Shipping News for Port Chalmers & Dunedin
weekly during 1886
During 1886 the Otago Witness, a weekly newspaper, was published on Saturday's until April 24 then the publishing day became Friday. Index (opens in new window)
The Coptic, ss, 4367 tons, of Shaw Savill & Albion made regular calls at Australian and NZ ports from 1884. She had one funnel and was rigged as a four-masted barque. The image, lower, maybe in a NZ port ?Dunedin, is of better quality than the same cropped photo that appears in 'Log of Logs' Vol 3.
Otago Witness Shipping News 24 April 1886 page 15
Arrivals April 16 -
Penguin, s.s., 463 tons, Allman, from the North. J. Mills, agent.
Passengers: Mrs Angell, Mr Simkin; and two steerage
Go-Ahead, s.s. 132 tons, Plumley, from the North. K. Ramsay, agent
Coptic, s.s., 4367 tons, W.H. Kidley, from Plymouth (February 27), via Teneriffe, the Cape of Good Hope, and Hobart. B and N Z M and A Co., agents.
Saloon- Broughton Miss Carter Mr S Dent Miss Macandrew Dr H Ogston Dr Second Saloon- Skene Mr W Third class - Alldred Mr J and family (3) Arthur Mr Copland Mr Cunningham Mr Fleming Mr Forsyth Mr Franklin Mr Hunt Mr Jackson Mr Potts Mr Readman Mr Scott Mr Wilson Mr
Saloon- Verrall Mr A E Second saloon- Feutz Mr and Mrs Guilbert Miss Joynt Mr Towsey Miss Tozer Mr Tozer Mrs Tozer Miss
Saloon- Armstrong Mr G C T Second saloon- Mantlan Mr and Mrs and family (5)Third class- Brown Mr W and family (4) Humphrey Miss Gronland Miss
Saloon- Burnett Mr H C
Saloon- Brodie Mrs and Miss Second saloon- Lawrell Mr D H Steerage- Scoble Mrs Lashbroom Mr and Mrs
Second Saloon- Cowx Mr H P
Saloon- Nathan Mr and Mrs Second saloon- Barber Mr and Mrs and two children Bradfield Mr Third class- Allpress Mr Benning Mr Blanchard Mr Brereton Mr Densen Mr Gilbert Mr Hall Mr (2) Jeffrey Mr Livermore Mr Rea Mr Saunders Mr Smith Mr G Smith Mr S Shrimpton Mr Stewart Mr and Mrs and child Waterhouse Mr[also see The Star Monday March 29 1886 for another passenger listing for the same voyage] The s.s. Coptic was due in the Colony on April 11. The following passengers were booked in the UK up to Feb. 12
Smith Mr and Mrs and family Delassand Mr and Mrs
Horner Mr F Weild Mr J
Goldsworthy Mr A Seaton Mr J
April 17 - Wanaka, s.s., 297 tons, McColl, from the North Omapere, s.s., 352 tons, Smith, from the North. Passengers: Messrs Scrutton and Fielder; and 1 steerage Vallejo, barque, 662 tons, Captain Harding, from Liverpool, via Wellington. Neill and Co (Ltd), agents April 21 - Wanaka, s.s., 297 tons, Johnson, from Nelson via intermediate ports. Passengers:
Adams Mr Carroll Miss Crompton Mr Green Miss Knott Miss Norman Miss Rattray Miss Saw Toi Mr Thomson Mr Watson Mr Wilson Mrs and 1 steerage4
Rotomahama, s.s., 845 tons, Carey, from Auckland, via the East Coast ports. Passengers:
Bohlini Mr ?Courie Mr Dalrymple Mr Ellwell Mr and Mrs Glendinning Miss and Master Glover Mr Hale Mr Hall Mr Hyams Mr Schatz Mr Smaill Mr Wallace Mr West Mr Woodgate Mr and 10 steerage
Waihora, s.s., 1269 tons, Popham, from Melbourne, via the Bluff. Passengers:
Blakely Miss (2) Blakley Mr Coombe Mr Dickie Miss Ford Miss Murray Rev Father Rae Mr Thomas Mr Waugh Mr and Mrs Webster Mrs and 12 steerage
Departures April 16 Te Anau s.s., 1028 tons, McIntosh, for Melbourne, via the Bluff. Passengers:
Evans Mr Fordyce Miss Hudson Mr Johnston Mr Neill Mr and Mrs and child McFir Mrs Mulier Mr Scott Mr Todd Mr Wallace Mr and 15 steerage
Mahiuapua, s.s., 205 tons, Holmes, for the North Beautiful Star, s.s. 146 tons, White, for Oamaru April 17 - Coptic, Kidley, for London, via Wellington and Napier. April 19 - Taupo, s.s. 411 tons, McColl, for Auckland, via Oamaru and the East Coast ports.
