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ARRIVAL OF THE BASQUE GANYMEDE.

Mr Alexander White's new purohase— the clipper iron barqne Ganymede— arrived from Newcastle on Saturday, Deo. 2nd. She ia under the command of Captain Morgan, lato of the Annie Bow, who furnishea us with the following report of her passage :— Left Newcastle on Novembor loth, with a light northerly wind, whioh veered to the S.E. on the 17th. Experienced light S.E. and southerly winds up to the 2 itb. On the 25th, encountered a heavy S.E. gale, which continued up to Monday the 28th. Made West Cape at 3 a.m. on that day, and at noon, tho gale increasing, hove to under lowormaintopaail. On Tuesday, tho 29th, Milford Sound was bearing east. Tho wind then foil light, and veered to tho N.B. and N., gradually increasing to a strong N.W. breeze. This proved the firat opportunity of trying the veß3el'a sailing qualitdoa since leaving- Newbastlo, and she ran the distance of 30 miles between Five Finger Point and Windsor Point m 2 hours and 15 minutes. The wind foil calm at the entrance of tho Straits with a heavy westerly swell. On December Ist, at 2 p.m., a light N.W. breeze sprang up. Passed the Bluff at 4 p.m., with a strong westerly breeze. Spoko the Eliza Firth, bound to Dnnedin. The wind then fell light, and veered to tho E.S.E., with thick rainy-weather. On Friday, December 2nd, at 8 a.m., passed Capo SaundoM with light southerly wind and rain. At 8 ]>.vi. the same day, passed Oamaru, and at midnight hove to for daylight off Timaru, coming to an anchor at 6 a.m. Daring the afternoon a number of prominent citizens proceeded on board to inspect the vessel, and wero heartily welcomed by Captain Morgan and the owner, Mr A. Whito. Tho first thing which attracted one's attention was the exceptional cleanliness and neatness of the vessel, and the trim order m which she had been brought into port. She is a vessel of 569 tons register, and carries 1000 tons dead weight. She was built m Sunderland m 1868 by Doxford and Co., for tho West Coast of America copper trade. She is 168 ft m length, 28ft of beam, and 17ft m depth. Her bottoms are double-plated, and she has all now after-deok, tho saloons and cabins having been recently done. The saloon is 35ft by 12ft, white enamelled, and sot off with gold, the cushions being of crimson velvet. Around it are five Btate cabins, a bathroom, captain's cabin, etc., all nicely fitted up. She has accommodation for 20 saloon and 20 forecabin paisongers and carries 18 hands all told. She is classed AAI for 100 years, and beforo being purchased by Mr White, was docked m Adelaide and specially surveyed. Sho is m every way a handsome addition to our local fleet, and cannot be beaten for her class by any vessel m the colonies. We trust Mr White's enterprise m purchasing such a fine vessel will be rewarded as it deserves, and that he will be well supported by our local merchants. At the same time we are satisfied Captain Morgan will do full justice to hia new command. After those who visited the vessel on Saturday afternoon had inspected her thoroughly, an adjournment was made to the saloon, whoro the healths of tho barqne, Mr Whito and Captain Morgan wore heartily drunk. At the invitation of the owner, Mr A. White, and Captain Morgan, of the barqne Ganymede, some forty of the loading citizens of Timaru proceeded on board on Thursday, Dec. Bth, and wore heartily welcomed. An inspeotion of the vessel ensued, and the unanimous verdict oxpressed was that sho was as fine a oraffc of her size aa had ever visited tho port. An adjournment was then made to the saloon where a light repast had been provided. Mr T. W. Hall, by request of Mr White, took the chair, The usual loyal toasts such as " Tho Queen and the Royal Family," "Tho Army, Navy and Volunteers," (the latter coupled with the name of Captain Hamersley, who made a short bnt suitable reply, pointing out that tho commercial navy was to a certain extent dependant on tho army) having been heartily drunk and responded to, tho Chairman proposed the health of the owner of tho Ganymede, Mr A. Whito. Ho said Mr White by purchasing such a vessol had testified to the energy of the merchants of Timaru. Tho barquo was a3 fine a one as could bo got anywhere, and he was sura thoy would all wish hor every succoss. It was a pity Timaru was not a port of registry, so that the name of tho place could bo painted on her stern. (Cheers.) Mr White briefly responded, saying ho knew more about sailing a ship than speaking. He was only too glad to see them all there. He believed the Ganymedo was about tho largest vessel over brought insido the Breakwater. He hoped, and had no doubt that she would prove a successful speculation. Ho had bought her to run direct between Timaru and Home, and after she had made another trip to Newcastle, she would be put regularly