Cutty Sark back in Britain

The road at Outram submerged by floodwaters. - Otago Witness, 29.8.1919.
The road at Outram submerged by floodwaters. - Otago Witness, 29.8.1919.
Additional interest is lent (says a recent issue of Lloyds) to the arrival in the Thames from the West Coast of Africa of the famous old Clyde-built clipper the Ferreira - formerly the Cutty Sark - by the fact that half a century has elapsed since she was launched from the Dumbarton yard of Messrs Scott and Linton.

Now in the hands of Portuguese owners, the Ferreira in her early days was one, if not the best-known, of the ''fliers'' in the mercantile marine. Originally intended for the China sea trade, she accomplished some remarkable runs on long voyages, and even so recently as 1892 covered 353 nautical miles in 24 hours.

Indeed, at one time she had very substantial grounds for her claim to be the fastest sailing ship in the world. Her first voyage was from London to Shanghai. She reached the equator in 17 days, and Shanghai in 97 and a quarter days. The return trip was also accomplished in splendid time.

Less than two years ago, in recalling that particular run, her old master referred gleefully to the way in which the Cutty Sark made her 15 knots, passing steamers hand over hand.

Gladbrook homestead sold

The well-known and beautifully situated Gladbrook homestead, which for many years has been the country residence of Mr John Roberts, was sold by public auction for 8000 at the local office of the Lands Department yesterday morning.

The homestead of the Gladbrook Estate comprises an area of 137 acres 1 rood 18 poles. It is on the Strath-Taieri Plain, and is about two miles and a-quarter from Middlemarch, and a little over 50 miles from Dunedin.

The section is well watered, and consists of level land of very fine quality, the soil being a rich black loam on a clay formation. The section, which is securely fenced, is subdivided into four paddocks, and is bounded on two sides by plantations. The plantations are very valuable, and very largely comprise English deciduous trees about 40 years old.

About three acres and a-half is taken up with orchard, garden, and shrubberies. The dwelling-house is a commodious, substantially-built residence of 10 rooms, and is of mica schist blocks faced with Oamaru stone. In short, it is a most up-to-date country residence.

The other buildings consist of lodge house of three rooms, stable, loose-box, harness room, groom's room, coachhouse, and garage. All the buildings are substantial stone structures in first-class order. The property was purchased by Mr William Ward for the sum of 8000.

It is understood that Mr Ward, who is a very well-known property-owner in Southland, and who has resided at St. Clair for some time, intends to use the Gladbrook homestead as a residential property.

Girls' new reformatory proposed

It was proposed that the Addington Women's Prison should be converted into a reformatory for young girls, but, after inspecting the prison, the Hon. T. M. Wilford is averse to the proposal.

''I am satisfied,'' he told a reporter on Saturday, ''that the Addington Reformatory is not a suitable place for the purpose. It savours too much of the ordinary gaol. I should like to say to my successor in office, that I hope that in establishing a reformatory for young girls he will make it a real reformatory by providing a suitable place, more like a home than a gaol, with an environment which suggests home life, and not the ordinary penitentiary.''

- ODT, 28.8.1919.


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