Penguin, s.s., 462 tons, Allman, for the Northern ports. Passengers:
Carrington Miss Howarth Mrs Mise Mrs Nairn Mrs Floyd Mr Flyger Mr Schemellitscheck Mr
Omapere, s.s., 352 tons, Smith, for the West Coast, via Oamaru April 21 Waihora, s.s., 1269 tons, Popham, for Auckland, via East Coast ports. Passengers:
Bain Mrs Blair Mr and Mrs Collins Dr Credgington Mr Dunk Mrs Fraser Mr J Goodridge Miss Gibbs Mr and Mrs R J Gouring Mr Hogg Mrs Howarth Miss Murray Mr Ross Mrs Skardon Mr Walton Mr Withers Mr 3 steerage
Auckland inward passenger arrivals 1840-1886 from newspaper. Often those in steerage were also not included in the newspaper reports. To obtain a full listing just entered the name of the ship and the year.
Auckland, April 21 Arrived Wairarapa from Sydney Passengers-
Beachon Mr Brett Mr Bryron Lord Capper Miss Didleston Mr Fenton Mr Hall Miss Houston Mr Granger Mrs and three children Grantley Mr Grattan Riggs' Dramatic Company Gray Miss Inmar Mr and Mrs Joyce Mr and Mrs Koyle Captain Lalor Mrs Legge Mr K McMahon Mr Moners Mr Morris Mr Poulton Mr Russell Mr and Mrs Seagrove Mr Sandie Mr Spragg Mr Wallcott Mr Weasman Mr Weston Mr and Mrs and family Withers Mrs Wood Mr Arawata, from Fiji Passengers -Baker Rev Mr Brooks Mr Cropp Mr Glenn Mr Gray Mr Green Mr Heerder Mr Harrison Mr Hunter Mrs and child Lahunter Mrs Lewis Mrs Moss Mr (M.H.R.) Rennie Mr Seed Mr 9 steerage
Aug. 5 1884.
The Coptic, the first of the steamers to be permanently engaged in the New Zealand service by the Shaw Savill and Albion Company, Limited. The Coptic is owned by the White Star Company, and was built for them by Messrs Harland and Wolf, of Belfast, on the same line as the Ionic and the Doric, which were also turned out by that firm. The Coptic, there fore resembles these vessels in almost every particular except that of size. She is the smallest of the three by about 400 tons. She was built in 1881 for the trade between San Francisco and Hong Kong and made the trip across the North Pacific several times, and on her withdrawal from the trade, made several voyages in the White Star's Atlantic Line. The Coptic is 2857 tons nett register, gross 4448 tons. She is built of steel with a straight stem and elliptical stern, and is rigged with four masts, on three of which she carries square canvas. Her engines were constructed by Messrs J. Jack and Co., of Liverpool, with a nominal working power of 500 horses. They are of the usual modern type, and on a consumption of coal of 46 tons per diem can drive the vessel about 13 knots an hour. The Coptic is fitted with three Messrs Bell and Coleman and Co.'s refrigerators, and her ice chambers are capable of carrying about 30,000 carcases. Captain W.H. Kidley is in command.
The names of the other officers are: First J. Lawson Second C H. Kempon Third W.H. Patterson Fourth W. Cuming Purser W.J. Rae Surgeon Arthur C. Cottew Chief Engineer James Greig The crew number 107 all told.
Her principal dimensions are:- length 430ft beam 42ft depth of hold 31ft