into the Home trade. Mr C. Bourne proposed the health of Capt. Morgan, and m doing so said he was sure all present would wish him the best success m his new command. He (Mr Bourne) was a land not a sea shark, and therefore could not bo expeoted to know much about maritime matters. Ho believed, however, that the success of a. Teasel depondod to a great extent on tho Captain. Tho pooplo of Timaru were always glad to see captains among them, but at the same thno they liked to sec them, for the qredit of the port, got away as soon aa possible. Captain Morgan had m tho past, conio and gone like a weaale, m other words that ho had got quick despatch, and he trusted he would always do so m future Ho would ask them to drink his health without any heel-taps. (Cheers.) Captain Morgan said he was a shellback. Ho could manage a vessel, but ho could not make a speech. He assured thoso present, ho was very glad to sco thorn on board, and trusted they would visit the vessol again, whon ho would welcomo them heartily. As a young man, he felt justly proud of his now command, and ho trusted other vessels of a similar class would soon belong to tho port of Timaru. His only regret was that Timarn was not a port of registry, so that the name of " Timawj " only, instead of " Port Adelaide," a3 at present, or " Lyttelton," or " Port Chalmers " might be paintod on the Ganymede's stern. However, he intended to have " Lyttelton" put m very small letters under " Timaru." (Applause.) When ho took the vessel Homo, and people saw tho namo of "Timaru" on hor, they would naturally inquire whore tho port was, and ho would toll them it was one of no littlo importance, and one which would soon beat Lyttelton and Port Chalmers. (ChGors.) Ho thanked thorn moot heartily for the way m whioh thoy hod drunk his health. His main objeot would bo to mako money for the owner of the vessel, out m doing so ho would take every oaro of hor. Ho hoped noxt time ho returned to Timaru to soe other largo vessels lying insido the Breakwater. The Chairman proposed the toast of " Trade and Commerce," couplod with the name of Mr Moss Jonaa. In doing so he alluded to tho marked strides whioh Timaru had taken Binco ho had sottlod m tho place over 20 yoars ago. Timaru. now stood second on thp list of grain oxporting ports m New Zealand. Ho had coupled Mr Jonas' name with tho toast because that gentleman had shown by his energy and perseverance what a man could do hore. Mr Jonas m a humorous but practical spoeoh responded to the toast. Ho said ho had rosidod m Timara for somo years, and ho hod a great deal nioro money now than whon ho loft Jerusalom. A, friond of his had lately oomo to him and asked him to lend Him ,£IOO. Ho «aid ho would chargo him 10 per cent for it. Hia friond got his back up, and oaid ho was robbing him. Ho (Mr Jonas) tbon said ho would ohargo him .£l2, which his friond agreed to, and wont away, thinking ho had tho best of tho transaction. This showod how oaroful pooplo should bo m businoss transactions. Alluding to tho Ganymede, ho said they must havo vessels to encourage thoir trade. Suohmon as Mr Whito wore gradually driving Lyttolton and Port Chalmers into tho background, according to tho wiah of tho people of Timarn. Aftor referring to the increase m tho shipping trado of tho port, he dwelt on land opooulation, whioh ho said had m tho past boon the curso of tho oolony. Pooplo stricken with tho land fovor had bid too high and had boon unablo to mako a second payment for thoir land, causing their first payment to be forfeited. They had hoard a great deal about laboring mon deserting tho colony. Ho would tell them the cause of it. These mon, whon tho timos wero good mode a lot of money and saved it up, m view of speculating m land. They wanted to mako a fortune all at onoe, and invested it m land, tho result being that they lost all their savings and had to leave Now Zealand. It waa thoir own, not tho country's fault. Now Zealand was one of tho finest countries m the world, and ho believed m a very short time the tide of immii gration would again sot m to its shores, Men with money, and not poor people, would flock here m large numbers. He trusted tho trade and commerco of Tituaru. would increase and prosper m the {utuia as it had done m tho past, and Mr Alexander White's branoh of it m particular. (Cheers.) Tho Chairman, at tho request of Mr Whito, aiosed the health of Mr Henry Green, who acted m his agent and helped him to a great extent m buying the vessol. Mr Groon ropliod, saying ho was vory thankful Mr Whito appreciated any sorvico he had rendered him, and th,at he wen as proud of tho veassl as Sir White was. Tho Chairman then proposed the health of the Presi, oouplod with the namo of Mr Herbert Belfield, whom ha ohsxaoteriMd as the fattier of tho Preii m Timaru, (Applause.) Thfc tout w»i drualt trith roytl honor*.

