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Timaru Herald Tuesday 4 July 1899 Port of Timaru
In Harbour
Steamers - Wanaka and Corinna 1279 tons, Rolls, from Dunedin
Ship - Margaret Galbraith
Barque - Allonby

Vessels Homeward Bound
Vessel 					Days Out
Firth of Dornoch 	(Capt. D. Urso) 55
Pehr Ugland 		(Capt. Iverson) 26
John Gambles 		(Capt. Weilke) 	11
Anna Sofia 		(Capt. Nyblam) 	 5

Saturday 8 July 1899 Port of Timaru
Arrived - July 7 Enterprise, brigantine, 84 tons, Supwith, from Dunedin. Strong off-shore winds, hampered by fog. Fills up for Wanganui.

 Monday 10 July 1899
Wellington, July 8
Captain McArthur, late chief officer of the Tarawera, and now master of the Brunner, will have command of the Beautiful Star, which takes up the running between Dunedin, Oamaru and Timaru. She is expected to be ready on Wednesday.

Tuesday 11 July 1899
Mr Allsop, of the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce, forwards us the following return of frozen meat from Timaru for the quarter ending 30th June 1899:
Shipping direct, 112,311 carcases
to Lyttelton for shipment, 45,304 carcases
total 157,615 carcases

Tuesday 11 July 1899
Arrived - July 10 - Pareora, s.s., 650 tons, Black, from the south.

In Harbour
Barque - Allonby
Brigantine - Enterprise

Wednesday 12 July 1899 Port of Timaru
Arrived July 11 - Corinna, s.s., 1279 tons, Brophy, from Westport via way ports. N.M. & A. Co., agents. 100 tons coal, 40 tons merchandise. Consignees - Westport Coal Co., McDonald, N.M. & A. Co., Logan, Lernohan, Morrison, R. Bowie, Burgess, Millar, C.F.C.A., Mowlem.
July 11 - Taupo, s.s., 460 tons, Lobb, from Dunedin. N.M. & A. Co., agents. 13,284ft timber, 100 pdls palings, 220 tons general cargo. Consignees - Jackson, Barker, R. Bowie, Eichbaum, C.F.C.A., Watson, Buxton, Murdoch, Express Co., Turnbull & Co., N.Z.S. Co., Yardley, Logan, Priest & Holdgate, Ferguson, Sherratt, Bowman, Agents, Hole, & Co., Exley, Webster, Simpson, Oddie, Hitchins, Guinness & LeCren, Orr & Co., Reid & Gray, Barrett, W. Bowie, King, Ives, Morrison, Crooks, Bowker, Neil, D. taylor, McDonald, Budd, Anderson, Watt, Bourne, McIntosh, Bates, Burns, Wederall, Wilson, Grant, Reilly, Shearman, Meehan, Littlejohn, R.E. Smith, Stewart, Grandi, Fletcher, Meddins, Siegert, McKenzie, Caldwell, Kernohan & Co., Beri, Dore, Harrison, Shepherd, Craige.

Friday 14 July 1899
The New Zealand Shipping Company has sold the steamers Rimutaka, Tongariro, Kaikoura and Ruapehu.

Thursday 20 July 1899
Arrived July 19 - Glencairn, schooner, 60 tons, Palleson, from Havelock.

Friday 21 July 1899 Arrived July 20 - Beautiful Star, s.s., 128 tons, Blanchard, from Dunedin
July 20 - Bessfield, barque, 1279 tons, Doey, from Wellington. Built at Belfast in 1886 and owned by that city. She lands 1400 casks of cement for the N.M.and A. Co. and fills up here with wheat for London on account of Friedlander Bros. She has 400 sacks on board now, taken in at Dunedin.

Tuesday 25 July 1899
Sailed July 24 - Allonby, barque, Derry, for London.

Thursday 27 July 1899 Sailed
July 25 - Glencairn for Wanganui
July 25 - Ardandearg, s.s., 2089 tons, Kinley, for Lyttelton. She too on board 25,114 sacks wheat for London shipped by Messrs G.G. Stead and Friedlander Bros. She fills up at Lyttelton. Messrs D.C Turnbull and Co., were the local agents.

