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Saturday 1 January 1887
Port of Timaru
Dec. 31 - The Union Company's Mahinapua, s.s., 205 tons, Holmes, from Dunedin. 46 tons general cargo.
Fodor Miss Lewis Mrs Livingston Miss McLaren Miss (2) Morris Mr O'Connor Miss (2) Plante Masters (4) Robertson Mrs Robertson Mr
Dec. 31 - Koranui, s.s., 301 tons, Olliver, from the South. The Union Company's Koranui brought 35 tons of general cargo from the south yesterday morning and will sail for Northern and West Coast ports with produce and wool.
Monday 3rd January 1887
Jan. 1 - Norman McLeod, barque, 834 tons, Lovett, from London.
A big vessel appeared in sight of port on Saturday afternoon and the p.s. Titan going out to her she was found to be Mr C.W. Turner's clipper barque Norman McLeod, 111 days out from London. The tug immediately made fast to her, and towed her inside the breakwater where she was moored to one of the outer buoys. Captain Lovett reports leaving London on September 10th, and Gravesend the following day. Had strong S.E. winds for the first 14 days, and crossed the line on the fortieth day out. Spoke on the 28th. in lat. 26 N., long. 23 W., the four-masted ship Kate Thomas, from Liverpool to Nicapotam, 13 days out; on October 9th, in lat. 6 W., long. 25 W., the barque Railto from Calcutta to London, 87 days out; on Dec. 30th, off Port Chalmers, barque Mataura, from London to Lyttelton, 98 days out, and on the following day, off Oamaru, the barque Alcestis from London to Napier. The Norman McLeod brings 4900 casks of cement for the Harbour Board, about 4000 bags of salt, a quantity of threshing and harvesting machinery for Moody and Ziesler, and other goods, and comes into port in splendid trim aloft and on deck, which speaks well for her officers, who are Captain Lovett; Henry Holdworth, first officer; and Oscar Manning, second officer.
Tuesday 4 January 1887
Arrived. Jan 3. The Union Company's Omapere, s.s., 410 tons, Smith, from the North.
Among the passengers by the s.s. Omapere, which left Timaru yesterday evening bound for Dunedin, was Captain Turnbull, the harbourmaster of Greymouth and formerly harbourmaster of Hokitika. Twenty years ago and more Captain Turnbull, then in command of the steamship Geelong used to trade regularly to Timaru. He had never visited the port during the long interval, and was naturally much struck with the enormous progress which has been made.
The May Queen was discharging her Home Cargo at the wharf yesterday.
Auckland, Jan. 3
Arrived - Rimutaka, s.s., from Wellington;
Mariposa s.s., Captain Hayward, from Sydney. The Mariposa left Sydney at 5 p.m. on Dec. 29th; arrived Jan. 2nd at 6.10 p.m.
Passengers, for Auckland -
Churnside Mr Donovan Dr J Goold Mr D Wishborne Mr F.C.; and 15 in the saloon and 28 in the steerage in transit for San Francisco.
Wellington, Jan. 3
Sailed - Waihora, s.s., from Melbourne, via the South.
Alder Mr Archibald Miss Archibald Mrs Bean Mr Bookham Mr Bowman Mr Branch Mr (2) Briggs Mr Crawford Mr Davis Mrs De Castro Mr Dryden Mr Drummond Miss Dunn Mr Edwards Mr Elder Mrs Free Mr Gooder Mrs Gossett Mrs Hosburg Mrs Houston Mr King Mr Kirk Miss Knox Mrs Levin Mr and Mrs Mallard Mr Mashers Mr Maxwell Mr and Mrs Morrison Miss McGlashan Miss McLaren Mrs McLaren Miss Penny Miss Petherick Miss Pirie Mr Ponsonby Captain Ponsonby Mrs Reece Mr Redbain Miss Scott Mr Seed Mr Sloan Mrs and 2 children Somerville Miss Starhup Mr Swain Mr Teece Mr and Mrs Thornton Mr Wainwright Mr Ward Mrs Waters Mr Whitare Mr Young Mr
Wednesday 5 January 1887
Port of Lyttelton
Sailed - Jan. 4 - Waihora, s.s., for the South. Passengers:
For Melbourne - Mr and Mrs Bennett, Captain and Mrs Muir;
For the Bluff - Mr Glover
For Port Chalmers - Messrs Foster, Robson, Weigall, Ricketts, Seville and Bultean.
Thursday 6 January 1887
Sailed Jan. 5 - Wairapara s.s., for Sydney via the North.
Passengers for Lyttelton
Blackie Mr Calvert Mrs Helyer Miss Tropp Mr For Wellington Allman Mrs and child Blackadder Mr and Mrs Fitchett Miss Forsyth Mr Martin Mr For Napier - Ashenden Mr and Mrs and two children Daltern Miss For Gisbourne Blackadder Misses (2) For Auckland Ballantine Misses (2) Bennett Miss Clark Mrs Court Mrs (2) MacFarlane Mrs Neill Mrs Smith Mrs For Sydney Cameron Mr and Mrs and 23 in steerage
Auckland, Jan. 5
Sailed - Penguin, s.s., for the South.
Coleman Mr Dannaher Mr (2) Edgeunb Mrs Faulder Mr Faulder Mrs Firth Mrs Gibb Mrs Groves Mr Hanby Miss Heaply Mr Henderson Mrs Holmes Mr Horsford Mrs Mountfort Mr Rowland Miss Scuners Mr Smith Miss Taunt Mr J.C. Thomson Mrs Victerman Mrs and infant Williams Mr Williamson Mr Young Mr and seven in steerage
Saturday 8 January 1887
Port Chalmers Arrived
Jan. 7 - Waimate, ship, Captain Canese, after a splendid passage of 78 days from London, and 74 days from land to land. She brings 2000 tons of cargo and four saloon passengers. The passage has been an uneventful one, marked by fair weather.
Auckland, Jan. 7. Sailed Rimutaka, s.s., for Wellington en route for London. The Rimutaka took a small quantity of cargo for London.
Anderson Mr Cave Mr Colbeck Mr and Mrs and infant Hill Mr Thomas Keefe Mr and Mrs Norris Mr and Mrs A.B. Richardon Miss Robinson Mr and Mrs and servant Tole Hon. Mr and family (2) Trotter Mr and Mrs
Hauroto, s.s., for the South. Passengers listed
Wednesday 12 January 1887
Wellington, Jan. 10
Arrived - Wakatipu, s.s., at 11 a.m. from Sydney. Passengers for Lyttelton
Brown Professor and Mrs Eyre Mr Fletcher Mr Henchliffe Mr and Mrs Hopkins Mr and Mrs Severn Miss Wharton Mr and Mrs For Dunedin Brereton Miss Dudley Rev. Mr Finlayson Mr Kerr Mr LeGay Miss Maggie Mr Truman Miss
Saturday 15 January 1887
Sailed. Jan. 14 - May Queen, barque, 733 tons, Colville, for Oamaru. N.M. and A. Co., agents. Exports. 517 bales wool and 11 bales skins. She was towed to sea yesterday morning by the tug Titan. The barque will complete her loading in Oamaru and sail for London direct.
The new steamers - the Ocean Greyhounds.
Monday 31st January 1887
Sailed. Jan. 30 - Opawa, ship, 1135 tons, Hamon, for London. The steam collier Timaru arrived from Westport early on Saturday morning, with 400 tons of coal, 350 of which were for the ship Opawa, and the balance (50 tons), for her agent. The Opawa was towed to sea yesterday morning by the tug Titan.
Port Chalmers, Jan. 29.
The Ruapehu, Captain Greenstreet, from Plymouth via Capetown was off the Heads. One death occurred during the voyage and two cases of scarlatina. Ship quarantined. The Ruapehu brings a cargo of 365 bags mails, 36 saloon, 44 second cabin, 43 steerage and 261 immigrants. She left Plymouth on Dec. 18th. The voyage occupied 40 days, 15 hours, 20 minutes.
