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Wanganui into Port Chalmers with 50 passengers 
Transcribed from the Otago Witness 4 January 1879 page 12  from the wonderful NZ National Libraries website  'Papers Past' - a NZ National Library website. 

Shipping Arrivals Dec, 30 1878
Clyde, barque, 562 tons, from Newcastle.
Wanganui, ship, 1077 tons, Watt, from London. New Zealand Shipping Co. agents. Passengers: 

Saloon -

Mr Baker
Dr Beard
Mr Dumauresq
Miss Forbes
Miss Hay
Mr Hodder
Mr Masefield
Mr and Mrs Poole and family (3)
Mr Ray
Miss Richardson

Second cabin -

Mrs Bennett
Mr Brown
Mr Knight
Mr J. Mackenzie
Mrs Muriel
Mr Nightingale
Messrs Robinson (2)
Miss Tackaberry
Mr Tackaberry

Steerage -

Miss Bailey
Mr Cookson
Mr and Mrs Cowan
Mr Dick
Mr and Mrs Dugald
Mr Edwards
Mr Hopson
Misses Longson (2)
Mr and Mrs G. Mackenzie and family (3)
Mr and Mrs McMillan
Mr Moggridge
Mr Parker
Mr Richardson
Mr Reilly
Mr Wagstaffe
Mr Williamson
Misses Wlite (2)

The Wanganui under full sail.

Voyage Account

The ship seen off Ocean Beach on the forenoon of December 30th proved to be the New Zealand Shipping Company's Wanganui, and on her reaching the Heads she was met by the smart little tug steamer Koputai, which ranged alongside, and taking her hawser brought her up to the Powder Ground at 8 p.m. She was boarded by the Customs officers, and "all well being on board," was cleared in. our old friend captain Watt, so well known to most Otagan's by his having brought the first shipment of salmon ova to this country in the ship Celestial Queen, is in command of the Wanganui. The Wanganui arrived in splendid order/ Captain watt brings with him Mr Henderson as chief officer, Mr Ferries as second and Mr Wilkinson as third. It is almost needless to describe the passenger accomodation of this ship, as they are in every respect similar to those of the Waipa, Otaki and Piako, and are evidently well looked after. She brings some 50 passengers, and carries a surgeon, Dr Beard, who is about to settle in New Zealand, and has 1950 tons of cargo, of which 900 tons are dead weight, and the remaining 1050 tons light goods; in addition to this she brings 20 tons of powder, and after transhipping this she comes up to the pier to discharge. Dr Beard reports the general health of the passengers to be good, only one case of sickness, which terminated fatally, occurring, and that within a couple of days after she left London - the suffer being Mr James Paton, aged 38 years, by trade a painter, and a resident of Christchurch.

Captain Watt kindly furnished our shipping reporter with the following report of the Wanganui's passage from London: She left Gravesend on October 1st, and experienced moderate southerly winds down the Channel until abreast of the Bill of Portland;... Reached latitude 24.30 N on October 20th, and thence took up the first of the N.E. Trades. They proved fickle, and were lost in latitude 11 N on October 27th.... Reached latitude 1.30 N on November 5th, then took the S.E. Trades crossing the Equator on the same day in longitude 27 30 W (thirty-six days out). On November sighted the island of Trinidad. Crossed the meridian of Greenwich November 25th, in latitude 42 36 S. (having passed Gough island two days previously), the Cape of Good Hope was rounded on November 28th in latitude 45 S... She sighted Price Edward Island on December 3rd. The meridian of Cape Leuwin was crossed on December 18th in latitude 52 21 S, longitude 116.32 E. Snared at 3 a.m. on the 29th. Passed Stewart Island at noon the same day. and breasted the Nuggets on the same night,' thence lay becalmed until 4 am. Taken up to the Heads and boarded by Pilot Kelly, and brought up to the anchorage. The best day's work being effected on the 27th December, when she mage 310 miles, as strong W.S.W. breeze prevailing. Her passage from port to port has occupied 89 days, and from land to land 84 days.


Timaru Herald, 26 March 1878, Page 3

The N.Z.S. Company's ship "Wanganui" sailed from Lyttelton for London on Saturday with the following passengers: — Saloon — Mr T. Hoel Pattison, Mrs Pattison, Miss Katherine Hope Pattison, Master Charles Hoel Pattison, Miss Charlotte, Luard Pattison, Master Walter M. Pattison, Mr Richard Malby Cotton, Master Malby Lewis Cotton, Miss Eveline Cotton, Miss Elizabeth Cotton, Hon. E. W. Stafford, Mrs Stafford. Master Edward Howard Stafford, Master Humphrey Stafford, Miss Mary M. Stafford, Miss Edith M. Stafford, Master Berkley Stafford, Dr Hockridge, Mr W. T. Mansfield, Misses Elizabeth Smith and Harriet Hickling.