Friday 28 July 1899
Sailing directions to Timaru. If the weather is clear the high mountain range will be seen behind Timaru, long before the low coast-line has risen. The Mackenzie Pass, a steep butt end of the Dalgety range on the left, and a slope of the Albury range on the right.

Timaru Herald Saturday August 19 1899

Vessels Homeward Bound
Vessel 					Days out
Firth of Dornoch 	Capt. D'Urso 	100
Pehr Ugland 		Capt. Iverson 	 71
John Gambles 		Capt. Weilke
Anna Sofia		Capt Nyblam 	 55
Margaret Galbraith 	Captain Renaut 	 45
Allonby 		Captain Derry 	 26
Bessfield 		Captian Doey 	  8

Timaru Herald Friday 1st September 1899
We are indebted to Mr Collie, of the customs Office, for a comparison between the shipping business of the port for the past month, and for August of last year.
During the month just ended 30 steamers and 3 sailers in the coasting trade and two foreign sailers entered inwards, total 23,272 tons. and 30 steamers and 5 sailers coastwise, and 1 foreign sailer entered outwards, total 24,078 tons. In August last year the numbers and tonnage, both inward and outward respectively, were 20 vessels of 15,785 tons. This month shows an increase of 16 vessels and about 8000 tons.

Tuesday 12 September 1899
Port of Timaru. Arrived Sept. 11 - Hermione, ship, Alsop, from London. The Shaw Savill and Albion Company's ship Hermione left London on June 8th for Timaru direct, with 1600 tons cargo, all for this port. Captain Alsop has frequently visited Timaru, on the last occasion some years ago in command of the Asterion.

Wednesday 13 September 1899
Mr Robert Irving, of Albury, returned to the colony by the Ruahine, which arrived at Wellington on Monday.

Tuesday 10 October 1899
Arrived - Oct. 9 - Taupo, s.s., 460 tons, Lobb, from Westport. Landed 250 tons coal and timber.
Oct. 9 - Tolosa, s.s., 2099 tons, F.D. Seabourne, from Newcastle. The Tolosa is of the usual type of ocean-going cargo carriers, and will take in here as much gain for London as her draught will allow - probably 35,000 sacks on account of Messrs G.G. Stead and Co. of Christchurch. The Tolosa is practically a new boat, having been built in 1896 by Messrs Richardson, Duck and Co., of Stockton, for the new Blue Star Line of steamers (Carlisle and Co.), who control 18 other steamers. She is classed 100 A1 at Lloyd's. She is 330 feet long, 43 feet beam, and has a depth of hold of 18ft 5", her port of registry being London.

Monday 16 October 1899
Sailed - Oct. 14 - Tolosa, s.s., 2099 tons, F.D. Seabourne, for Lyttelton.
Arrived Oct. 14 - Hawea, s.s., 750 tons, Abram, from Dunedin with a quantity of manure and timber from NSW. She went to Lyttelton this evening.
Oct. 14 - Medra, barque, 1000 tons, Anderson from Natal.
The Swedish barque Medra, Captain Anderson, showed up to the south during Friday night and was towed in on Saturday.

Tuesday 17 October 1899
The Tolosa took on 35,090 sacks, loaded in five days four hours.
The wooden barque Dilpussund, Captain Richards, arrived yesterday morning from Newcastle with 950 tons of coal for the Farmers' Association.

Wednesday 18 October 1899
An old identity, the barque Ganymede, 569 tons, from Dunedin, is revisiting Timaru. She arrived in the roadstead on Monday night, and was brought in and berthed at the Moody wharf yesterday morning. She has 4000 sacks of wheat on board, and loads 5000. She is in command of Captian Hilien, formerly of the Enterprise. The harbour looks busy now, with four square-rigged vessels at the wharves.
In Harbour
Ship - Hermione
Barques - Medes, Dispussund and Ganymede.

