ARRIVAL OF THE SHIP McCALLUM MORE.
Yesterday afternoon, about two o'clock, the signal. for a ship was observed flying afc the inner flagstaff. Speculation immediately became rife aa to whether it was the 0-olden Sea, the Wennington, or the MoCallum Moro, all of which were due ; and the interest became deeper when the signalman ran up the signals — "Ship is large; lies becalmed." There was not enough wind, to show the flaga plainly, and the vessel was lying some distance off the Heads. Under these circumstances, being uncertain whether the ship might not he one with immigrants, the Government determined to send out the paddle steamer Luna to tow her in. About three o'clock iv the afternoon the Luna got up steam and started down the harbor, having on board Mr Charles Haughton and Mr Huntly Eliott, Immigration Officers, Dr Johnston, Health Officer, Captain Halliday, Harbormaster, members of the Board of Health, Dr Henry Meadows, late surgeon-superintendent of the immigrant ship Woodlark, Capt Black, of the City of Glasgow, and a number of others who had gone on board under the impression that there were immigrants on the ship. The Lnna went down the harbor at fine speed, and after rounding the point descried a large ship, with double topgallant yards, lying in the swell of the sea, about eight or nine miles off Sinclair Head. On coming within speaking distance, she was found to be the ship McOallum More, from" Glasgow direct, without immigrants, and bringing only a large cargo of iron material for the public works. Pilot Holmes had already gonev on board before the Luna steamed up, but there was no wind to enable the ship to come in, and the steamer was hailed by a shout of welcome from her decks. A strong hawser was immediately payed out, and fastened to the Luna securely and firmly. Steam was then got up in both boilers, and a start made for Wellington. The immense balk and weight of the Teasel and her cargo caused some time to elapse before the steamer could get her fairly under way, but when once that was dose and Barretts Reef had been passed, Captain Fairchild brought his double charge down the fairway in very short time, rounding the point about 8 p.m. " Easy ahead" then brought the ship abreast of the colliers Queen of. the Sea and Frowning Beauty, and shortly after, the hawser was cast oflythe way she had on bringing the ship considerably further down towards the quay. The anchor was dropped about 8.30 p.m., and the Luna brought up alongside the Anne Melhuish. to coal, her passengers having to make an involuntary moonlight scramble amongst the collier's rigging and coal dust in order to reach the wharf. The MoCallum More ia far and away the nobleat merchant ship that has ever come into Wellington harbor, and entirely eclipses the much tailed of Douglas j the loom-of her masts as she followed the Luna gave proof of, her great Biie, and speculations were not belied on paying her a visit. She was built at the yards of Messrs Robert Duncan and Co, on the Clyde, and ia owned" by Messrs John Potter and others, .of London. ' The present is her maiden voyage, she having been chartered soon after she had bsen launched, by the New Zealand Shipping Company, to bring out a large cargo of iron. Her registered tonnage is 1668 j length, 260 feet (22 feet longer than the City of Glasgow); breadth, 40 feet ; and depth, 23 feet. The decks are in man-of-war order, and there is ample space for a large number .of inami- • grants being comfortably accommodated. In- - deed, considerable surprise was exhibited by
those who went on board and saw her capabilities, that so fine a chip should nofc have boen selected for the despatch of immigrants, instead of some of the inferior vessels which bring them. One peculiar mark about her rig is that she carries double topsail yavds and double topgallant yards, and the Yankee notion of a monkey gaff. Her royal yards having been sent down before she entered the harbor gave a somewhat strange look to the 'rigging at first. On deck she is fitted with all the latest improvements, amongst them being a wonderfully handy steam windlass, which can lift the heaviest loads to and from her hold with ease, and only requires one man to direct it. The anchor, also, can be raised by steam i saving thereby an immense deal of time and trouble. Below, the saloon and cabins with the accessories and fittings, are the very best of their kind, and offer accommodation and comfort on a voyage which no other sailing vessol in port has shown. The after cabins are particularly roomy and comfortable, well ventilated and handsomely furnished, and fitted with an excellent bathroom. Tho other cabins, running down eaoh side of the saloon, are also very large for a passenger ship, and supplied with every requisite for a long voyage. The only regret is that they were all quite unoccupied during tho trip. To the right of the entrance to tbe saloon are the officers' cabins quite as commodious as those of the frigates which come to this port; while the stewards' pantry to the left is a perfect model of what such an institution ought to be, with every appliance and convenience Not the least important part of the saloon furniture is' a well-choseu library, and a splendid pier glass at the fore end. Taken all in all, the manner in which the M'Calltim More has been equipped in every part shows that her owners must have been regardless of expense in making her everything that an Al clipper passenger ship should be, and as she is bran new, her fittings are to be seen under their beet face, ar.d a visit will amply repay any trouble, and will no doubt induce many who are wishing to take the voyage to the old country to select the McOullum More as the ship they will go by. There being no berth at present vacant at the wharf which would accommodate bo largo a vessol, she will probably wait in the fairway until she can have that lately vacated by the Wemyss Cattle, and now held by the collier, Anne Melhuish. The following is a detailed report of the ship's voyage: — The clipper ship McOallum More, AAI at Lloyd's, 1668 tons register, Ail am Smith, commander, left Glasgow for Wellington on the 4th February, but was detained at the Tail of tha Bank at Greenock by contrary winds arid nasty weather. She crossedj the line on the 27th of February, in longitude 23 degrees west; and on the Bth March,, signalled and spoke the ship Undine, from London, bound for Otago (the arrival of which at Port Chalmers has already been telegraphed) ; and on the 30fch March signalled another ship, tbe Aviemore, from Plymouth, bound to Sydney. From the 2nd to the 4th of 4-pril a gale from, the soath prevailed and freshened until it came on to blow with a great fierceness, with very heavy sea, the ship behaving well. On tho 19th the.. Soutl) Cape of Tasmania was signalled j and Capo Farewell was sighted on Saturday morning. She was off Mana in the afternoon, when a south-west breeze was caught, which kept her in the Straits all day. On the 27th (yesterday), she was lying becalmed off the heade. Took the pilot on board eight miles to the S.W. of the lighthouse, and shortly afterwards the Luna put in a welcome appearance, and towed her down the harbor to the anchorage. The names of the officers are as follows: — chief officer, Mr Johnson ; second officer, Mr McFarlane; third officer, Mr Hodson. The McCallum More brings 580 large iron pipes of the same kind as those in the City of Glasgow, 2800 iron rails; and 500 tons general cargo. She is consigned to Messrs Johnston and Co., agentß in Wellington for the New Zealand Shipping Company.
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