Tuesday February 1st 1887 Port Chalmers
Sailed. Jan 31 - Nelson, ship, Captain Bannatyne, for London. Passengers - Rev. J. Primrose, Messrs Smith and Mitchell. Her cargo consists of 6252 bales wool, 28 bales sheepskins, 30 bales rabbit skins, 184 cases preserved milk, 20,000 horns, and three planks totara.
Tuesday February 1st 1887
Auckland, Jan. 31. Arrived
Arrived - Zealandia, s.s. on Sunday evening from Sydney. Passenger list.
The Zealandia had a fine passage. She grounded in Sydney harbour while under charge of the pilot, but floated off in two hours uninjured.
Passengers, cabin - Becker Mr J.L. Bowers Mrs Donald Mr A.B. Kirkham Mrs Quinn Mrs Wyndham Mrs Steerage - Hough Mr J.F. Valentine Mrs
For San Francisco, Messrs L. Ziegle, Edwards, Marsden, Halsworth, E. Breden, Mr and Mrs Woage, Messrs M.A.M. Gordon, Dreessies, D.J. Bartlett, J.N.S. Williams, Aspinall, G. Brown, Wyndham, Bower, Mr and Mrs Woodrough, Mr and Mrs Ashmore and child, Mr and Mrs Gordon, Mrs Brownlex, Mrs Gray, Misses Marks (2). The Zealandia leaves for San Francisco at 6 p.m.
Monday 7 February 1887
The shipping return for this port for last month, is as follows
Inwards. Steamers, 19; Sailing vessels 7; total 26. of a gross tonnage of 10,605
Outwards. Steamers 19; Sailing vessels 11; Total 30; of a gross tonnage 11,368
For the same month at Oamaru, 29 vessels (12,907 tons) arrived, and 29 (9776 tons) sailed.
Friday 11 February 1887
Wellington, Feb. 10
The Rimutaka sailed for London at 4.50 p.m. this afternoon with 36 saloon, 17 second and 40 steerage passengers. She has a full cargo of wool, tallow and preserved meats, 17,151 carcasses mutton, 108 quarters beef, 2751 legs mutton, 371 pieces beef and 41 boxes kidneys.
Friday 18 February 1887
Oamaru, Feb. 17. The barque Elizabeth Graham will sail tomorrow for London with a cargo of oats.
Friday 11 March 1887
Sailed March 9 - Gerda, s.s., 340 tons, Erison, for Greymouth.
Timaru Herald Thursday March 17 1887
Wellington March 16
The s.s. Doric left Plymouth on January 30th and arrived at Teneriffe on Friday 4th, Cape on Feb. 11th, Hobart March, and Wellington Heads last night. The passage occupied 44 days 9 hours. The officers are the same as last trip, with the exception of the purser, Mr Walters, Surgeon Fall and Chief Steward Jones. The greater portion of the passengers were for Australia and were landed at Hobart.
The Doric's passengers for Timaru are:- First saloon - Mr and Mrs Raine.
Wednesday March 23 1887
Arrived March 22- Loch Fergus, barque, 846 tons, Captain R. Clachrie, from Nelson. Mills, Archer and Co. agents. The barque Loch Fergus, from London, via Nelson, arrived early yesterday morning after a passage (including her stay at Nelson), of 120 days. She left London on November 21st and Nelson on March 16th. The Loch Fergus has 2150 casks cement for this port, and some merchandise. She was brought to the main wharf by Captain Clarkson, and is expected to break bulk some time to-day.
Wednesday April 1887
Auckland, April 5
Arrived - Waihora, s.s., from Sydney. Passengers,
For Lyttelton - Mrs Gallam and one steerage.
For Dunedin - Mr and Mrs Walker, and two steerage, also 34 Chinaman for Wellington and one for Dunedin.
Monday 11 April 1887
Port Chalmers Arrived
April 10 - The ship Benclough, Captain Cromarty, from London, arrived on Saturday afternoon. She brings 1400 tons cargo. In latitude 47.47 South and 106.30 East, she met two large and five small icebergs which were level with the water and extending some 12 miles in a radius from North to South.
Sailed. April 10 - At 7 p.m., on Saturday, barque Scottish Brad, for Wellington, with her original cargo from Glasgow.
Tuesday 12 April 1887
Wellington, April 11. Arrived - Arawa, s.s., from Hobart.
Tuesday 12 April 1887 page 3
A Forty Knot Ship
"It may be considered as not all improbable that those of us who live to the next century may see the Atlantic crossed in less than four days." Professor R.H. Thurston.
Thursday 14 April 1887
By the north express yesterday Mr and Mrs Hamersley left Timaru on their way to England. On the train leaving Timaru Railway station hearty cheers were given for Mr and Mrs Hamersley by the many friends who had assembled to bid them farewell. Mr Hamersley will be missed greatly in this district. He has always taken a keen interest in all manly sports. The annual meet of the South Canterbury Harriers at his house has always been one of the most pleasant meets of the year. We wish him a prosperous voyage, and hope before long to see him back in South Canterbury again.
Tuesday 26 April 1887
Wellington, April 25
The R.M.S. Aorangi arrived at 11.15 last night. She left London on March 10th. On March 28th, strong S.E. winds and heavy sea set in, spoilling the rapid passage to the Cape, which she reached on April 1st. She made Hobart in 39 days and 7 hours. She brings 91 passengers for New Zealand, 2,500 tons cargo, and 292 bags mail. Her time for the whole voyage is 42 days 20 hours 35 minutes.
Shipping. London April 23.
December 30. The Opawa arrived from Timaru.
Timaru Herald Wednesday 4 May 1887
Auckland, May 3
Arrived - Wairarapa, s.s., from Sydney (29th April). She experienced light westerly winds with fine weather throughout. Passengers
The Earl and Countess of Aberdeen Aitken Mr Baron Mr and Mrs Bundy Mr Franks Mr Grinsdale Mr Humphries Mr Hunt Mr Lynch Family of Bellringers Sinclair Captain Steadman Mr Tobias Mr and Mrs Turner Mr Vivian Mr For Wellington: Broadley Mr C Connelly Mr J Florence Mrs and family (3) Griffen Mr P Hall Mr H Potts Mr Scott Mr J For Lyttelton: Gardner Misses C and S Waddell Mrs J
Monday 9 May 1887
Port Chalmers - Sailed
May 7 - Waimea, barque, Captain Sinclair, for London, with 2177 bales wool and skins, 15 do leather, 172 casks tallow, 5025 sacks oats, 1 case sundaries.
Wednesday 18 May 1887
The Conference is an iron barque owned by Mr Peacock - sustained damage while at the Gladstone Pier, Lyttelton.
Thursday 19 May 1887
Port of Timaru. Arrived.
May 17 - Mennock, barque, 787 tons, John S. Chambers, 107 days from London. Towed inside the breakwater yesterday. Her cargo consists principally of cement, merchandise, and also the new dredger for the Timaru Harbor Board.
May 18 - Lady Mabel, brigantine, 215 tons, Wright, from Newcastle.
Tuesday 24 May 1887
Auckland, May 23
Arrived, last night - Alameda, s.s., from Sydney, left May 18th. She encountered a fresh gale for 48 hours, with rain squalls, hail and lightning. Passengers for New Zealand:
Brown Mr John Clark Mr H.H.G. Fitzgerald Inspector Heydon Mr McMillian Mr C.E. Mils Mr James Polland Mr Robinson Mr A.G. Saville Mr C.H. Soubers Mr William Thurlow Mr and 100 in transit for San Francisco.
