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The Evening Post January 2nd 1888

The NZS Co's RMS Tongariro arrived in harbour at 5.10pm pn Saturday from London, via Plymouth, Madeira, Capetown, and Hobart. She left with 251 passengers of all classes (45 of whom were landed at Hobart), 307 bags of mails, and 2000 tons of cargo, 650 tons being for Wellington, 950 for Lyttelton, 200 for Port Chalmers, and 200 for Auckland. The passage out has been a remarkably pleasant one, amusements in the shape of concerts, dances, athletic sports, and a fancy dress ball have been got up, and passed off satisfactorily, and the passengers speak highly of the attention paid them by Captain Bone and his officers. The Tongariro left Plymouth at 1.30pm on 19th November, and arrived at Madeira at 1pm on 23rd; left again at 6.30pm, and arrived at Capetown at 2.10pm on 9th December; proceeded at 7pm same day, and reached Hobart at 9.30am on 27th' left at 4.45pm same day for Wellington and arrived as above. Total time from Plymouth, 40d 19h 24m; average speed, 18.16 knots. The officers associated with Captain Bone remain the same as last voyage, with the exception of Dr Sheriff, who succeeds Dr Harris as surgeon.