Arrived Port Chalmers Dec. 31st. 1878
Wanganui, s.s., 179 tons, Fraser, from the Bluff. H. Houghton and Co. agents.

Passengers -

Mr Crowley
Mr Featherly
Mrs M. Grigor
Mr Grigor
Mrs Hunter
Mrs Moss
Mr Popplewell
Mr Wagorer
and 2 steerage


Timaru Herald, 3 July 1877, Page 2
ARRIVAL OF THE N.Z.S. CO.'S SHIP WANGANUI. (Press, Monday.)
The expected Wanganui was signalled yesterday morning, and the director of the company were down at an early hour. However, the ship did not get inside the heads till the afternoon, and it was past two before Dr Donald cleared her, and they proceeded board. Captain Watt, late of the Celestial Queen, well known here, is in command, and the chief officer is Mr Henderson. The Wanganui is beautifully sparred,  and like her sister ships, the Opawa and Piako, has a nice saloon and fine roomy main deck. The following is the captain's report : — "The ship Wanganui, bound for Canterbury, left London on the 20th March, and anchored at the Nore Lightship for the night ; following morning weighed anchor and proceeded. Weather was extremely calm with light breezes for the first two days, but on the 23rd and 24th strong head winds were experienced ; in the afternoon of the latter day put into Portland Harbor, and there remained until March 28th, when the voyage was again resumed, light westerly winds prevailing. On the evening of the 30th. sighted the Eddystone, The passage of the ship from anchorage to anchorage was ninety-five days, and from land to land eighty-nine days. The voyage was an uneventful but a pleasant one. The cook, a man named David Fraser, died in the Channel, obliging the vessel to put into Portland. A steerage passenger, named William Burton, also died on the 14th of April, and was buried the same night ; the cause of death was pericarditis. Dr Hilliard, the medical officer aboard, reports that the general health of the passengers was good. The ship, which is built on the lines of the Piako and Opawa, is on her first trip and is a fine set boat, light winds being the cause of her long voyage, which has been an exceptionally fine weather one. The fittings m the saloon are much the same as those on board the Piako. The poop ladder, however, is in the centre of the break of the poop, but there is a companion way aft. The captain's cabin is at the after end of the saloon, on the starboard side instead of being 'at the forward end as in the sister ships. Her condenser is good, and worked well during the passage, and she has a very handy steam winch. She carries 15 passengers in the saloon, which is very handsomely finished, 12 in the second class, and 13 m the steerage. The second class and steerage accommodation was do writhe after hatch, and was airy and commodious, though some of the berths were dark. The passengers generally seemed pleased with the treatment they had received aboard. Archdeacon Thorpe conducted Divine service during the trip. The Wanganui brings a large and valuable cargo, and will be berthed and discharge at the Gladstone Pier to-day. The following testimonial was presented to the Captain by the saloon passengers :.. The ship had quite a number of visitors during the afternoon, including, as before stated, Messrs Selwyn Smyth, Coster, Bevans, Gould, and others connected with the company 1 . Comments on the vessel were most favorable, and the New Zealand Shipping Company may be congratulated on this handsome addition to their fleet. The Wanganui brings the following passengers: —
Saloon — Mr A. W. Steele; Mr Charles J. Ayton, Archdeacon Thorpe, Miss Brady, Mr F. W. Hunt, Mr W. Hunt, Mr C. A. Schmitz, Mrs Glassford and three children, Mr F. W. Mossman, Mr Reginald Bray, Mr Robert Wood, and Mr Thomas Robilliard.
Second Cabin — Mr George Meyer, Captain Brown, wife and family, Mr James Black, Mr Louis Simmonds, Mr King, and Mrs Adener.
Intermediate— Charlotte .Heard and child, Stephen Burrell, Ruth Best and child, Fred. G. Rutland, Charles Spekeman, and David Strang.
Steerage— Christopher Shuttleworth, Hermann Hauptfleised, Alexander Ross, Patrick Daly, John Hendry, O. M. Bottleson, D. C. Tarisen, and Philip Williams.