Monday 30 May 1887
Messrs Tyser and Co. announce that the magnificent steamship Balmoral Castle, 100 A!, 2948 tons, is now on the berth in London and will leave for Lyttelton early in July. The freight department at Home is under the management of Mr Joseph Linley, for fourteen years in charge of that department in the NZSCo., line. The Balmoral Castle is expected to leave this colony for London in September next, and intending shippers would do well to communicate with Mr C.W. Turner, agent at Timaru, whose line manager her (Mr C.W. Mullins) will be pleased to supply all particulars as to freight, passenger accomodation etc.
Tuesday 31 May 1887
The barque Bebington, which has made two or three voyages to Port Chalmers from London, was 254 days on her last passage from Astoria (Oregon, U.S.A.) to Liverpool. She had been given up by the underwriters, but turned up in an out-of-the-way port and reported herself, and then resumed her voyage to the Old Country, where she arrived on April 4.
Friday 3 June 1887
The Candidate, ship, which arrived in Sydney recently from Liverpool, ran for no less than 36 days on the same tack, covering during that period a distance of 6538 miles.
Monday 6 June 1887 pg3
Are Ocean Passenger Steamers to be Larger
According to a Scotch ship-builder ocean steamers 800 feet in length, and having a speed of from twenty-five to thirty knots an hour may be expected in the near future. Rivalry will of course lead to some fractional difference as to both size and speed. Time, to be sure, is an object with most travellers....
Tuesday 7 June 1887 pg3 [sic[
Letter to the Editor of the Timaru Herald
Sir, A wooden leg don't keep a man from thinking, does it? Well, no more does it keep me from seeing the mess our craft has got into on the Tarry reef, and she had no business their either, cos, last voyage she nearly got on it then, and it ought to ha' been warnin enough. To my mind it ain't the fault of the crew either, but them officers with their sertificates and titles- like the lace on their caps and coats it looks better, but they don't seem to know the ship's position or how to sail her any better for them all. Aye, it minds me o' the guernseys the big companies serve out to their hands - who have to pay for them, however- ne'er a bit better can they splice, reef, or steer, because they are branded N.Z.S.C. Howsomever I was going to say that since our craft's ashore, and the ship is in no immediate danger - whether from land sharks or wreckers - we had as well pay the whole crew off. It ain't to my mind no use trying the port watch, for altho' they are not just so much to blame, being below when she took the beach, they's be as anxious as the others to get her afloat again, and will be playin' Old Harry with the cargo, which when the cost of salvage comes to be reckoned up, will be found not worth the salt.
I say hand her over to an entirely fresh crew, and first of all let's have a skipper who can take his course from the admirable (admiralty) charts and them other true worlds of sun, moon, and stars above us - none of them sort that build houses in the sand and make ropes out of it too. We want one who can tell us where we are and safely guide us on the voyage.
And we don't want any of them sort aboard who "ship" only to do a bit o' business on their own hook." I've been shipmates with them sort afore now, and hang me if they didn't do better nor the ship herself. So I says when she is refitted and gets a fresh start we hopes for a better voyage this time.
Mr Editor, if you don't mind, I can give you now and again a leaf from my log, but if it ain't in your way or to your idea I ax pardon and hopes there's no harm done by an
Thursday 9 June 1887
Arrival of the Coptic
Wellington, June 8
Arrived - At 3.14 am RMS Coptic from London. She left there on the 21st of April and Teneriffe on the 28th. Capetown on the 14 May and Hobart on June 3rd. She had fine weather throughout the passage. The officers are the same as on the last rip, with the exception of the surgeon, that position being now filled by Dr Palmer, Dr Humphreys, the former surgeon, having entered the P. and O. service. Amongst the passengers are Mr Arthur Clayden and Mrs Clayden.
Wednesday 15 June 1887
Auckland, June 14
Arrived - Rotmahama, from Sydney (June 9th) Passengers :
For Napier - Mrs Kemp
For Nelson - Mr J. Glew
For Dunedin - Mrs Fogo and child
Friday 17 June 1887 Death
We regret to hear the death, at Newcastle, of Captain Hopkins, of the Auckland barque Rebecca. Captain Hopkins was for sometime master of the steamers Star of the South and Kawatiri. His death took place on May 13th, and was caused by heart disease.
Monday 20 June 1887
Wellington, June 19
Arrived - Ruapehu, from London. An uneventful passage. She brings 16 saloon passengers, 40 second cabin, 72 in the steerage, besides 223 emigrants. Owning to the Jubilee arrangements the Ruapehu cannot come alongside the wharf until Tuesday.
Friday 24 June 1887
Auckland June 23
Arrived - Zealandia, from San Francisco., Captain Von Orterendrop, at 4 p.m.. The Zealand sailed on June 3rd. She leaves for Sydney at daylight.
Passengers for Auckland - Fleming Miss Hooker Miss Martin Mr Nation Mrs and two children Nordyke Mr Strachey Mr and 7 in the steerage. For Sydney saloon 24, steerage 44. Among the trough passengers is Sir C. Goodsir, Sir Samuel Griffiths, Dr Ballon, the revs. H. Thomas Hope and Farther Gleeson.
The passengers for Tututilia could not be landed owing to bad weather.
They were the:
Clarke Rev. W.C., Mrs Clarke, two children Gresnubl Mr Whitman Mr Swell Mr H.W.
The Wanaka leaves with the Southern San Francisco mail tomorrow morning.
Saturday 25 June 1887
Direct Steamers to Timaru
The new charter extends over three years and relates to the Elderslie and Fifeshire, both of which belong to the "Shire" Company. A third of the meat space will be reserved for the South Canterbury Refrigerating Company. The vessels will be prepared to load up with wool. They will call at Port Chalmers, Oamaru and Timaru and each of the three ports will be visited four times a year, that is, each of the two vessels engaged in the trade will make annually two "out and home" voyages. The first steamer of the line, the Fifeshire will be in Timaru harbour early in December, and she will be followed by the Elderslie in February. The Fifeshire is still building. She is a steel ship of 5200 tons (carrying capacity). She is classed 100 A1 at Lloyd's; is 345 feet long; has a breadth of beam of 47ft 6 inches; and depth of hold 24ft 6 inches. Her engines are 4000 horse power and are pf a new type. She will have accommodation for fifty saloon. Miller, who until lately had command of the Elderslie. The managing owners of the "Shire" line are Messrs Turnbull, Martin and Co., of Glasgow, and their representative in New Zealand is Mr W. Alexander Moore, NZ Refrigerating Co., Dunedin.
Monday June 1887
Port of Lyttelton
June 25 - Sailed, Coptic, this evening, for London. The Coptic took 33,000 carcasses frozen mutton, a large mixed cargo, and 54 passengers.
Timaru Herald Monday 27 June 1887
The Waratha, s.s., loading coal at Bulli, NSW, for Sydney, parted her moorings and drove on to the beach embedded in the sand.
The Northampton, German ship, London to Melbourne, had the binnacles, hen coops and life bouys washed overboard.
The Oakworth, ship, London to Adelaide, on the April 26th a sea broke over
The Hoiden, ship, Sydney to Shanghai was thrown on her beam ends off New Caledonia
The Thornliebank, barque, Glasgow to Melbourne, had her deck washed|
The Dawpool, ship, London to Sydney, on the 22nd ult was struck by a heavy sea on the port side, all hoses were stove in.
Thursday 30 June 1887
Auckland June 29
Arrived - Te Anau, from Sydney (June 24), Passengers for Wellington, Mr Mannahan; for Lyttelton, Mr and Mrs Haywood, Mr Carver and two in steerage.
Friday 1 July 1887 Port of Lyttelton
Sailed - June 30 - Rimutaka, for London, with 120 passengers and a full cargo.
Friday 1 July 1887 Hobart, June 30
The s.s. Tainui, which sailed this afternoon for Port Chalmers, takes 123 New Zealand passengers.
