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SEVENTH DAY ADVENTISTS. On Saturday afternoon a vessel strange to New Zealand waters arrived in the Waitemata, being the mission schooner Pitcairn, Captain Marsh, a fine specimen of American shipbuilding. She is a shapely wooden craft of 115 tons, and is quite new, having been launched from Messrs. Turner and Chapman's yards at Benicia, Cal., in July, 1890. Her rig is that of a topsail schooner, and she presents a taunt appearance, everything on board being in first-class order. The Pitcairn is owned by tho General Conference of Seventh Day Adventists, whose head - quarters tire at Battle Creek, Michigan, and was constructed specially for mission purposes in the Pacific on their behalf. After being carefully fitted out she loft San Francisco in October, 1890, and steered for Pitcairn Island, whore tho followers of the Seventh Day doctrines are numerous. After a pleasant stay there she made her way through the Society and Rervey Groups, touching at several ports. Thence she sailed to Samoa and lay in Apia Harbour for a week. Tonga was her next" place of call, and thence she proceeded to the Fiji Group, where she called at several placos. Leaving Suva on September 21, she sailed for Norfolk Island, and reached that headquarters of the Anglican •Melanosian Mission on the 30th. A week's stay was made, and on the 7th inst. the schooner got under way for Auckland. She had fine weather with westerly winds till arrival. When the Pitcairn left San Francisco she had on board the following missionaries : — Mr. and Mrs. Gates, Air. and Mrs. Tay, Mr. and Mrs. Read. Of these Mr. and Mrs. Tay wore left at Suva, to conduct operations in the Fiji Group, and Mr. Read and his wife, as well as Mrs. Marsh, the captain's wife, stayed behind at Norfolk. Tho Pitcairn brought up from Norfolk Island seven of the inhabitants as passengers, while Mr. and Mrs. Gates are still on board of the original party. The schooner will probably remain here till the arrival of the next '1' risco Mail, when she will return to Norfolk Island. . As there is a strong and organised congregation of Seventh Day Adventists here, the missionaries will no doubt be welcomed warmly by their brethren. >

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THE MISSION SCHOONER PITCAIRN., New Zealand Herald, Volume XXVIII, Issue 8695, 12 October 1891

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THE MISSION SCHOONER PITCAIRN. New Zealand Herald, Volume XXVIII, Issue 8695, 12 October 1891