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'Wanganui'

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Wanganui into Lyttelton with 40 passengers 
in Timaru Herald 3 July 1877 page 2 and in The Star 2 July page 2

Shipping Arrived Lyttelton
July 1 - Wanganui, ship, 1100 tons, from London. New Zealand Shipping Company, agents. 

The ship Wanganui bound for Canterbury, left London on the 20th March and anchored at Nore for the ni.... The passage from anchorage to anchorage was ninety-five days, and from land to land eighty five days. The cook named David Fraser, aged 28, who succumbed to pneumonia, died in the Channel, obliging the vessel to put into Portland in order to supply his place. A steerage passenger, named William Barton, also died on the 14th of April, and was buried the same night. Dr Hilliard, the medical officer, reports that the general health of the passengers was good.  Several concerts and other entertainments were given during the passage. The ship is on her first trip and is a fine sea boat. Captain Watt, late of the Celestial Queen, is in command, and the chief officer is Mr Henderson  The welcome aboard was a very hearty one, and every one seemed pleased with ship and her officers. The Wanganui is beautifully sparred, and like her sister ships, the Opawa and Piako, has a nice saloon and fine roomy main deck. Slight alterations in the saloon, chief among may be noticed a companion-way leading from the poop down to the cabin aft the situation of the captain's room aft on the starboard side, instead of at the break of the poop. The second and third cabin passengers were quartered in the 'tween decks aft, as usual, and were very comfortable. Some of the cabins, however, wee rather dark. Built by Stephens and Co., Glasgow for the New Zealand Shipping Company. The ship had quite a number of visitors during the afternoon, including Messrs Selwyn Smyth, Coster, Revans, Gould and other connected with the company. The figurehead of the Wanganui was carved to represent Mrs Coster, wife of the chairman of the New Zealand Shipping Company. 

The Wanganui under full sail.

The image below is off the wonderful NZ National Libraries website  'Papers Past' - a NZ National Library website. 

Saloon

Ayton 		Mr Charles J. 
Brady 		Miss
Bray 		Mr Reginald 
Glassford 	Mrs and three children
Hunt 		Mr F. W.
Hunt 		Mr W.
Mossman 	Mr F. W.
Robilliard 	Mr Thomas
Schmitz 	Mr C. A.
Steele 		Mr A.W.
Thorpe 		Archdeacon
Wood 		Mr Robert

Second Cabin

Adener 		Mrs 		[Adeney by The Star newspaper clipping, July 2 1877]
Browne 		Captain, wife and family
Black 		Mr James
King 		Mr 		[M.A. by The Star newspaper clipping, July 2 1877]
Meyer 		Mr George
Simmonds 	Mr Lewis

Intermediate

Best 		Ruth and child
Burrell 	Stephen
Heard 		Charlotte and child  [Head by The Star newspaper clipping, July 2 1877]
Rutland 	Fred. G.
Spekeman 	Charles
Strang 		David

Steerage

Bottleson 	O. M.
Daly 		Patrick
Hauptfleised 	Hermann 	[Hermann as a surname by The Star newspaper clipping, July 2 1877]
Hendry 		John
Ross 		Alexander
Shuttleworth 	Christopher
Tansen 		D. C.  		[Jansen by The Star newspaper clipping, July 2 1877]
Williams 	Phillip


 

The Wanganui, made thirteen voyages out to New Zealand then was sold to the Shaw Savill Company about 1889 and renamed the Blenheim but stayed in the New Zealand trade for another ten years for six complete voyage under he new name. She was then resold on her return to London to the Norwegians. 

Charles J. Ayton Diary 1899-1904
Maniototo Early Settlers' Association , Naseby, 1982. soft covers Limited edition - 250 copies. xiv, 130 + 2 pages of plates. Dimensions: Oblong: 28x21cm. A facsimile reproduction of the leaves from a handwritten manuscript diary with an introduction by John Childs. "The author of the diary was an Englishman of the middle class, of good education, who emigrated to New Zealand about 1880, and began gold-mining in the Serpentine area about 1881. From 1885 until 1910 he kept a record of his activities and expenditure - not completely consistent, but often remarkably detailed. When the gold ran out he turned to rabbiting, peat-cutting, fixing boundary fences and other jobs." - from blurb