Saturday 2 July 1887
The following is a return of the shipping at the port of Timaru, for the month ended June 30th, 1887;
Steamers - Arrivals 25 of the aggregate tonnage of 9221 tons
- departures: 25 of the aggregate tonnage of 9221 tons
Sailing vessels - Arrivals 6 of the aggregate tonnage of 629 tons
- departures 6 of the aggregate tonnage of 814 tons.
Contracts have been entered into with the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company for the conveyance of the mails between the United Kingdom and Australia for a term of seven years; the subsidy agreed upon being £85,000 each per annum, a total of £170,000.
Timaru Herald Monday 4 July 1887
Sailed - July 3 - Mennock, barque, 876 tons, Chambers, for Rio de Janeiro and London. The Mennock completed loading on Saturday, and things were then squared up ready for sea. Early yesterday she was hove short, and the p.s. Titan went alongside about 10.30. The Mennock was towed-well out, and given a very good offing. the wind being light, however, she was hardly hull sown in the afternoon. The barque is in splendid trim and should make an excellent passage.
Tuesday 5 July 1887
The following vessel has had letters assigned to it in the international Code Signal List:
- QTYM., Lily, schooner, 84 tons, of Lyttelton.
Thursday 7 July 1887
The barquentine Jessie arrived at Lyttelton on Tuesday, from Newcastle, after a rough passage of 32 days, having sailed on the same day as the Ocean Ranger and Jasper, viz, the 3rd of May.
The schooner Alert arrived yesterday morning from Wanganui after a passage of 12 days. The captain put into Port Underwood for shelter from the dirty weather and the following vessels are lying there: -
The Croydon Lass, Reliance, and Willie McLaren, bound for Lyttelton, and the Isabella Anderson bound for Oamaru.
Saturday 9 July 1887 Port of Timaru
Arrived June 8 - Ocean Ranger, barquentine, 240 tons, Dilner, from Newcastle with 360 tons doubled screened coal. Consignee - Ebenezer Smith, coal factor, Main North Road. C.W. Turner, agent.
The Ocean Ranger left Newcastle on June 3rd in the company with the Jessie and Jasper. Carried a strong S.W. breeze till the 7th when a terrific S.S.E. gale, lasting three days, was run into. Decent weather until the 15th when another heavy S.E. gale was met with. Was at this tome 50 miles off the West Cape, and the sea was a tremendous one, oil bags were put over the side to prevent the waves from smashing up all before them. On the 29th the Ranger had got 192 miles away from the Cape named.
Monday 11 July 1887 Albany, AUST. July 10
Arrived - S.S. Massillia, from London. Among the passengers are Messrs Laurence and Jarrett for New Zealand.
Wednesday 13 July 1887
Arrived July 12 - At the Heads, barque Deva, from London, with the loss of her bowsprit and jibboom.
July 12 - Lady Agnes, from Mauritius.
Timaru Herald Saturday 16 July 1887
Crossed the meridian of Cape Leuwin on June 28th in lat. 50 S., and on the following day the Deva, 761 tons, in lat. 50 30 S, long 118 E between 3 and 4 am, it being dark and cloudy, she met a very large iceberg - between 30ft and 40ft high. She came into collision with a corner of the berg with a tremendous crash, carrying away a portion of the berg and at the same time losing her jibboom close to the knight's head, together with the bowsprit and gear. The pumps were sounded, and it was found the ship was making no water and after the wreckage was cut away the Deva proceeded on her passage. Captain Pierrepoint described the scene as a very exciting one and that for a minute or two he feared the Deva's time and that of all on board had come. Luckily she is a faithfully built vessel. The Deva was in Timaru a few years ago and loaded grain for London.
Monday 18 July 1887
Wellington, July 16
Arrived - Barque Lettwe, Captain Gifford, 102 days from London.
At the Heads - German barque Caroline Behn, Captain Grown, from Hamburg.
July 17 - Arrived the RMS Kaikoura from London via Hobart.
Timaru Herald Tuesday 19 July 1887
Auckland, July 18
Arrived last night, RMS Zealandia, from Sydney
Passengers for New Zealand - Godler Mr J Guy Mr and Mrs Richard Harrison Mrs H Johnson Mr G McLaren Mr Parkhouse Mr A.R. Thompson Mr and Mrs Alexander and six children and eight in steerage The Zealandia leaves for San Francisco at 4 p.m.
Wednesday 20 July 1887
Snorers at Sea
Safety, speed and comfort are studied and kept in view by the builders of ships. The proprietors see also that the ship is well manned - that experienced seamen, a competent doctor, attentive and civil stewards, and other attendants are engaged for the voyage. The food is a highly important factor in the management. Food, for a thousand persons from London to New Zealand, eight thousand miles away! It is a puzzle to most people how the thing is done so well, and to many how it is done at all. Nor can our ship agents give a warrant that no snorers are taken as passengers, for the simple reason that no one would admit that he was a snorer, or a man capable of doing anything in his sleep calculated to keep awake or otherwise annoy his neighbor.....Little I thought as I lay down the first night, and at the other side of the partition - close to my ear - there was an instrument capable of emitting sounds such as no ordinary "organ" grinding could imitate. For hours I was kept awake. Of course he was sound asleep unconscious of the misery he was causing... Snoring breaks rest, but no bones!
Timaru Herald Wednesday 20 July 1887 page 3
An Adventurous Career
Invercargill, July 19
The Melbourne press gives long accounts of the career of the late Captain John McLean, so well known to travellers between Australia and New Zealand. He was born at Stranair, in Scotland, in 1818, and took to the sea at an early age, and ever afterwards had a career full of adventures. He served his apprenticeship as a seaman in a sailing ship, the Champion, owned and commanded by Captain Cochran, who was a relative of the deceased, and he rapidly rose to the position of chief officer, making voyages including two or three with immigrants to Sydney between 1840 and 1845. In the beginning of 1849 Captain McLean received the command of the ship Saxon, and reached Melbourne safely in June of that year, after which he sailed for South America, and then to England. In 1850 he left London, being still in charge of the Saxon, on a three years' voyage to Aden and the East, having a cargo of coals and general merchandise. All went well till the vessel was south of Mauritius, when he altered course so as to run between that island and Madagascar to examine the bird rocks, which lie to the north of Mauritius, for the purpose of ascertaining if a cargo of guano could be obtained there. When midway between the outward and the homeward route of ships from India, a cry of fire was raised one night and smoke was found to be issuing from the main hatch. Captain McLean examined the hold, but did not discover flames. When daylight broke he ordered water down the hatches. This was done until one of the seaman fainted from the heat. The fire had got aft in the hold. By noon the hatches were burned open. The boats were got ready. They stood by until the vessel was burnt down to the water's edge. The boats were 750 miles from land. Only blankets were available for sails. Captain McLean ordered the boats to remain together. After a week a sail was seen on the horizon. The vessel turned out to be the Essex, of Messrs Green's line, on its way from India to England. Captain McLean returned to England, and shortly after brought out the paddle steamer Victoria, in which, and other vessels he traded between Geelong and Melbourne. In 1855 he entered the employment of Messrs McMeckan, Blackwood and Co., and rapidly rose to commodore of their fleet. He assumed command of the s.s. Omeo in October 1859, and made 24 voyages in her between Melbourne and Adelaide. In December, 1860 he made his first trip to Otago and Canterbury. Six months later he took charge of the s.s. Albion, and made several trips in her to Adelaide, and then traded to Otago in her till December, 1862. After this he was given the command of the s.s. Alhambra, in which boat he had a considerable proprietary interest. This position he retained for a number of years and afterwards had control in succession of the steamers Albion, Otago, Tararua, Gottenburg and Ringarooma, which arrived in 1875. Subsequently he became Marine Superintendent of the fleet. He never lost another vessel, nor a single life. He earned a notable sobriquet descriptive of his desire to make rapid passages.
Thursday July 1887
Oamaru July 20
The steamer Elderslie arrived from London, via Adelaide today. She takes 10,000 carcasses of mutton from here, and proceeds to Port Chalmers for the balance of her cargo.
