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VOYAGE OF " THE STEADFAST."I

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VOYAGE OF THE STEADFAST." Ti, horrors otaseavoyage/'asthcphrasei-, deter I '"ayaia,;niyiromdecKh.?(,naeohuia),iu preference to a home, hfe. ?rymanyconsiderittohemadeupof sea-sickne-s and ?t«!o-a four months' biank-an impri- sonn.ent,wtth acha))ceofbo),? drowncd. ToaU such we recommend the ?n.sa) ,t'tle livel.?, ?ketcli of the sayings and do)nKSonhoardthf..???. In every other ship whne there .sas?,eh?in to make the time a..]easant]yt)u.re?,))betuund file I q??(?,?t)y -i ,ll(isllil)s oftilo illo?t I;i?till(r 7 it re forillt,( itil( i many a hearty langh and social hour are enjoyed years atterward?n chattern? over the events of shipboard  V' s,,iile(i t ?",Il oil till e ot' F?1). 27t]i, d,titiii,,(l there one day in conse- quence of Captain Spencer being obliged to procure an- ?hercar),ent.r. the ship sailing upon temperance prin- 1\ ciples," \hick it tli(,, carpenter shipped in the Docks (tdnotvoynsnUyadhereto. Soon after noon, on the -hthwe?ereotf I)ovol., il(,t '1('f't us, and ? ?, proceeded wtthasHf!hree?iro.n the X.X.H.do?n the e 1,ass0(1 Head about midnight, and i1 orTt,land I B,> ay on t,he morning of .March 1st, when we bid adteutotbesborc',of ()idj;n?.,nd;someau)on?tus doubtless with sorrowing hearts, but the bright prospects ofthenewco)ony.,uick)y dis),et!ed the gloom that bun" overus.()nthefo))owiu?day,thep()ntterer (himself a true son of the Kmcra)d!s)e) wcnt into the forebotd for provisions, when he unshipped two fine specimens of the finestpisanln/m the wodd," who, it appeared, had heard such extraordinary accounts of the Canterbury Settlement uuu, suie anu tney wouhl nl stay at home at all. at all and had smuggled themselves on' board in order to pro- cure a passage thereunto. In erossing- the Bay of Biseay, sen-siekness, with all ils horrors and se)!?hness, was, of course, rife amongst us. Hie females especially suffered, butt).e?M<?/ showed a clean pan-of heels, and we 'uiddy left the 'Ba"y behind I and sea-sickness was spoken of as a thing that had been soiiie itid(,e(l L,']) to tile ?)tll we had strong favourable winds, and we stepped aJong most gallantly, with studding sails generally set. This ?y.ben??uday our chaplain (the Hev. Harare ""dgk'n.son read the mOl'lling service, and preached upon he mam deck. An inverted tub, with the union ??Town over .tanswered the purpose of readim-desk J?""?!")"?- the passengers, with a greater portion f^ 1' a■ lso, were present. Thcscenchad a peculiarly solemn eflect upon the mind, which wi!hH.treadi? pass 111ticIl (levot ()It li'?is ()I)s( 1.in ?J)?''?' ouroftho.epresent. Dai?; morning and even in"" service was.,owr?uhu?yestab!,s!,edand ?natt?e?d On he 11th we were off Madeira, distan^ t ab3out twenty- nnv\eenmu?t? Wl'st of it. T',e °rBnf "■ fto ooouurisseelhv e.s as growing m such great abundance there ma,le the is and the object of intense interest to us; but wcc..nso)cd ourselves, like the fox with the grape" beyond his 1,'N, Ot)?L?l' t))??t tlle t'?'Llit be unnpe and ttii L, ?t,?bl?. %e the view, however gl-?Ll)', ?"1(1 more disposed to enjovmen of every kkihnid dYby our d^ ashing along at the rate of ,deven i' .1 1 olig ?tt tl,, ,.at, of ,ei, 1,iiil twelve On thc ?th we were first becalmed, but nnltV. a short time, as a breeze springing up from the north-ea"t, we were asam bounding over the deep I)IIie and on the 15tl1 we were .air)y wit?n the ronic proud of onr ship, and speculating upon the   '??'"S "°""? the anticipated >r 'b-ibi'livti, V'/Vr f T"e I This e\'ening ar,i • ,1 of th a- ll I han,,d,? WwP ere mustered on tf he mai n deck for dancing both cabin and steerage passengers united most cordially in the amusement,  waf .°"?d nntii teno'ctoe? when" fCod save the Queen,"and three hearty cheers for ( aptam Spencer, was the signal for turning in. Up to the 2 ud we had alternately light variable winds and calms. The evenings were remarkably line, and were passed by us righuoyouoly singing, dancing, and music were the 0rder 0f tlie (lt3,. Otir exeellent captain appeared de- Ilkigdhitteed d with the happilless that pervaded all his passengers, and his kind manner to one and all will be long reinem- bered by us with deep and heartfelt gratitude. Dr. rmVl l T (our Surgeou Supcrintendent) although some- what iimnv.a;lided, did everything possible to promote harmony and good feeling amongst us, and usually opened our balls with one of the ladies, but whether she located in the cahin or steerage he did not appear one jot parti- cular, provided the dance was set going. Dming the hot weather he had baths erected, and the demand for sea- water every morning was immense. Some indulged in the shower bath others dipped themselves, or were dip- ped in the tubs, but either way the luxury was certainly very great, and was so fully appreciated, that there were but few on board who did not avail themselves of it. The heat was at times most oppressive, and our costumes be- came singularly light and picturesque yet, with it all, we managed, by some kind of diversion or other, to survive it, and even to enjoy ourselves highly. 