Friday 20 October 1899
Oct. 19 - Pukaki, s.s, 1444 tons, Lambert, from Auckland, via Oamaru with Auckland sugar and timber to land. She took 400 tons produce for Auckland.
The s.s. Vine Branch, due here tomorrow, is 2777 tons register, is commanded by Captain Ritson, and has a large lascar crew. She is a vessel of a type entirely new to Timaru waters, being described as of the turret type, and having no passenger accomodation for passengers. Can carry 5700 tons of dead weight. When laden she is a good sea boat., her rounded off or whale back sides offering little resistance to the seas.

Monday 23 October 1899
Arrived Oct. 21 - Morayshire, s.s., 8500 tons, Duncan from Port Chalmers. Will take in 20,oo carcasses of frozen mutton, 700 casks tallow and pelts, 1000 bales wool, 200 bales flax, and 5000 sacks of wheat. This is two good days work. She is a handsome new steel steamer and takes the place of the well known steamer of that name, and this is her first visit to this port. A great many people were courteously allowed the free run of her yesterday.

Tuesday 24 October 1899
The barque Ganymede was to have sailed yesterday morning for Capetown, but was delayed by one or two of the hands absenting themselves.

A number of seamen played "Jack Ashore" on Saturday, and seven of them were "run in" during the afternoon and late a night. Some of them were disorderly also, but were not charged with this offence.

Wednesday 25 October 1899
The Vine Branch was berthed yesterday at the main wharf. and Mr Keith, stevedore, soon had men aboard making ready. The steamer attracts much attention by her novel shape. Her broadside instead of rising straight up from the water curves inward, so that what would be the upper part of the ship's side in another vessel is ten or twelve feet from the side at the water line. Small screw-down hatches are placed on the wide step in the side, and these are very handy for lowering sacks into the hold. The 'turret" extends from end to end of the ship, so that the deck is like an ordinary ship but narrower. She is not heavily engined, but makes nine knots. She has no masts, but two derrick towers. She carrier a Lascar crew. Averaging 1250 sacks per hour.

Wednesday 1 November 1899
The tally of shipping entering and leaving the port of Timaru during October shows 25 steam and five sailing vessels inward, total 22,302 tons; and the same steamers and three sailers out. In October last year only 16 vessels of 8067 tons came in, and 18 of 8527 tons went out.

Wednesday 1 November 1899
A sailor from the Hermione was convicted and discharged on condition that he at once joined his ship. He was found helplessly drunk, and locked up again yesterday afternoon.

Wednesday 1 November 1899
Deep-Sea Trawling
The experimental trawling for fish in the shallow waters on the coast to the north of Lyttelton (says the Lyttelton Times) was not satisfactory. The owners of the s.s. John Anderson therefore decided to try the deeper water, south of Port Levy, and their efforts in that locality have been more successful. The John Anderson left Little Akaloa on Saturday afternoon, and cast a trawl in 25 fathoms of water, off Okain's Bay, about six miles from shore. In about half an hour the net was dragged into 90 fathoms. It was then lifted, and was found to contain an immense haul of tarkihi, soles, ling, skate, barracouta, cod, and several varieties of fish which were unknown. She arrived at Lyttelton and over fifty dozen of really good marketable fish, including silvertail and trumpeter, were brought back. The bulk of the fish were secured at a depth of about seventy fathoms.

Friday 3 November 1899 Port of Timaru
Arrived Nov.2 - Kumara, s.s., 3906 tons, Scotland, from Lyttelton.
Nov. 2 - Taieri, s.s., 1658 tons, Shepherd, from Wellington
The Shaw Savill and Albion Company's new steamer Kumara visited Timaru yesterday. She is a splendid specimen of the modern cargo steamer. Her principal dimensions are: - Length over all 438ft, beam (extreme) 54 3in, depth (moulded) 32ft 10 in to upper deck. She has been built to take Lloyd's highest class three-deck rule. She is fitted with triple-expansion, surface-condensing engines, of 3800 horse-power indicated, steam being generated in five single-ended boilers 15ft 6 in in diameter and 10ft 6 in in long, working at a pressure of 180lb per square inch. Her speed is 13 knots. The Kumara is rigged as a three-masted schooner. She has five holds, each provided with steam winches. One hold forward of the machinery space and one aft are insulated for the conveyance of frozen mutton, of which she will carry no fewer than 100,000 carcasses. She takes a large quantity of frozen meat, wool and other cargo here, and working throughout the night was expected to be ready for sea this morning.

