THE BARQUE BEBINGTON, FROM LONDON.
The barque Bebington was signalled from the South yesterday shortly boforo noon, and at 3 p.m. the vessel anchored off Rhodes' Bay. The ship was .at ouce cleared, all being well on board. On going ; On board the reporters wero welcomed by Captaiu jßoboitß, who is iv comm and. This is Captain Roberts' first trip to thiß port aa master of a vessel although he has visited New Zealand on a previous occasion, having brought oat the ship Whito Eagle to Port Cbtthuurs boforo her sale to the New Zealand Shipping Co. The Bebington comes undor charter to Mosaic Shaw, Saviil and Co., and brings 32 passengers, all told, 3 of whom are saloon, 8 Second cabin, and 21 steerage, beside a very large and valuable cargo. The passengers wore very coin- ' fortably quartered in the 'tween decks, and wero _ aanimous iv their expressions of praise regarding tho kindness aud courtesy shown thorn by Captain ' Bohorfcs aud the officers of the vessel. The passage ' _03 extended over a period of 101 dayß from tho dooks to a clioroge, and 98 days from landing tho pilot to uroniug the Snares. Capt. Roberts Biipplios the following report : — left tbe East India Doolrs on Oct. 11, and gofc away from Gravesend next day. Landed pilot oil Bolt Heads on Oct. 14, aid met with southerly and sonth-east winds and dirty weather dr»wn channel. Xtight and variable and northerly winds were experionced acoss tho Bay, the Island of Palina being pansed ou Oot. 27. The north-oast trades were mot with on Nov. 4in 520.43 north. 20.40 west —ley wero but light, and left the ship in 10.21 north on Nov. 10. Pioked np fche south-east trade 3 in 5.10 north, tho Equator boing crossed in 20.07 west on NOV; 10. Tho south-cast trades were fair, and held to Nov. 27 in 19.59 south, and 29.27 west, whon tho Island of Trinidad was passed. Northerly weather was theu met with, and on Dec. 7 tho vetsel called in at Tristan D'Acunha and got some sheep and potatoes, giving Borne otho* provisions in exchange. All on the Island were well, with the exception of one woman, who waß suffering from dropsy. The westerly winds were mot with in 38.17 vottth, and 6.20 west on Deo. 9, and proved very fair in strength. Ou Jan 1, whon in 48 46 south and 86.50 cast, a fresh g ile from west-north-west to wost was . experienced, a hoaVy sea running all tho time. At midnight the steering gear got adrift, nnd the ship broached to, a heavy sea breaking aboard from tho fore to tho main rigging, carrying away the whole of tho bulwarks on the starboard side. The main topgallant carried away at the same time, and the fore topmast staysail was —town to ribbonß. The gale lasted until next day, the weather continuing stormy and squally to Jan. 12, when it moderated. On Jan. 16 the Bebington passed the Snares, boing 25 miles to the southward at 7 a.m; that day. The coast of New Zealand was sighted on Jun. 17, at 8 p.m., between Nugget Point and Cape Saunders, with tho wind north east. Calms and variable winds were met with nexfc day, . and on Sunday a breeze from tho south south-we3t. v. Banks Peninsula was sighted at 3 a.m. yesterday; - -made the Heads -shortly before noon, and at 3 p.m. droppo.l anchor in harbour. The passengers presented Captain Roberts with a testimonial, expressing their thanks for the kindness and courtesy shown them by him during the passage, and. their . appreciation of his endeavonis to promote tho happiness and comfort of all on brard. Tho Bebington has 1250 tons of cargo for this port, her agents being Messrs Edwards, Bennett, and Co. Th 6 f^l lowing ships were spoken :— Oct. 24, sarqao Llama for Valparaiso in 36.46 north, 17.28 west ; Oct. 27, Qermau ship showing B.D.F.G, .Newport to Singapore, 3t.31 north, 16.13 west; Nov. 19, 0.30 north, 26.07 west, ship Soukar from Oantorbury. Prince Edward's Island was passed on Deo. 20.
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