Timaru Herald Saturday 23 July 1887
Arrival of the San Francisco Mail
Auckland, July 22
The Alameda, from San Francisco, arrived at 4 o'clock.
Passengers - For Auckland Costabie Mr A, wife and 3 children Drake Mr C.T. Galloway Mr W.S. Head Miss Organ Mrs Pharazyn Mr R Stone Mrs 2 children and maid and six in steerage For Sydney - 40 in saloon, and 26 in steerage
Amongst the passengers are the Bishop of Sydney, and the Hon. A. Coote, and from Auckland General Schaw and Major Dane. The vessel had to contend against a heavy N.W. gale for the last 40 hours. The Alameda sails for Sydney early to-morrow morning.
Monday 25 July 1887
Port of Lyttelton
Sailed - July 24 - Tainui, for London, and a full cargo of frozen meat and produce.
The Shaw Savill Co.'s s.s. Doric is advertised to leave Lyttelton on August 20th. The Tainui is now added to the Company's time-table and will leave Dec. 10th.
Timaru Herald Wellington, July 24
The China Navigation Company's steamer Woosung arrived from Foo Chow yesterday afternoon, after a passage of 23 days. She brings 1850 tons of tea and 650 tons of general cargo, principally sugar and rice.
Arrived - Brig - O.P. Olson, Captain Jacobsen, 120 days from New York.
Tuesday 26 July 1887
Wellington, July 25
Arrived - at 1 p.m. - S.S. Wakatipu, from Sydney.
Passengers for Lyttelton Bennetts Mr R Farley Mr J Tyrell Mrs D and three in steerage For Dunedin: Coombes Mr McKay Mr Pearse Mr A.M. and six in steerage
Friday 29 July 1887
Hobart, July 28
The Shaw Savill steamship Doric left at 2.30 this afternoon in continuation of her voyage to New Zealand. Passengers - Saloon - Mr Morton, and 74 in other classes. She reports all well.
Saturday 30 July 1887
Captain Selem, formerly of the Oceola, has been appointed captain of the Lady Mabel, vice Captain Wright resigned.
The barque Cingalese left London on May 24th for Lyttelton and Timaru, she is therefore 66 days out. The Ganymede left London on may 20th for the same ports and therefore 70 days out.
The Julia M. Avery, brig 127 tons, of Sydney, built at Baltimore, year unknown, was sold in Sydney on the 6th ult. for 200.
A shower of fish was the somewhat unusual accompaniment of a thunder squall, on board the Don Nicholas, barque, from British Columbia to Sydney on the 3rd ult.
Saturday 30 July 1887
Russell, July 29
Arrived - H.M.S. Opal from Sydney. She will practice big gun drill on Saturday, and proceed to Wellington on Monday.
A composite screw corvette of 2120 tons, and 2190 horse-power, carrying 12 guns. She was recommissioned at Sydney on 27th October 1886. TH 4 Aug. 1887
Monday 1 August 1887
Arrived - July 31 - Clifton, barque, 380 tons, Bankier, from Newcastle. She was towed to the premier berth at the main wharf by the p.s. Titan and will commence discharging her coals for the Farmer's Cooperative Association today
Arrived - July 31 - Peru, barque, 683 tons, from Liverpool, via Wellington
Tuesday 2 August 1887
The Press of yesterday says:- Mr John Grigg, of Longbeach, is shipping another consignment of 300 horses to India. They are to go by the steamer Bucephalus, a steamer chartered by Friedlander Bros., of Ashburton. A special train containing a portion of the horses passed through Ashburton, en route to Lyttelton, on Monday evening. The balance of the horses will be trucked at Winslow and sent through to Lyttelton by special train to-day.
Tuesday 3 August 1887
Sailed - Aug. 2 - Lady Mabel, brigantine, 215 tons, Selem, for Sydney and Newcastle. Her cargo consists for the most part of potatoes.
The following is the return of vessels which arrived and departed at this port during the month ended 31st July, 1887
Arrivals: steamers 20, aggregate tonnage of 7931, sailing ships 7, aggregate tonnage of 1070
Departures: steamers 20, sailing ships 5
Returns corresponding with the month of July 1886
Arrivals: steamers 20, aggregate tonnage of 4731, sailing ships 10, aggregate tonnage of 2466
Departures: steamers 8
The ship Opawa has left London for Wellington and the barque Norman MacLeod has left Sharpness for Lyttelton.
Arrived at the Heads - Ravenscraig, barque, from London. Queen Mab, barque, from Glasgow.
Nelson, August 2 - Arrived - Glenora, barque, Capt. Sargeant, 85 days from London.
Saturday 6 August 1887
The schooner Colonist, 46 tons, yesterday cleared at the customs for New Plymouth, with a full cargo of flour
Sailed - Aug. 5 - Elderslie, s.s., for London, with a cargo of 25,000 carcasses of mutton, 12,000 cases of meat and a quantity of wool, sheepskins, &c.
Auckland, Aug. 5
Arrived - Rangitikei, Taylor, from London, 92 days out. She brings a quantity of explosives.
Monday 8 August 1887
Wellington, Aug. 7
Arrived - Doric, from London, via Auckland.
Monday 15 August 1887
Arrived. Aug. 13 - Grafton, s.s., 242 tons, Nordstrum, from Dunedin
Aug. 13. Saturday - Janet Nicoll, 489 tons, Hutton from the South. She is a straight-stemmed vessel, rigged as a topsail schooner, and has large hold accommodation, and in general appearance resembles the Mawhera and Koranui. She was built at Jarrow-on-Tyne under the supervision of Captain Hutton, to order of her owner, Mr Nicoll, of Sydney, and was launched in August 1884. She is classed 100 A1 at Lloyd's. Her dimensions are - length 185ft; beam 20ft 2in; depth of hold 13ft 8"; net tonnage 489. She has a pair of compound surface-condensing engines of 90 horse-power nominal, but capable of being worked up to 450 horse-power, with a pressure of 90lb to square inch. The diameter of her cylinders is 22in and 44in respectively. Steam is generated in a multitubular steel boiler, fed by three furnaces, and she can steam nine knots an hour on an average consumption of nine tons of coal daily. The Janet Nicoll's saloon is not a large one - it can only accommodate about twenty passengers - but it is very neatly fitted up, the woodwork being of bird's eye maple, teak and mahogany. Up till lately the Janet Nicoll has been running the Fiji trade, and is now coasting. She left for the North with a full cargo on Saturday evening.
Adelaide, Aug. 14
Arrived - Orient s.s. Oroya (Aroya) from Plymouth. She has the following passengers for New Zealand:
Bowden Mr Carr Mr Carr Miss Fisher Mr Hills Mrs and six second class
Tuesday August 23 1887
Arrived. Aug. 21 - Zior, schooner, 56 tons, Jenson, from Havelock with 42,000 ft timber. J. Jackson, agent.
Aug. 22. - Bells, barque, 341 tons, Mugford, from Newcastle with 540 tons coal. Consignee - E. Smith.
The barque Cingalese arrived at Lyttelton on Sunday night from London after a smart passage of about 88 days.
Thursday August 25 1887
Arrived Aug. 24 - Grafton s.s. 295 tons, Nordstrum, from Northern ports.
Sailed Aug. 24 - Grafton s.s. 295 tons, Nordstrum, for Dunedin. Passengers - Misses Shaw, Gourley, McNair, Boughton and Glasson; Messrs Gabites, Guthrie, Waite, Pye and Dooley.
Saturday 27 August 1887 pg 3
Launching of the Priestman dredge, imported by the Timaru Harbour Board.
Saturday 3 September 1887
The Taniwha was alongside the wharf again yesterday, and most of the heavy dredge machinery proper was put aboard. Mr Charles Head, engineer to the new dredge, lifted the heavy pieces, such as the jib, etc., with the wharf Priestman. The dredge was built on the Moody wharf.