Saturday 4 November 1899 Port of Timaru
Arrived Nov. 3 - Mildura, H.M.S., 2575 tons, Leah, from Port Chalmers.
The Australian Auxiliary Squadron third-class cruiser arrived in the roadstead and anchored a moderate distance from the breakwater. There was a nasty sea running, between a swell from the south and a strong breeze. Last night two searchlights were exhibited for some time, and the novel display was witnessed by hundreds of people. The Mildura resumed her cruise along the coast to the north early last night.

Monday 6 November 1899
Wellington, November 5
Arrived - Wakauni, from London via way ports, at 11 a.m. She had an uneventful passage. Her average speed from Plymouth to Wellington was 12 knots an hour.

Wednesday 8 November Port of Timaru
Nov. 7 - Janet Nicoll, s.s., 499 tons, Watson, for the north. Called yesterday to land some firebricks from Greymouth.
Nov. 7 - Hermione, ship, Alsop, for London.

The barque John Gambles arrived at London from Timaru on October 31st.

Vessels Homeward Bound
Vessel 						Days Out
Anna Sofia 		(Captain Nyblam) 	135
Margaret Galbraith 	(Captain Renaut) 		124
Allonby 		(Captain Herry) 	105
Bessfield 		(Captain Doey) 		 87
Hermione 		(Captain Alsop) 	  1 

Thursday 9 November 1899
Vessels entered and cleared NZ for the quarter ended Sept. 30th.
From 1st July to Sept. 30th. 189953 steamers and 85 sailing vessels arrived.
representing 183,197 tons against 65 steamers and 89 vessels representing 190,891 tons in the same period last year. 55 steamers and 82 sailing vessels from colonial ports representing 178,789 tons, sailed from colonial ports during the quarter just ended. against 57 steamers and 87 sailing vessels representing 173,059 tons during the same period last year.

Auckland- 	89,747 tons
Wellington 	41,552 tons
Lyttelton 	 7,833 tons
Dunedin 	11,083 tons
Bluff 		22,520 tons
Timaru 		 5,507 tons

Saturday 17 November 1899 Port of Timaru
Arrived - Nov. 17 - Wakanui, s.s., 5706 tons, Jaggard, from Lyttelton. The NZSC fine steamer Wakanui arrived to load 12,000 to 13,000 carcasses, 200 casks and 450 bales wool and 100 of flax. She was worked through the night and will get away for Bluff this evening. This is the first visit to this port. She was to have come on her last (and first ) trip to the colony, but had to stop in Lyttelton. Captain Jaggard: His officers are: Chief, Mr White; fourth, Mr Perkins; fifth, Mr Heale; chief engineer, Mr Waring (late of the Rimutaka); chief refrigerating engineer, Mr Crawford; Surgeon, Dr Pryce; chief steward, Mr Adcock.

Wednesday 22 November 1899
Medea (Captain Anderson) Howemard bound 2 days.

November 24 1899
Of the United States steamer Michigan, on Lake Erie, which is the oldest iron steamship in the world, her commander, Lieutenant C.P. Perkins in Cassier's Magazine for September. -The vessel was constructed at Pittsburg, Pa., in 1841-43; the parts were transferred to Erie, put together and launched on December 5th 1843. The original machinery with the exception of the boilers, is still in her and in good condition. The vessel is an iron paddle wheel steamer of 685 tons displacement; length of keel 156ft 4 in; length of perpendiculars 162ft 6 in. the breadth of beam 27ft, depth of hold 12ft 5 in.....Her armament at the present time consists of six 6-ponders, two 10 pounder rapid fire guns, and two machine guns. Of late years her principal occupation has been in the instruction of the United States naval militia at the different lake ports, and surveying....

Saturday 25 November 1899 Port of Timaru
Nov. 24 - Zealandia, ship, 1169 tons, Bates, from the Bluff. In ballast. Captain Bates and his ship are old friends here, having visited Timaru about four years ago. She is a fine looking ship, built in 1869 by Connell and Co., Glasgow, and last surveyed in 1897 was found to be in excellent order. Her length is 215.6, beam 35.1, and depth of hold 20.3 After discharging ballast the Zealandia will load wheat and wool on account of the Shaw, Savill and Albion Company, being their first wool sailer.
Nov. 24 - Zior, schooner, Bailey, from Hokitika. She has 40,000 feet timber to discharge for Mr John Jackson.