0il file 31.st we fell in with the r;"1/¡ie from Bally's Straits and bound fur Rotterdam. She hove to, and we sent oil letters to our anxious friends at home for whose sakes it was that the Eugenic had such sincere and hearty wishes for her safe and speedy run. Soon after passing the line (which we did on April 2, in longitude 2: west) we hooked two sharks, within a couple of hours of each other; one measured IOJ feet, and the other upwards of seven feet. They were unanimously condemned as hideous monsters, and the sailors did not forget their antipathy to sea-lawyers, in the indignity with which they treated them after heing hoisted upon deck. During the after- noon we descried a strange looking object floating very easily to leeward a boat put off, and a large flat fish, cal eda Squid, ahout four feet long by nearly three feet broad, was shipped, but not before it was broken un SLVelal P'eces, irom its blubber-like consistence gii,iiig way under the hands. From April the 6th we had moderate trade winds, but somewhat variable in their duration, often ceasing altogether, when our patience was sorely tried by the horrible calms. The evenings became cooler, and arrangements were made for getting up a fancy dress ball, when such stores of finery and incon- gruous articles were brought to light, and pressed into use for the occasion, that the unfortunate bachelors on board were utterly bewildered. Decidedlv they saw more of the mysteries of a hdy's wardrobe then than was ever dreamt of in their philosophy previously. The ladies' fingers were for !lIvh ac',veI7 employed with scissors and needles and thread for three or four days, and on the 9th the ball came on The captain very kindly had the poop covered in, and decorated with flags of every colour of the rainbow. A transparency formed the central orna- ment, although the design was somewhat obscure: but there was no mistaking the union jack which floated over and around it. The revellers assembled at seven o'clock, and where all the characters were well chosen, and ably maintained, it may be invidious to attempt any individual descnptions. Dancm? was kept up with great spirit until ftpen o'clock, when a cold supper was served upon the poop, with as much negus as heart could desire. A bowl of punch was afterwards concocted; and after drinking the healths of our noble captain and others, not forgetting our absent friends, we separated for the night, highly de- lighted with the evenings anmsementand flllly impressed with the knowledge that" where there's a will there's a way" to effect anything, even on shipboard No bad conviction for intending colonists, by the way On April lath we escaped from the tropics, and, as we heartily trusted, from the calms, and looked forward hopefully for some cooler breezes. We passed the Cane on the 2nd of May, at Wi) miles south, off' which our de- sire for a cool breeze was gratified with a vengeance. A very severe gale set in from the north-west, with a cur- rent against us, which caused the sea to rise mountains high-litera ly such; and truly it was a sublime, although a territic sight for a landsman to behold. Our vessel rode along like a duck, and scudded before the wind under double-reefed topsails. Some heavy seas struck her, and caused her to tremble again fore and aft, whilst many a pretty, but involnntary scream emanated from the women, who thought we were going forthwith to Davy Jones's locker." A glorious war took place among the steward's crockery, and, for the first time in our lives, we saw that portion of the nursery rhyme come to pass which states t)tzit the dish ran after the spoon," for no sooner were the plates and dishes set upon the table than they (spoons and all) started instantcr, and" took" (in sportiii" phraseology) the guards set across the table for their pre- servation in gallant style; no thorough-bred steeple- chasers could have cleared then better. We were only too thankfnl to be able to procure some food in pic-nic fashion, seated upon the deck. The gale itself lasted about twelve hours, but it was a day and a half hefore we had much more canvas out. On the fith May the number of our passengers was in- creased by a little lady, who made her appearance one line afternoon and was baptised by the doctor, a week or two afterwards, by the name of Elizabeth Steadfast. Our passage from the Cape was made express indeed we had half a galc hlowing nearly the whole time from south-west to north-west. One day we accomplished 2H5 miles, and 200, 210, and 220 miles on three consecutive days. [n- deed, 200 miles we deemed an ordinary day's work. We were abreast ot an Dienien s Laud on June), at about eighty-live miles south,and on the 7th, at three p.m., we made Kniht's Island, and thc cry of "Land a-head" gave palpable evidence that none of us were asleep. All hands were on deck in a few seconds, and a person must be at sea for some three or four months ere he can fully understand the delight with which" the Snares" were hailed. More canvas was now shaken out, and the cap- tain directed his course due east, to avoid"the Traps" and Stewart's Island." Clear of these, our course was almost due north, an,1 on the Hth, at ten a,1))" we first descried" Banks' Peninsula," looming in the distance. We stood directly for it, and onr run up the east coast of Tavai I'oennammoo," ws made in a manner th 8tUUjM fnst only could accomplish. Daylight waned, but the moon which shone out most gloriously to welcome lis as it were, to our new homes, gave us a delightful dew of the coast, and in a measure compensated for a more dis- tinct view we should have had by daylight. 111 truth it was a magnificent and lovely night; and, had we liot been colonists we might probably have persuaded ourselves that we were intensely romantic. At midnight we cast anchor oil the mouth of Victoria harbour, and the next morning worked our way up abreast of Lyttelton, where we learnt that the Duke ':1' hrc.ute lian cast anchor eight hours before us. Our voyage was made in 1111 days, reckoning from the day we weighed anchor otl Oravesend to casting it again in Victoria hnrhonr, and we flatter our- selves tht our passag has, been the most raj,id of any vessel chartered by the Canterbury Association. The treat Old ISoreas" condescended to favour its with oil the night after our arriva) was regarded by the passengers with about as much indifference as it was hy the Steadfast hcr«elt. True, her anchor came ""?. '"?'?'v'e fathoms of cable, but a second anchor, with forty-live fathoms of cable, mad e her as worthy of her name inher- ing stathnury, as she had proved herself in j'oimj a-hcad, 0 v v

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