Tuesday August 1887 pg 2 Port Chalmers, Aug. 29.
Arrival of the Arawa, from Plymouth via Capetown and Hobart. She brings 2500 tons of cargo, 1000 tons of which are for Dunedin. She has 308 passengers, of whom 196 are nominated immigrants under the charge of Dr Husband and Miss France, matron. The officers, the same as on the last voyage, have received a step of promotion. Mr Sawbury being chief officer, Mr Moffatt having taken command of the Company's ship Amapura. Miss Bates, third class passenger, died on July 20th. The Arawa left Plymouth at 3.50 p.m. pm July 21st, left 8.45. p.m. same day.
Wednesday 31 August 1887 pg2
A large number of immigrants by the s.s. Arawa passed through Timaru to-day by the express to Christchurch, having left Port Chalmers this morning.
Wednesday 31 August 1887
Colonials will learn with much regret (says the European Mail of July 15th) of Mr Henry Bayley, senior managing director of the Peninsular and Oriental Company, which took place on July 7th, from the result of a carriage accident within a short distance of his residence at Blackheath. Mr Bayley has been connected with the company from its formation.
Captain Trouton, the marine superintendent of the A.S.N. Company at Sydney, has invented a new kind of masthead light. The lamp ids fitted with a mechanical arrangement which will allow the steersman to indicate to approaching vessels in which direction he is steering, the indication being a semaphore of light shooting out to the port or starboard as required.
Thursday 1 September 1887
Sailed Aug. 31 - Ohau, s.s., 410 tons, Bernech, for Auckland. Exports- 583 sacks potatoes
Aug. 31 - Kakanui, s.s. 56 tons, Best, for North.
Aug. 31 - Mahinapua, s.s., 205 tons, Holmes, for Dunedin.
Aug. 31 - Bells, barque, 341 tons, Mugford, for Brisbane. Export: 1989 sacks oaks, 5000 sacks sharps, 2230 sacks bran. She was towed out by the Titan.
Friday 2nd September 1887
Port of Timaru Shipping returns
Steamers: 20, aggregate tonnage of 5707 tons
Sailing vessels: 6, aggregate tonnage 621
Steamers: 20, aggregate tonnage of 5707
Sailing vessels: 9, aggregate tonnage of 1280
For the corresponding month of August 1886, the returns were:
Steamers: 18, aggregate tonnage of 8326 tons
Sailing vessels: 9, aggregate tonnage 1665
Steamers: 18, aggregate tonnage of 8326
Sailing vessels: 8, aggregate tonnage of 1685
Wednesday 7 September 1887
The barque Hampshire, Captain Matthias, 64 days, from Calcutta, with a cargo of wool sacks, arrived to-day.
Wednesday 7 September 1887
Auckland, Sept 6
Arrived - Waihora, from Sydney (1st), passengers for Wellington - Mr and Mrs Wirst.
Wellington, Sept. 6
Arrived Hauroto, from Sydney. Left there 1st. The passengers for Lyttelton are: - Messrs Griffiths, Steeds, McKendry and Craig, and five in the steerage; for Dunedin - Mr Stockwell, and nine in steerage.
Friday 9 September 1887
Port of Timaru
Arrived Sept. 8 - Mahinapua, s.s., 205 tons, Holmes, from the North (Lyttelton), Union Steamship Co.. Passenger - Mrs Cowan. Imports: 250 tons of cargo, which included 1000 casks cement, transhipped from the barque, Cingalese, at Lyttelton.
Ganymede, barque, from London, early (sailed May 20th)
Friday 9 September 1887 pg3
Formal annexation of the Kermadec Islands, (NZ flag raised 17th Aug.on Sunday Is.).
The only inhabitants of the island at the present time are a settler named Bell, his wife and children, four, whom have been home since he took possession about eight years ago. Mr Bell shipped fifty bales of wool by the Stella and also grows fruit of all kinds, sugar cane and produce of various sorts, which is bartered to the whalers. Fish are plentiful and birds. Wild goats abound and Mr Bell has 300 sheep. Mr Hazard took a photo of the scene. Mr Cheeseman bought back 115 kinds of plants and ferns.
Monday 12 September 1887
The Aorangi left Hobart at 4 pm on Thursday with 115 passengers and 3055 tons of cargo for all ports. She is expected to arrive in Wellington on Monday afternoon, and leaves for Auckland as her next port of call.
Tuesday 13 September 1887 Wellington 12th.
Arrival of the Aorangi. Voyage pleasant. Passengers in good health. Spoke to the barque Livermere, of Liverpool, from Rangoon to London, in lat. 25 36 S and long. 9.48E. Arrived Hobart Sept. 8th. Her time is 43 days 17 hours and 4 minutes, and steaming time 42 days, 11 hours and 29 minutes. No births or deaths. The passengers number 158, among them are Judge Gillies and Miss Gillies. 35 passengers were landed at Hobart. There are 47 for Wellington, 39 for Auckland, 13 for Lyttelton, 8 for Dunedin and the rest for other ports.
Saturday 17 September 1887
Launch of the steel steamer Fifeshire, christened by Mrs James Huddart. of Melbourne. Will be commanded by Captain W.A. Millar, late of the Elderslie. Launched on July 28th from the shipbuilding yard of Messrs C.S. Swan and Hunter, at Wallsend to the order of Messrs Turnbull, Martin and Co., of Glasgow specially for trading and carrying dead meat between Australia and New New Zealand and London. The dimensions"
Breadth extreme 48 ft
Depth moulded 27ft
deadweight cargo about 5000 tons all told
Classes 100A1 at Lloyds
The holds are fitted with refrigerating chambers, the machinery (Lightfoot's patent)
Staterooms for fifty saloon passengers
She will be brig-rigged, with steel masts.
Triple expansion engines, about 3000 hp
Three boilers 160lb pressure by Messrs Blair and Co., of Stockton.
Electric light, including cargo lanterns, masthead and side lights by the Maxim-Weston Electric Light Company.
She will be placed on the Admiralty list for transport service.
Expected in NZ under charter to the NZ Refrigeration Company, Dunedin she will be dispatched with wool, meat and passengers etc. for London, from Timaru, Oamaru and Port Chalmers, about 1st January followed by the s.s. Elderslie about the end of February. These steamers are not connected with Messrs Tysers steamers, but are quite an independent line.
Wednesday 21 September 1887
The New Zealand Shipping Company notify that the Aorangi is fitted with a cool chamber for butter and cheese.
The schooner Alert, 56 tons, Fitzgerald, from Pelorous Sound with sleepers for the Railway Department.
The schooner Maud Graham, schooner, 66 tons, Jorgensen, Master agent, arrived Monday from Pelorous Sound with a full load, 1592 sleepers for the Railway Department.
Friday 23 September 1887
Sept. 23 - Stella, s.s., 136 tons, Fairchild, for Oamaru. Imports Timaru in the Stella, NZ Government agents; 3 Armstrong guns. Consignees - Defence Department.
Sept. 22- At the Heads, Orari, from London, all well.
Friday 23 September 1887
Wellington, Sept. 22
The ship Wanganui from London is at the Heads.
Thursday 29 September 1887
A large ocean steamer will run fully a mile even after the engines have been reversed full speed. This explains one of the chief causes of collision.
Wellington, Sept. 28
Arrived - Ionic, from London. She had an uneventful passage of 42 days 2 hours.
Saturday 1 October 1887
Ocean Ranger, barquentine, 240 tons, Dilner, for Brisbane. Towed to sea by the Titan.
Monday 3 October 1887
Arrived - Oct. 1 - Ganymede, barque, 558 tons, Gray, from Lyttelton. Towed in by the Titan.