Mr Belfiold said he had to return his best thanka on behalf of the Press for the manner m which the toast had beon responded to, tho more so becanso it was tho duty of tho local newspapers to record the fact that a yossel like' tho Ganymede had been brought inaidfl the Breakwater. It had been their dream for years that such an event should take place. The Press would havo a pleasing duty m bearing testimony to tho local man who, by hia own energy, had been able to buy such a vessel as the Ganymede. Ho (Mr Belfield) had known Timaru for over twenty-two years, and ho had never lost faith m it. In onco more returning thanks for tho Proas he wonld say that he had a greater pleasuroin doing so, because at tho present timo he did not think tho toast would havo beon reoeivod m auoha hearty manner on shore. (Laughter.) The Chairman then proposed tho health oE tho Harbor Master, Captain Mills, who, ho said, had boon with na sixteen years, and ho was sure they would all wiah that ho would remain for many more years. Captain Mills had always proved tho right man m tho right place. The toast was responded to with cheers. Captain Mills replied very briefly. After thanking them for the hearty manner m which thoy had toasted him and " the littlo Mills'," ho said the Ganymede was tho first vessel of her size which had been so near the Timaru beach. When heavier moorings were received from Home he would not hesitate to bring m vessels of twice her size, aa tho Breakwater provided wator and shelter for them. He had never been the means of oausing an accident to a vessel m Timaru yet — although ho hod been charged with it — and he hoped ho never would be. Mr Donald Maclean proposed tho toast of the " Timaru Harbor Board," coupled with the namo of Mr T. W. Hall. In doing so he said tho Board had performed their work ont of pure love, and ho was sure every man m South Canterbury would agree with him when he said they had spont their money wisely, judiciously, prudently, and to the purpose. (Cheers.) Mr Hall m reply said ho regretted Captain Cain, one of tho oarliest settlers m tho district, was not present to bear him out m saying that from tho first thoso who took up their quarters m Timaru believed m the ultimate succoss of a breakwater. It was no littlo encouragement to the Harbor Board to find thoir actions wero so highly appreciated. Whon ho first came to Timaru every boat had to be hove up by main strength by means of a capstan. Ho believed tho Harborworks would prove a thorough success, which would be due m the main to tho Engineer, Mr John Goodall, and also to tho contractors. He had muoh pleasuro m proposing Mr Goodall's houlth. The toast was drunk with three times three, Mr Goodall m response saying he had from tho first felt confident tho work would bo carried out successfully, and that tho bugbear— tho shiuglo— of eminent engineers would prove a myth. The shingle question was now quite settled, at any rate for twenty or thirty years to come. Tho healths of " Tho Contractors, for the Breakwater, Messrs Jones and Petors " ; of "Mr Cooper, Collector of Customs " ; of " Tho Officers of tho Ganymedo," coupled with the name of Mr Cousins, Chiof Officer; and of " Tho Chairman, Mr T. W. HnJl," having been drunk without heel-taps, tho visitors returned to dry la,nd, having spent a most pleasant two hours m Mr White's and Captain Morgan's company.

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ARRIVAL OF THE BASQUE GANYMEDE., Timaru Herald, Volume XXXV, Issue 2269, 29 December 1881

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ARRIVAL OF THE BASQUE GANYMEDE. Timaru Herald, Volume XXXV, Issue 2269, 29 December 1881

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