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Arrival of the SS Ionic
Evening Post March 13th 1884

The New Zealand Shipping Company's chartered steamship Ionic, 4753 tons gross, 3070 net, 500 h.p. nominal, 3000 effective, arrived here this morning on her third voyage from England, making a fast passage of 43 days 5 hours steaming time. She has had a different commander on each of her trips. Captain Hallett, R.N., brought her out first; Captain Parsell had her last time, and now she comes in charge of captain J.G. Cameron, who was first officer in her last trip. She left London on 24th January and Plymouth on the 28th, having encountered a severe storm in the passage down Channel. Called at Teneriffe on 3rd February, and had moderate head winds to the Cape, which was passed on the 20th; thence fresh N W breeze, with swell from the same direction, and cloudy weather. Her best days run was 338 miles, or at the rate of 14 knots an hour. She brings 371 passengers, viz., 20 saloon, 39 second cabin, 74 third cabin and 288 steerage. Of these, 163 are for Wellington, and 200 for Lyttelton. Her crew number 117 hands all told. The health on board during the passage has been exceptionally good. No deaths occurred. One birth is recorded. The Ionic has 2147 tons of cargo of which 1147 tons is for Wellington, and 1000 tons for Lyttelton. She brings five bags of English mails. The Ionic was berthed at the Queen's Wharf this afternoon. The passengers appear well satisfied with their treatment, and we have heard of no complaints.