Expected Arrivals
The barque Kylemore has the steadier of 400 tons of coal on board for her run across from Sydney side to Timaru. The coal is for Mr John Mee, and the ship loads for Home. The Kylemore is one of the New Zealand Company's fleet of sailers, is 1198 tons register, and classed 100A1 at Lloyd's.

Tuesday November 1899
Nautical Enquiry, Wellington, November 27
The inquiry into the collision between the Diagadee and Kennedy is going on. Mr Carl August, second mate of the Kennedy, had held that position no less than 25 years, but had no certificate and had never passed any examination.

Tuesday November 1899 Port of Timaru
Arrived - November 27 - Corinna, s.s., 1297 tons, Rolls, from Dunedin, for the north.

The new steamer Spithead, a cargo boat carrying 7000 tons. She left Nagasaki, water ballast, tanks full, holds empty, on November 1st, after delivering Welsh coal. She average 10 knots per hour. She came in very light drawing 15ft, and towering up high above the wharf at high tide. She has a Lascar crew. Messrs D. C. Turnbull and Co., will put 22,000 sks of oats into here, finishing about Wednesday night and the steamer then goes to Lyttelton to fill up with oats and compressed fodder, all for the Imperial forces in South Africa.

Tuesday 28 November 1899 pg3
Mr Percy Malthus, of Timaru, a member of the S.C.A.A.C. and the only amateur to represent the South island at the International championship Meeting at Brisbane on the Prince of Wales week, returned home on Saturday. Had the proud distinction of ably supporting the colony in their "fight for the standard." Mr Maltus left Auckland on the 28th October in the Zealandia, in company with Mr McBeth (manager of the team, from Christchurch), and Messrs George Smith, Masill, Te Paa, and McAffer, all of Auckland. The trip across was a trying one, the first two days being very rough, and all were sea-sick except Messrs Madill and Malthus. They arrived at Sydney on the 1st November. McAffer easily annexed the mile walk, and Madill the Hammer throwing. In the 120 Hurdles Smith won his heat in 16sec, equal to the Australian record, but struck the second hurdle and fell while leading in the final heat. It was found out directly afterwards that this hurdle was 18 inches short of the correct distance interval. Malthus -in the three mile run, and won easily. In the 440 hurdles Smith easily won. Te Paa easily won the pole vault. (10ft 11"). They left Brisbane on the 13th, by return rail to Sydney, and left there in the Mararoa for Auckland, reaching the latter port on the 19th. Messrs McBeth and Malthus returned to the south by the mail boat and reached Lyttelton on Thursday.

Wednesday 29 November 1899
The schooner Toroa has an oil-engine of 50 h.p. and 4ft propeller, but owing to the recent enactments and regulations the machinery has been unused for the last four months. An Act was passed last session, and Regulations had been previously made requiring a vessel fitted with an oil engine to carry a certificated steamship engineer. The Act alters this and says the steamship engineer will not be insisted on, but a certificated oil-engineer expert must be employed. The steamship engineer knows nothing about an oil0engine, and oil-engine men are very scare. Te new Act provides for the issue of "certificates of competency" (the sort of certificate Duco Jones wanted), but there are only a few men who can obtain these, as the service must have been put in before the Act came into force. There are also to be certificates of competency to be granted on examinations, but the syllabus of subjects for examination had not yet been issued. There will be an opening for Von Schoen at Auckland, where a good many of these oil-engines are in use. He should have a good sized model to teach from, and he could soon turn out enough experts to form a union.

Monday 4 December 1899
The Zior was ready for sea on Saturday morning, with 108 tons of produce from the three mills for Greymouth. She got away yesterday.

Wednesday 6 December 1899
Messrs D.C. Turnbull and CO. advise us that the s.s. Lincolnshire is due to load oats for the Cape about 10th January, 1900. She takes about 15,000 sacks from Timaru and completes her loading at Lyttelton.

