ARRIVAL OF THE MEROPE FROM PLYMOUTH.
The ship Meropo, ono of Messrs Shaw, Saville and Co's line, arrived here yesterday from Plymouth, with immigrants. The arrival of an immigrant ship being such an unusual occurrence here, the Merope attracted no little attention. She was first seen early m the^morning to the southward, but did not reach Timaru till between two and three o'clock m the afternoon. Just befoie the vessel reached the roadstead the harbormaster went aboard and brought her. to an anchorage about a mile from the shore. Shortly afterwards a hoafc containing the Immigration Officer (Mr F. LeCren), the Health Officer (DrMclntyre), the Uev. X A. Lingard,; and other gentlemen, proceeded to the vessel. The Health Officer having found that no disease existed among the immigrants, clearedj the vessel. An inspection of ; the immigrants and vessel was then made, ' everything appearing to be m capital order. The vessel is well fitted up for the accommodaton of immigrants, the sleeping places being arranged on the most appoved principles. From the doctor, Mr Hasart, it was elicited that there had been but little sickness during ■ the voyage, no disease of any serious : nature having broken out. Three deaths of'infauts,' he Btated, had. occurred, one from tabes mesenfcerica, another from . diarrhoea, .and the third from premature birth. -The births on board were two m number, The single m«n, of whom there are about eighty, . are sturdy looking fellows, evidently usetl to hard work. The married men ace.-' clearly of the right stamp for the colonies. -The .majority of tiie men are agricultural laborers the others mostly following useful trades.' Thesingle women, who came out under the charge of Mrs Bartropp, are healthy and strong m appearance, nearly all being domestic servants. The immigrants appear to be in 'capital spirits;' and they speak well of. the manner m which they have been treated by the Captain, Doctor, and others m authority. The Captain is Mr J. Sutherland, who was formerly m command of the Crusader, m which he made several trips to Canterbury. The present is hia first ' voyage m the Merope, and he speaks highiy-of her sailing qualities. The voyage, he says, was a very favorable one, extendiug over 85 days. The Captain's report is as follows : — " Left Plymouth at noon on tho Ist of July, wind SAY. Continued so for" three days. Afterwards had light but favorable winds, wliich carried the vessel into tho Jf.E. trades. These •wero light .throughout, and wore lost m 11 north, whon the usual light variable winds and calms provailed.for somo days. The equator wa3 crossed on tho morning of the 27th of July m. 2730 W. Hence across tho southern tropic 3 tho wind camo from S.S.E to' S.S.W., and m consequence tho ship was carried so" far we3t that several tacks had to be made bofore weathoring the coast of Brazil, which was not finally cleared until tho Bth of August. The meridian, of the Capo was crossed on tho 23rd of August m latitudo 45. From that till off the -South Cape of Tasmania, which was passed on. tho 13th of September, strong west and southwest winds prevailed, several times amounting to a gale with very high -sea, the ship making good runs $ftsa logging 300 and as much as 320 niiles'a day. From off Tasmania till making the Snares, which were sighted at 2a.m. on the 20th, .had. . , light ; northerly winds mostly, calms prevailing during three days. On Monday last,light:N.E. wind was experienced, lasting till Wednesday, whon a light S.W. breezo'spratlg up, and continued till the ship's avrivttl~TJtr Timaru." Tho Captaiu further reports having passed two icebergs m latitude 4930, longitudo 12625. It being dark at tho time and a thick snow Btorm provailiug, the vessel narrowly escaped ruuning iuto" one of the icebergs. The vessel brings" a cargo. . of miscellaneous! goods, consigned to Messrs Dalgety, NichoU anil Co., a portion, being for Timaru. Sho will not, however, 'unload ' any cargo horo. The immigrants on board tho vessel seemed very pleased to see visiiors from the shore, and the Hey Mr Lingard was perfectly loaded with correspondence which he kindly undertook to post for them. The immigrants will all be landed this morning oarly, aud convoyed to the Timaru barracks. Numbers of them will aftorwards.be taken to the' several country barracks. .The Captain purposes sailing for Lyttelton this evening.
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