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Captain Mangus Sutherland Meredith
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The late Captain Meredith was formerly chief officer to Captain Forbes of the famous Black- ball liner "Marco Polo," on which vessel he made many voyages. These were 'nautical giants' in those days in the Black Ball liners, and our old friend's position on board the renowned clipper was a guarantee of his efficiency. Timaru Herald

Timaru Herald Wednesday December 1887
The flags on all vessels in port, and also at the flagstaff were were hoisted half-mast yesterday, out of respect to the memory of the late Captain Meredith.

Timaru Herald
Tuesday 6 December 1887
Death: MEREDITH - On December 3rd.1887 Magnus Sutherland Meredith; aged 68. Timaru, N.Z. Capt. Meredith worked for the Timaru Harbour Board. He had a son. Buried: Timaru Cemetery

Funeral Notice: On Captain Meredith; W. Napier, undertaker. Will leave the Catholic Church, this day. Parents: William Meredith and Marjory Johnston Magnus Sutherland Meredith was born 6 Sept. 1819 in Upswell, Unst, Shetland, Scotland

Lloyds Captain Registers 1869 lists
Magnus Sutherland Meredith, b Shetland 1819
Certificate of competency, C10610 at Liverpool 1851
Ships listed:
Beta (7207) 1851-1857 NA; EI; US; WI.
Harriet (?26335 or 26535) 1858-62 SA, NA; Aust.
Eastern State (29510) 1862, NA.
Delta (24801), 1864 NA; WI.
King of Italy (9197) 1865, Aust.

Will his service record with his Cert. No. be at TNA Kew?
NA = America North
SA = Brazils, River Plate
US = United States
EI = East Indies
WI = West Indies
Aust = Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand

BETA - 1855
Master: Captain M. Sutherland
Rigging: Barque; sheathed in felt and zinc in 1854; partly fastened with iron bolts
Tonnage: 494 tons using old measurements and 544 tons using new measurements
Construction: 1853 on Prince Edward Island, using Spruce, Birch, Beech, Hackmatac & Hemlock
Owners: J. Wilson. Port of registry: Liverpool. Port of survey: Liverpool. Voyage: sailed for India

EASTERN STATE -The first steamer to run between Boston and Yarmouth.
She was purchased in Philadelphia in 1851, where she had been built for the Yarmouth Steam Navigation Company owned by well-known residents such as Thomas Killam, Thomas Allen, Stanley Brown, John Lovitt, W. H. Townsend and W. K. Dudman, as well as a number of others. Captain Bowman was her first master, and she made weekly trips beginning in June of 1855. In 1857 the EASTERN STATE was placed on the run from Boston to Halifax, making ten day trip and calling at Yarmouth each way. This lasted until 1861 when she was sold to the United States government. During this period she was skippered by George Killam, Benjamin Killam, Amos Crosby and Theodore Churchill, as well as her original master.

DELTA: 1,618 grt; 293 x 35; Thames Iron Works, Blackwall, 1859; built for the Marseilles-Alexandria services; 175 passengers; sold to the Japanese Government in 1874.

KING OF ITALY. 1363 tons. Captain Meredith. Left London June 4, 1865, and reached Auckland on September 6. One of the last ships with Albert Land settlers. The Augustus Wattenbach (1855) renamed the KING OF ITALY [1861] was a British ship was built under Lloyd's Register of Shipping Special Survey, at Bremerhaven, by R. C. Rickmers, in 1855, the third of three vessels commissioned by Wattenbach & Heilgers from Rickmer.

Daily Southern Cross, 29 September 1865, Page 5
During the past month but one immigrant ship has arrived in this port the 'King of Italy,' Captain Meredith, which .entered the harbour on the 6th instant. She brought an increase to our population of 204 souls. There were 70 or 80 cases of cholera diarrhoea on board, of which disease three children and one adult died during the voyage. An inquiry took place before the vessel was permitted to leave the quarantine anchorage. The particulars are fully given in our shipping column.

PRINCESS ALICE of Sydney, Magnus Sutherland Meredith, Master, Burthen 268 Tons from the Port of Timaru to Sydney, New South Wales, 27th May, 1872

ELDERSLIE, 3 masted schooner, of 203 tons built at Peterhead, Aberdeen in 1868 was wrecked on rocks at Timaru on May 8th 1875. Captain M.S. Meredith.

CRAIG ELLACHIE  of 226 tons built at Sunderland in 1862, went ashore Timaru on December 22nd 1877 after parting her cables in a gale. Captain Magnus S. Meredith.

North Otago Times, 3 July 1875, Page 2
Bluff, July 2.— Arrived— Craigellachie, brig, from Newcastle, NSW. She will leave for Oamaru, under the command of Captain Meredith, early to morrow morning.

Evening Post, 22 December 1877, Page 2
TIMARU. 22nd December.
The weather took a change for the worse during the night. Wind S.E., heavy seas and rain this morning. At six this morning the brig Craig Ellachie, owned by Messrs. Smith, parted both her anchors, and drifted ashore north of the Government landing service. The newly-formed Volunteer Rocket Brigade worked well, and got Captain and Mrs. Meredith ashore safely. Fears are entertained for the safety of the schooner Kate Magregor, which is dragging fast towards the beach. The three-masted schooner Annie Bow is riding out the gale well.