News from 1870: Maiden voyage of the barque Casma

Mark Baber

Jul 4, 2000
Otago Daily Times, Dunedin, New Zealand, 8 March 1870
Retrieved from the National Library of New Zealand web site,
Papers Past

The Casma, a very fine-looking new clipper, belonging to the White Star
line, arrived off the Heads, from Liverpool, on Sunday afternoon; her
number, however, was not made out till yesterday morning, when a signal was
made for a tug. The Geelong at once proceeded down, but being too late for
tide returned to the Port, and after coaling went down again, and towed the
barque in against a stiff sou'-wester on the evening's flood. Having powder
on board, she was brought to an anchor in the Quarantine Ground until it is
lightered. Of her passage out Captain M'Culloch, her master, reported that
the barque left Liverpool on the 5th of December, with light easterly winds.
Experienced a fair share of good winds until passing to the westward of
Madeira on the 14th. Had poor N.E. Trades, and crossed the Equator on the
29th, in long. 31 deg. W. Passed inside of Roccas, and had to tack several
times off the Brazilian coast. The S. E. Trades were tolerable, and after
losing them experienced winds to passing the meridian of the Cape, on the
22nd of January, in lat. 41 30 S. In running down her easting, experienced
variable weather and high seas until the 16th of February, when the
barometer indicated something more than ordinary, it being down to 28.55,
having fallen nearly one inch in two days. Her position was lat. 43.30 S,,
long. 98 E., at 6 p.m, the wind then veering from E.N.E. to North. At 9 p.m.
the breeze fell off and hauled suddenly round to S.W. and blew terrifically,
with violent squalls and fearfully confused sea, ship labouring heavily and
shipping great quantities of water over all. At noon on the 17th the
barometer rose to 29 46, blowing still a hard gale, but with less sea. Since
then nothing of note occurred until the morning of the 5th instant, when
hauling up from the southward the wind sprang suddenly up from W.N.W., and
blew for two or three hours very hard; about 3 p.m. it lulled, and veered to
S.W. and blew very heavily for about eighteen hours. At noon on the 6th it
became quite moderate, and Taiaroa Heads bore W.S.W., distance 12 miles.
Pilot Kelly boarded at 6 p.m., and worked short tacks all night. At daylight
yesterday beat in to an anchorage off the Heads, and was towed up as stated
above. The barque is the second of the new White Star line that has visited
this port, and in many particulars resembles the Don Guillermo, the pioneer
of the fleet, which left our waters a few days ago for Lyttelton. She is a
bran [sic] new vessel of fine lines, and is classed at Liverpool for 20