Cpt. Edward WHEELER
- Born: 1830, Devonport, Devonshire, England
- Christened: 13 Jun 1830, Torpoint, Cornwall, England
- Marriage: Mary Ann SNOW on 11 May 1861 in Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
- Died: 10 Sep 1913, Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand at age 83
- Buried: 13 Sep 1913, Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand
PRESENTATION TO CAPTAIN WHEELER,
A number of gentlemen representing the mercantile and shipping interests of this port assembled at the Empire Hotel this morning to make a presentation to Captain Edward Wheeler, the popular commander of the N.Z.S.S. Co's steamer Taranaki^ on his retirement from the company's service. Many more who would have been present were prevented by the arrival, at that precise time, of the s. s. Wellington with the English mail. i Mr. R, J. Duncan, who was voted to | the chair, expressed the very great pleasure it gave him to 1 fill that post 'on 'such an occasion, having known Captain Wheeler ever since his first arrival in this colony in 1858 in command of the s.s. Lord Ashley. Captain Wheeler's career since then was known to them all. He had earned deservedly the reputation of being one of the ablest commanders, if not the ablest, on these coasts. Captain Vine Hall, when Captain Wheeler was in the service of the Panama Company, considered him one of their best men, and put him in command of one of the company's finest steamers. Although hiß social qualities both ashore and on board were known to and appreciated by all, yet everyone who travelled in the Taranaki knew that he was always at his post at sea, and thoroughly efficient whatever happened. Probably there was no commander on these coasts in whom the travelling public placed such confidence as in Captain Wheeler, and equally had he the confidence of his employers, whom he was leaving only to take a post of even higher trust. He (Mr. Duncan) had been requested to present Captain Wheeler with the following address and a purse of sovereigns, both of which very inadequately represented the feelings with which they were offered. The address was as follows :\emdash : \emdash To Capt. 'Ed. Wheeler, s.s. Taranaki. " Dear Sir \emdash Having learnt with regret of your retirement from the service of the N.iZ.S.S. Co., and intended absence from the colony, we feel that some acknowledgementis due to you forthe courtesy whichhas always been experienced by the travelling public on board any veßsel under your command. Your excellent qualities as a seaman and gentleman are so fully appreciated that we need not dwell upon them, but will ask your acceptance of the accomnying mark of the respect in which you are held. " Trusting soon to welcome you back to the colony in command of another vessel, ' " We are, yours truly," [Here follow the signatures.] The purse contained 80 sovereigns, and as, owing to the hurried nature of the affaii-, a number of promised subscriptions were not in, probably the whole will amount to at least,* 100. The CftkntMAN :then proposed Captain Wheeler's health and prosperity, which was drunk with enthusiasm. Captain Wheeler briefly acknowledged the compliments in feeling and appropriate terms, and then proposed the health of Bis successor, Captain Lloyd, : wlu'ch was similarly honored. Captain Lloyd returned his acknowledgments, and proposed the health of his successor, Captain Griffiths, which was no less cordially received, and was duly responded to. Captain Wheeler then proposed the health of the Directors of the N.Z.S.S. Company, and success to the company, remarking that he had left them simply to better himselfi; and not from any difference or ill-feeling between them. The toast was cordially received, and was responded to by Captain Lloyd, after which the company separated.
CAPTAIN WHEELER. Captain Edward Wheeler, who was for a great many years a popular commander of steamers trading in New Zealand, died at his residence in Tinakori-road yesterday afternoon. The deceased, who was eighty-three years of age, had been associated with the New Zealand mercantile marine for over half a, century, and was one of the best known shipmasters in the Dominion. After receiving an education in the Old Country he went to sea in 1844 as an apprentice on one of Messrs. %. and W. Smith's ships, and rose to be second officer in that London firm's service. Afterwards he traded to the Far East on vessels of which he was successively second officer and chief officer. Fifty-five years ago (1858) he became chief officer of the steamer Lord Ashley, which had been chartered by the New Zealand Government to run mails on the coast of the Dominion. She belonged to Messrs. Pearson and Coleman, of Hull, and a year after her arrival in these waters he was placed in command of her. The same firm, whose business was afterwards merged into the Intercolonial Royal Mail Company (which in turn became known as the Panama, New Zealand, and Australian Royal Mail Company), also owned the steamer Prince Alfred, and he was captain of that vessel for some yeare. He also commanded other vessels of the same line, remaining with the company until it sold out. Captain Wheeler then joined the New Zealand Steamship Company, and for years commanded the Phcabe and Lord Ashley. He was i sent Home by the Union Steam Ship Company and brought to New Zealand the s.s. Hawea, the first of its large fleet of steamers, and he was in the company's service for nineteen years. The Hawea was wrecked on the Taranaki coast. During eleven years he was in charge of the old Wakatipu in the Sydney-New Zealand trade. It is worthy of note that during his long connection with the shipping in these waters none of his vessels met with an accident. After leaving the Union Company he acted as coastal pilot. Captain Wheeler had been in frail health for a considerable time past, and his death was not unexpected. He has left , two sons and three daughters.
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• Occupation: Captain.
Edward married Mary Ann SNOW, daughter of William SNOW and Mary HEWISH, on 11 May 1861 in Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand. (Mary Ann SNOW was born on 31 Dec 1838 in Westminster, London, Middlesex, England, died on 15 Jan 1902 in Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand and was buried in Jan 1902 in Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand.)
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