Shipping Returns at the port of Timaru for the month of September
Arrivals: Steamers 21 of aggregate tonnage of 6559 tons
Sailing vessels 5, of aggregate of 428 tons.
Departures: Steamers 21, of aggregate tonnage of 6559 tons
Sailing vessels 5, of the aggregate tonnage of 514 tons.
The NZSCo. ship Otaki arrived at Lyttelton on Friday afternoon after a passage of ninety-six days from London. The vessel experienced rough weather. Captain Worster said he had not seen such bad weather during the 14 years he had been trading to New Zealand.
Monday 10 October 1887
Wellington, Oct. 9
The Tekapo sailed for Calcutta last night with 250 horses.
Arrived at 6 pm - The s.s. Rimutaka from London, after an uneventful passage. Among the passengers is the Hon. C.J.C. Stevens, who has been appointed Colonial Secretary in the new Ministry. The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon were passengers to the Cape, and express their intention of following by the next steamer.
Tuesday 11 October 18871
The barque Lutterwe, which left Wellington on August 5th, in ballast for Newcastle, had not been heard of up to Sept. 21st. She is an iron vessel of 798 tons and commanded by Captain Gifford.
Timaru Herald Friday 14 October 1887
Another vessel has been added to the Union Company, in the shape of the s.s. Pukaki, which is intended to trade as a collier between the West Coast of this Island and Australia. Built under special survey by Messrs Denny Brothers, of Dumbarton. She is 220ft long, 32 feet in width, has a depth of hold of 18 ft 9". Net register tonnage 850, and her gross 1400. She is constructed for the coal trade and has three hatches over which are steam winches. Her rig is brigantine. She has a flying deck amidships on which are a chart room, captain's quarters, and steering room. Her forward decks are all steel. The Pukaki is fitted with quadruple surface condensing engines. The diameter of the cylinders are 16", 24", 36" and 47". The length of the stroke is 3ft and 47". Her boilers are steel, and loaded up to a pressure of 170lbs per sq". Steam is generated by three Fox's patent corrugated furnaces; she id fitted with a patent evaporator and distiller., which supplies fresh water fort he boilers. The sides are panelled in polished pine, mahogany and English ash; large tables occupy the centre of the compartment. There is a handsome cheffonier, with a mirror and clock, and on either side staterooms., well lit and ventilated. Commanded by Captain Albert Dudor, late chief officer of the Rotomahana.
Wednesday 19 October 1887
The Prior Hill barque from Lyttelton, arrived in London in Sept. after a passage of 142 days.
The Hudson, barque from Lyttelton arrived in London after 122 days out. Lloyds did report both over due.
Auckland, Oct. 18
Arrived - Tarawera, from Sydney (sailed 13th inst.) Passengers -
Champion Mr Coaster Mr Hudson Mr Lafone Mr and Mrs Morse Mr Nankervis Mr Robertson Dr Skerving Mr and Mrs Wilson Mr Charles and 38 in steerage
Friday 21 October 1887
Arrived - Oct. 20 Ohau, s.s., 410 tons, Union Co., Neader, from Dunedin. Passengers - Leitch's Dramatic Company.
Oct. 20 - Reliance, ketch, 46 tons, Sunkell, from Lyttelton.
Wednesday 26 October 1887
Arrived Oct. 25- May, barquentine, 243 tons, Robb, from Newcastle with 3000 tons coal for W. Evans. She left Newcastle on Oct. 15.
Oct. 25 - Lochnagar, barque, 464 tons, Captain Sinclair, from London. She left home on July 15th, a rather long voyage of 102 days. (Thursday 28 October 1887 Account of voyage) Mr Gasson, chief officer. Left London on July 16th.
The Colonial Union Line vessels which will follow the Balmoral Castle and to sail from Lyttelton for London direct: -
S.S. Balcarres Brook 2001 tons register. She was built under special survey in 1883 at Southampton by Oswald Mordanunt and Co. Ltd., of Liverpool. Class at Lloyds 100A1. She is 264ft 8 in in length, 36ft 1: breadth of beam and 24ft 2" depth of hold.
The Selembria, one of the Union Co.'s Line, is 3041 tons register. Length 330ft 2", breadth of beam 40ft 1", depth 29ft 6". Built under special survey at Sunderland in 1882 by Messrs R. Thomson and Sons, and is classed 100A1 at Lloyds.
The Cambodia which completes the fleet is a screw steamer of 3006 tons register. Length 327ft 3"; Breadth of beam 40ft 1'; and depth of hold 20ft 1'. She was built at Sunderland in 182 by Messrs Thomson and Sons and engineered by Mr George Clark of the same place. Class 100A1 at Lloyds. Like the Selembia she is owned by Messrs Crow, Rudolf and Co., of Liverpool.
Port Chalmers, Oct. 25
Arrival of the Norman McLeod, barque, Captain Lovett, 107 days from Sharpness and Gloucester. She brings 1000 tons salt. She shipped a heavy sea.
Saturday 29 October 1887
Bluff, Oct. 28
Sailed - Balmoral Castle, s.s., for London via Lyttelton with carcasses, wool, shins tallow.
Timaru Herald Tuesday November 1 Sailed
Oct. 31 - Grafton, s.s., 295 tons, Nordstrum, for the North. Mr J. Bruce yesterday shipped to Wellington by the s.s. Grafton, twelve tons of oatmeal, the first shipment from the Milling Company of which he is the able manager.
This vessel is to join the Australian Squadron. She is a steel torpedo gunboat of 450 tons and 3,000 horse power. She is a long, narrow low built-craft. She can steam more than 20 knots an hour and has a 4" gun toward and Hotchkiss pieces on the broadside, in addition to four tubes on deck. She is of shallow draught.
Wednesday 2 November 1887 Auckland
The whole interest in the Auckland built, three-masted schooner Handa Isle was sold to Captain D.H. McKenzie for 2310. The same purchaser bought the 24th-64th part of the brigantine Eilan Donan for the sum of 765. The 20-64th of the barque Wenona was knocked down to Mr E.R. Cardno for 870. The other lot was the 32-94th of the brigantine Stanley, which found purchasers in Messrs Stewart and Garlick at 900.
Wednesday 2 November 1887
Timaru Shipping Returns for the month ended October 31 1887
Arrivals: Steamers: 19, aggregate tonnage 5414 tons
Sailing vessels: 9, aggregate tonnage 818 tons
Captain Logan has temporary charge of the s.s. Mararoa, in the room of Captain Edie, who is enjoying a holiday at Melbourne.
Thursday November 3rd 1887
The following vessels are detailed for the Australian Squadron:
The Amphion, a twin screw second class steel steamer cruiser, of 3750 tons, ten guns
The Archer, a twin screw steel torpedo cruiser, of 1630 tons, six guns
The Brisk, a twin screw steel torpedo cruiser, of 1630 tons, six guns.
The Lizard, a composite gunboat of 660 tons, six guns.
Also two fast cruisers and four smaller vessels, which are to be kept as a reserve force in Australian waters.
Saturday 5 November 1887
Arrived - Nov. 4 - Waipa, ship, Captain Forstick, after an uneventful passage of 90 days from London.
Wednesday 9 November 1887
The schooners Lily and Crest of the Wave arrived yesterday morning from Lyttelton and Stewart's Island respectively. The former will load on account of the Milling Company.
The Lyttelton Times of Monday
"The barque Norman Macleod, which arrived from Dunedin on Friday evening, commenced to discharge her cargo of salt and also transhipped a few bags into the Lily, for Timaru. The barque lands 510 tons salt and then proceeds to Timaru to load produce for London. The repairs done at this port by Messrs Scott Bros. stood well and as the vessel again goes to Timaru, where she received the damage, it is to be hoped she will meet with better luck than on her last visit to that port." Some day in the near future Timaru will be able to give Lyttelton points and possibly return the "compliment."