Wednesday 6 December 1899
There has been a scarcity of seamen at Sydney, and the ships have had to pay increased wages to secure crews.

Monday 11 December 1899 Port of Timaru
Arrived Dec 10 - Invercargill, s.s., 175 tons, Marks from Stewart Island. She has a load of timber, a quantity of which is on deck. She left her name port on the 8th, took in timber at Stewart Island.

The well-known trader, the ship Invercargill, Captain Tom Bowling, arrived at Port Chalmers from Liverpool on Friday, after a good run of 89 days. She left Liverpool on September 9th. She has part cargo for Wellington.

Tuesday 12 December 1899
The barque Kylemore has discharged her inward cargo of superphosphates, and is now cleaning up and ventilating to get rid of the smell.

Monday 18 December 1899 Port of Timaru
Arrived - Dec. 16 - Sheila, ship, 1156 tons, Cowlishaw, from Calcutta. NZSC chartered ship. 51 days from wharf to bouy. Comes into port in capital trim, and has a full cargo of cornsacks and oil, etc. Mr Stewart, chief officer, Mr Patterson second officer. Came to anchor in the outer roads in 10 fathoms.
Dec. 16 - Upola, s.s., 700 tons, McDonald, from Dunedin. Has Newcastle coal and timber to land here.
Dec. 16 - Hawea, s.s., 1114 tons, Abram, from Newcastle via way ports. Union Co.
Dec. 17 - Rakaia, s.s., 5628 tons, Clifford, from Lyttelton. NZSC. She takes in here about 4800 to 5000 bales of wool, 5000 carcasses mutton and sundries.
A large number of people visited the wharf yesterday to have a look over the Rakaia and the Hawea. it is not often that two steamers of such class are in here on a Sunday.

Thursday 28 December 1899
Mr Thomas Howley, clerk of the court at Timaru, who has been holiday-making in the Old Country for the past six months, left London yesterday for Paris and Marselilles, and at the latter place will join the Orient liner Cuzo on November 17.

Grey River Argus, 4 October 1906, Page 2
The barque Lutterworth, which was dismasted in Cooks Strait and was towed into Wellington, is of 687 tons, commanded by Captain Hicks, and owned by Messrs. A. H. Turnbull and Co., of Christchurch. She arrived, recently at Lyttleton from Maiden Island with a cargo of guano, and left again on September 10 for Timaru, where she arrived on September 13, sailing from there for Kaipara to load timber for Australia. She was built in 1868 by Denton, Gray and Co., Hartlepool.

 Timaru Herald, 16 November 1883, Page 2
A Pun. While awaiting the return of the Titan from her excursion yesterday afternoon a party on the Breakwater volunteered the statement that she must be trawling on the banks. The smart rejoinder quickly followed that " Not a few people were fishing on the Banks just now, and with very indifferent success."
     Trawling Experiments. Yesterday the Timaru Fishing Company (Limited) had an opportunity of testing their trawl net, recently purchased. The tug Titan being disengaged, and the weather being fine, she started from her anchorage a little after two o'clock m the afternoon. Captain Cain (the Chairman of the Company), Mr Goodall (Engineer), Dr Macintyre, Mr Hamersley, and a representative of the Herald went with her. Captain Webster, the Harbor Master, was m command. She steamed out about four miles m a N. by E. direction, and the trawl was lowered. But after some little difficulty m getting it aboard, owing to having no mast or spar wherefrom to get a purchase, it was landed on the deck, and it was soon seen that the haul was not a success, there being no marketable fish caught. There were two good-sized skate, a dogfish, about a dozen large elephant fish, six small cod and about a dozen baby soles and about 5 cwt or more of jollyfish. Several of the elephant fish were- opened, and eggs m all stages of development extracted. The Doctor collected some interesting reminiscences of his voyage. The  steamer returned to her anchorage by six o'clock. The weather was splendid and Tory enjoyable. There were m her Ned Newton, George Sunnaway and another seaman, men who have had experience m trawling on the English coasts. They did not consider the experiment a complete one, as they thought the results would have been different if they had gone into deeper water. The trawl worked first-class, and is a very strong piece of netting, and all the appointments are in good order. If the fishing-bank or habitat of the marketable fish could be found, no doubt a good thing might yet be made out of it.

