The New Zealand Gazette and Wellington Spectator, Wednesday, December 15, 1841
[Editorial Note, The New Gazette and Wellington Spectator, Wednesday, 15 December, 1841]
On Saturday evening, the wind, which had been generally blowing from the north and west during the day, suddenly chopped around to the south-east, and came up a violent gale from that quarter. We regret to state, that much damage is done to the shipping in Cook’s Straits, and a boat with six persons was upset, between Petoni and Somes’ Island, and all on board perished. Particulars of these disasters are given elsewhere, and we would now only call attention to the fact that not one of the vessels anchored in Port Nicholson, was in the slightest degree injured; not one dragged her anchor. They were as safe as in the London docks. The accidents that did occur, were not owing to any defect in the harbour, but to the neglect of the Government. We are without Harbour-master, Pilot, buoys, signal-station, and light-house. This disgraceful state of affairs was the subject of discussion, at a public meeting, held last night. We give the resolutions passed by the meeting, and on Saturday shall recur to the most important of all matters to this settlement.