were in the stern cabiu (Mr. and Mrs. Bomford's from Blenheim) the only one that was left not full of water j there I found them sitting on boxes to keep oul of the water. They had heard of the poor captain's fate, and supposed everybody on deck must have been washed overboard, so they thought I was drowned too. The ladies had been carried on the men's shoulders to this cabin, and poor Mr. Giles (a young clergyman in a consumption, going home), who was very weak, was held in bed, in one of the standing cabins, by a mail, while the mattrass kept heaving up and donn. That wiil show you the depth of the water; his was the top bunk. Thirty of us sat up all that night in the stern cabin in soaking clothes, expecting very minute to be drowned. The first mate would not then give his opinion whether the ship was safe or not ; towards morning he came in, and said, much to the joy of us all, that he thought now she might weather it. When daylight appeared, it was a woeful sight, the saloon was one large empty room, similar to a ball-room, but the dancers were absent, while in their r x --— I**...,*'" "ml nfhoard*. cr*"- K " ery, furniture, lu£rga-;e, &c. JNot a vestige of the cabins on the port side remained, not even the doorsills, nothing to show that cabins once stood there ; everything was piled in a mass against tiie cabins oil the other side. When ail was quiet, we found we had lost the captain, poor Kennaway, the second cabin steward, and all the three boats, leaving us without a chance of escape. All the bulwarks oil both sides were washed away, and all the live stock and stores dreadfully damaged. The second cabiu passengers fared no better than we did. The women were taken into the forecastle and put into the sailors' bunks. The sailors lost all their clothes, their chests being overturned and their contents washed out. The boatswain was nearly killed, having been struck by a sea and hurled against some iron tanks, so that he was in a state of stupor four or five hours. The ship being in sucli a crip, pled state, it was determined to stear for Valparaiso, the nearest port, and get repaired.— Nelson Colonist.

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SHIPPING., New Zealand Herald, Volume IX, Issue 2665, 13 August 1872

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SHIPPING. New Zealand Herald, Volume IX, Issue 2665, 13 August 1872

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