Wednesday 9 November 1887
Auckland, Nov. 8
Arrived - Zealandia, ship, from London (left the 23rd July) The cook of the ship Zealandia died at sea from general debility, on August 28th.
Margaret Galbraith, ship, from Glasgow. Brings plant for the Onehunga waterworks.
Taradale, barque, from Tourabak, with a cargo of raw sugar.
Wednesday 9 November 1887
Stormy Passage and Loss of Life
During the voyage of the barque Taradale on the night of Oct. 19th when off Wilson's Promontory, a strong W.S.W. gale sprang up and the barque shipped large quantities of water. One sea breaking on board smashed one of the boats, carrying away the skids and compasses, breaking down the companion and doing other damage. The gale continued for 20 hours, and then it was found that one of the crew (Thomas Little), an ordinary seaman and a single man, was missing. It is supposed the poor fellow was washed overboard by one of the heavy seas which broke over the vessel.
Wednesday 9 November 1887
Wellington, Nov. 8
Arrived - Barque Himalaya, Capt. Patterson, from Liverpool (left Aug. 5th)
Coptic from London, via the South.
Saturday November 1887
The barquentine May was taking in ballast yesterday at the Moody wharf. She loads 40 tons of produce at this port for Sydney and proceeds to Bluff to fill up with oats.
Sails. Nov. 11 - Lochnager, barque, 464 tons, Sinclair, for Gisborne. She was towed to sea early yesterday by the tug Titan. Owing to the N.E. wind that was blowing she was a long time getting out of sight.
Monday 14 November 1887
The Doric left New Plymouth on the 5th instant for New Zealand, Port Chalmers being her first port of call.
Thursday 17 November 1887
The barquentine Ocean Ranger was loading at Newcastle for Timaru on Nov. 5th.
The barque Mennock is now 133 days out of Timaru to London via Rio de Janeiro.
Auckland, Nov. 16 Arrived - Wairarapa from Sydney. Passengers - Abbott Mr N. A. and family Arthur Mr W Barman Mr Bowers Miss Carr Mr Cleverland Mr Donblet Mr Firth Mr R Firth Misses (2) Hesketh Mr (2) McArthur Mr McArthur Mr G.W. Mclellan Mr Mitchellson Mrs Nash Mr Neal Mr Nicholson Mr Pawless Mr M.P. Phillians Mr Poll Mr Reeves Mr (2) Reid Mrs and two children Rhodes Mr Seiger Mr Seagers Mr Spritehead Mr Thomson Mr Twentyman Mr Verne Mr E and 40 in the steerage
Tuesday 22 November 1887
Arrived - Marlborough, ship, Captain Herd, 92 days, from London. The voyage was uneventful.
Passengers - Saloon: Fenwick Mr Hallum Mr Ross Mr West Mr Williamson Mr and four second class.
Wednesday 23 November 1887 The days of sailing
vessels yet promise to be many.
There were built in the UK (exclusive of vessels for foreigners)
In 1882 there were built 362 sailing vessels of 145,700 tons, and 610 steamers of 521,575 tons;
In 1885 there were built 459 sailing vessels of 208,411 tons, and 393 steamers of 196,975 tons.
Wednesday 24 November 1887
The attention of the authorities should be directed to the serious risk and danger that now exists in the shape of the abandoned waterlogged timber laden vessel Nancy Holt, found by the Waitemata, brigantine, on her voyage from Kaipara to Melbourne, in lat. 36 17 long. 162 11 E. This position is about midway between the coast of New Zealand and Australia. In the North Atlantic there are always more or less of such ill-fated craft floating at the mercy of the wind and waves for almost unlimited periods; and many have been the attempts to have it looked upon as international duty to blow up or otherwise remove these unfortunates; so far, without success. In these colonies there should be no delay in making arrangements for the speedy disruption and destruction of this, the first of its kin in these waters. - Australasian Shipping News.
Timaru Herald Wednesday 24 November 1887
Light from Wind - experiment
Friday 25 November 1887
Arrived. - Nov. 24 - Herald, s.s., 376 tons, Jones, from Dunedin.
The barque Examiner, an old trader to Timaru, and one of the C.W.T. line of vessels, has been chartered to run between Melbourne and the Clarence river with timber.
Monday November 1887
The barque Ganymeade, hence, arrived at Sydney on the 13th inst, after a passage of 29 days.
The Union Company's steamer Grafton, 242 tons, arrived from Dunedin on Saturday morning. She sailed for Northern ports in the evening.
The s.s. Timaru, 295 tons, Keeble, arrived from Newcastle yesterday Westport has a full cargo of coals for her agent and charter, Mr John Jackson.
The Union Co.'s splendid steamer, the Hauroto, 1276 tons, Kennedy, arrived from Newcastle. The Hauroto is the largest cargo steamer that has called at our port, and it speaks well for the enterprise of Mr Ebenezer Smith in chartering her to bring coal from Newcastle. As the sea is rather lumpy from the effects of the nor-wester, she will come alongside the wharf this evening.
Nov. 27 Tainui, for Lyttelton
Nov. 27 - Raven, for Bluff.
Wednesday 30 November 1887 Auckland, Nov. 29 Arrived - S.S. Waihora, from Sydney (24th inst.) Passengers for Southern ports- Butler Mrs and child Farquhar Messrs (2) Glover Mr and Mrs Packle Mr and Mrs Perrott Mr Porter Mr and Mrs Robinson Miss Spencer Mr Stephenson Miss Stephenson Mrs Stuart Mr P. Todman Mr Tricole Mr Turner Messrs (2) Young Messrs (2) and 20 in the steerage
Arrived - Colonial Union Company's steamer
Balcarres Brook, from London, via Sydney. She brings three
passengers for Wellington and three for Dunedin.
Wellington, Nov. 29
Arrived - Engenie, ship, Captain Sievert, 112 days, from Hamburg.
Monday 5 December 1887
The Orient, Adelaide, Dec. 4
Arrived - Orient Company's Orient, from Plymouth (Nov. 4) Among the passengers is the Marquis of Normanby. The passengers booked through for New Zealand ports are - Mr and Mrs Wright, Misses Wright (2), Messrs Glenn and Tosswill.
Monday 12 December 1887
Wellington, Dec. 11
The Tainui sailed for London yesterday afternoon. She takes 25,000 carcasses mutton mutton, besides a cargo of wool, butter and tallow.
Passengers - Saloon: Birch Mr and Mrs 4 sons and maid Jessie Captain Holt Mr Alfred Second Saloon: McKay Mr James Oakley Mr O.J. Pilliott Mr Prathord Mr T.W. Rogers Mr Stevenson Miss Steerage: Grace Mr W Kesterton Mr J.R. McInnes Mr Torrens Mr James Webber Mr Carl Wotherspoon Mrs Jane
Tuesday 21 December 1887
Port Chalmers, Dec. 20
Arrival of the Doric, s.s, from Plymouth, via Teneriffe, Capetown and Hobart, after a passage of 42 days 11 hours and 22 minutes from Plymouth, including 22 hours stoppages at the ports of call. She brings 23 saloon, 20 second saloon and 71 steerage passengers for this colony, having landed 9 passengers at the ports of call.
Friday 23 December 1887
The steamer Timaru is in the Graving Dock at Lyttelton, receiving two new plates, and having sundry repairs effected to her machinery and rudder. This work has been ordered by Captain Ticehurst, Lloyd's Surveyor, and is necessary to enable the vessel to keep her class at Lloyd's. The plates are being put in by Messrs Scott Bros., while Messrs Piper and Williams are engaged in the engine-room.
The barque Conference, which it will be remembered capsized in the Lyttelton Graving Dock has been laid up at that port for 53 weeks or 371 days.
Tuesday 27 December 1887
Sailed - Dec. 24 - Norman McLeod, barque, 854 tons, Lovett, for London with 3715 bales wool, 100 casks tallow, 15 casks pelts.