Timaru Herald, 24 November 1884, Page 2
Port of Timaru
Nov. 23 Astorion, barque, 509 tons, from London.
The barque Asterion arrived from London yesterday afternoon after a rather protracted passage of 124 days, due to head winds and calms. The Titan, which went out to her early in the day, left her at the outer roads. She will be berthed inside the Breakwater shortly. We will publish an account of the voyage out to-morrow

Timaru Herald, 25 November 1884, Page 2
This barque, whose arrival was reported m last issue, was brought inside the harbor by the p. 8. Titan yesterday morning and moored to seaward of the Ganymede. Captain Collingwood has kindly furnished ns with the following report of the trip out, for which we have to thank him: Left the West India docks at 10 a.m. on July 21st and proceeded down the river. Cast off the tug and proceeded down Channel with the wind veer in from W.N.W. to W.S.W., light and variable. A dead beat to windward was the consequence, delaying the vessel for fully ten days. The final departure was taken on the 31st from Land's End. ... '

On the passage the ship Stratton Andley, from Cardiff to Calcntta, was spoken. The two vessels were in company for about 18 days. A flare-up light at eight bells p.m. became the fashion of the evening by way of saying good night. One fine day the master of the ship lowered his boat and came on board the barque with a rueful countenance, asking whether we had any corn to spare, he having a lot of prize poultry on board and nothing to feed them on. Not being able to help him, the jolly old skipper (having partaken of the hospitality of the vessel) took his departure, saying we must be a smart vessel when we could keep company with his. ...

The Asterion is a fine looking iron barque of 509 tons register, and comes into port in first class order on deck and aloft. She was built in Sunderland in 1869. In March, 187p, she was overhauled and classed AA1 at Lloyd's which shows that she is classed among the best seagoing ships. Her dimensions are 163ft long, 28ft beam and 17ft 4 in depth of hold. She has only one deck, two tiers of beams, and is fitted with a watertight bulk merchandise and she will break bulk immediately. The usual notice to consignees appears in our advertising columns.
IMPORTS. In the Astorion, N.Z.S. Company, agents : 8242 casks (557 tons) cement, 120 tons general merchandise. Consignees Miles, Archor and Co. ; Dunedin Iron and Woodware Company ; Priest and Holdgate ; Hutton and Co. ; N.Z.L. and M.A. Company ; J. E. Beckingham ; Whittaker ; Timaru Harbor Board.

Timaru Herald, 22 July 1886, Page 2
A large vessel, iron barque of 699 tons, was observed making for the port yesterday morning, and on her coming close m she was discovered to be the barque Dragon, from London. Her arrival was somewhat unexpected, as she had been given another ten days or a fortnight. As soon as she came sufficiently close m, the harbourmaster, Captain Webster, proceeded on to her in the tug Titan, and it being dead low tide at the time, she dropped anchor about a mile and a half to the eastward of the breakwater. Early m the afternoon the tug wont out again to her, and having made fast a tow line, towed her inside the breakwater, when she was then moored at the outer wharf. Captain Bartlett reports leaving the West India docks on Saturday, the 3rd of April, in tow of the steam tug Canada ; proceeded down the river that afternoon, and anchored at Gravesend ; anchored at the Nora the next afternoon, and on the Monday afternoon anchored m the Downs. Sailed from the Downs on the 6th, in tow of a tug, which was cast off early the next morning.... ...Her excellent run of 109 days from port to port, or 106 days from the Downs to port reflects great credit on her genial master, Captain Bartlett. This is the captain's first voyage in the Dragon, and it is the first time he has been out to these colonies. He was previously master of the ship Ringdove, an Indian trader, and the chief officer of the Dragon, Mr C. Hennington, was also chief officer of the same vessel. The second officer is Mr J. Rafferty. The Dragon brings a, full cargo of cement and general merchandise, two-thirds of which is consigned to this port and the balance for Lyttelton, for which port she is expected to sail when her Timaru cargo is discharged.