ARRIVAL OF THE ORARI
Evening Post November 24th 1883
The New Zealand Shipping Company's ship Orari, 1011 tons, Captain Keen, from London, was brought in by Pilot Holmes at 5 o'clock this morning. She left London on 28th July, and did not cross the Equator until the 45th day out, aving experienced nothing but light airs and calms; thence to Tristan d'Acunha had fairly good weather; but was followed by easterly gnloa to the meridian of Leuwin; thence to making New Zealand N N E winds. She was detained four days in the Strait; made Wellington Heads last night, when Pilot Holmes boarded and brought her in as above. She brings 9 passengers, and no sickness or accident of any kind occurred on the way out. The Orari comes into port in first-class order, and will be berthed at the wharf on Monday.
ENTERTAINMENTS ON THE ORARI
Evening Post December 3rd 1883
A very pretty and unexpected sight was seen by a few on Saturday evening. Captain Keen, of the Orari, kindly invited the little ladies of the Maypole party (Olde Englyshe Fayre), with their Beadle, to tea on board his fine ship. They walked from the Drillshed to the ship in procession, headed by the Beadle (Mr. Johnson), and in their quaint old English costumes they attracted the attention of those who happened to be on Customhouse Quay and Queen's Wharf. Captain Keene entertained his little guests with true old English jollity, and the party returned via Grey and Featherston streets. The captain has invited the little gentlemen of the party to tea this evening. They will leave the Drillshed at 6.15, proceed to the Orari by the same route, and return at 7 via Lambton Quay to the Drillshed.
ESCAPE FROM THE ORARI
Evening Post December 3rd 1883
Two apprentices belonging to the ships Orari and Pleiono have deserted from those vessels, and are supposed to have gone into the country. The police have been apprised of the matter, and efforts will be made to apprehend the runaways.
TAKING PART IN LOCAL ENTERTAINMENTS
Evening Post December 1883 through January 1884
Evening Post December 3rd 1883 - Ye Old English Fayre:- Captain Keen, of the Orari kindly supplied unlimited flags, and worked hard in getting them into position.
Evening Post December 5th 1883 - Ye Old English Fayre:- The maypole dance, &c, was executed as admirably as ever. In accordance with the invitation of Miss Jervois, who was present at the afternoon performance, the juvenile perfomers went to tea at Government House, to their immense delight. They were most kindly entertained, and, at the desire of Lady Jervois, danced [for] Sir Roger de Coverley on the croquet lawn, subsequently returning to the Fayre for the evening proceedings. They go on board the Orari to tea again this afternoon by Captain Keens hospitable invitation.
Evening Post January 17th 1884 - The Regatta:- A well-attended meeting of the committee of the Regatta Club was held at the Pier Hotel yesterday evening - Mr. W. H. Quick presiding. Amongst those present were Captains Keen and Carden, of the ships Orari and Margaret Galbraith, both of whom took a lively interest in the proceedings.
Evening Post January 23rd 1884 - The Regatta:- The go-as-you-please, for ships' boats, was the longest and consequently the hardest race of the day. There were six entries, but only three boats turned up. These were Mr. E. C. Cook's "Forty-four Years Ago," Capt. Keene's Orari, and Capt. Carden's Margaret Galbraith. A good start was effected, and the boats kept olose to eaoh other for some time. The "old identity," however, eventually assumed the lead and won easily, the Margaret Galbraith' s boat being second, and the Orari's third.