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New Zealand Herald November 27th 1883

At about half-past five o’clock yesterday morning the steamship Triumph, under charter to Messrs. Shaw, Savill, and Albion Company, was signalled, and an hour later she came round the heads, and steamed slowly up the harbour, under the charge of Captain Sainty, the pilot. At the time of her arrival, it being broad daylight, one could obtain a fair view of the vessel, and to all appearance she struck one as being very much after the style of the Westmeath, which recently visited this port under charter to the same firm. Her full, heavy hull gave one the impression of her being a vessel built with the main object in view of a large cargo carrier, and upon stepping upon deck this idea was confirmed, as it was evident that the matter of cargo carrying had been the great consideration, whilst that of passenger carrying was of secondary or
no importance. Her saloon, built on deck amidships (for 5 or 6 people) may be said to be a fairly comfortable apartment, and with that, one finishes all that can be said of the accommodation of the ship (excluding that provided for the officers and crew). as a vessel for cargo carrying purposes, the Triumph is no doubt a most handy vessel. She has large and commodious lower hold and ‘tween deck space, and is also provided with all the best appliances for the rapid discharge and taking in of cargo. Unlike the Westmeath, the Triumph is fitted with a refrigerator of the most approved description, and it is expected she will have a large cargo of meat from southern ports. In size the Triumph is not much above the largest of these owned by the Union Company, and certainly for comfort, speed, &c., cannot in any way be compared to them. However, the steamer has come into port in a most cleanly condition, a fact that reflects most highly upon those in authority on board, and the immigrants themselves,
who appear to be of a most suitable class. The passage from London (a somewhat long one) has been what may be termed a fair weather one. It was commenced from London on September 23rd, Plymouth being left three day later, strong westerly winds prevailing. Cape St. Vincent was made on the 5th of October, and two days were spent in taking in coal. Fine weather prevailed from this port until crossing the Equator, on the 12th October. The Cape of Good Hope was reached on the 24th October, where she coaled and left again on the following day, all the passengers by this time being in good health and spirits. With the exception of one blow, nothing of note occurred to mar the pleasures of the run to Hobart, which had to be called at, the supply of coal again being found to be running short. The port named was reached on the 17th inst., and the process of coaling the ship at once proceeded with. Notwithstanding the precautions taken, a number of discontented seamen (some 13) managed to smuggle themselves ashore, and Captain Bretherton was forced to ship other men in the place of those who deserted. It was not until the second day (the 19th) that the triumph was able to proceed on her voyage, but favoured by fine weather, good progress was made, port being reached as we have already said at 6.30 a.m. yesterday.

New Zealand Herald November 27th 1883

The anxiously looked for steamship, the Triumph, came into port shortly after six o’clock yesterday morning, and without delay steps were taken to have the vessel safely berthed at the Queen-street Wharf, and the process of providing means for the prompt discharge of the cargo was attended to by Captain nearing and his men, who are employed by the agents of the vessel, Messrs, L.D. Nathan and Co. All the passengers have come into harbour in excellent health, having enjoyed such during the passage. Unfortunately, four infants died during the passage. One birth occurred. Dr. Menzies, who came out in charge of the passengers, speaks most highly of them, and they also testify to the attention shown to them by the medical officer and those in authority on board. Everything possible for the comfort of the passengers, considering the limited space at the disposal of the authorities was done, and throughout the trip the passengers remark that they were all well cared for and attended to. Shortly
after the vessel had rounded the North Head, Dr. Philson (the Health Officer), accompanied by Mr. O. Mays (the Immigration Agent), and Mr. Brophy (Assistant
Immigration Officer), boarded the vessel, and the inevitable march past was gone through, and, fortunately for all concerned, the examination was announced to be satisfactory, so that the acceptable bit of paper, “clean bill”, was handed to the master by Dr. Philson. After the vessel had been made fast to the wharf, Mr.O.Mays took steps to arrange for the disposal of those now temporarily under his charge, and the manner in which the immigrants were landed and sent away to their destination was most creditable to the new officer. The single girls were sent to the Home, and the married couples and single men were sent on to the present immigration building, where they will be housed until situations are obtained for them. Every possible step will be taken to secure for the Triumph rapid discharge at this port, so that the vessel may get on again on her way for Southern ports. It is expected the vessel will be ready for sea on Thursday next. From here she goes on to Wellington, Lyttelton, etc., where she will take in the principal part of her cargo, of which frozen meat will be no mean part. Captain Nearing has the work of discharging the ship entrusted in his hands, and there is little doubt but that the utmost will be done by him to obtain for the vessel a prompt departure hence.”

Hawkes Bay Herald December 3rd 1883

December 1st - Manapouri SS from Sydney via Auckland and Poverty Bay. Passengers - Misses Bryer, McEnnery, and Brown; Mesdames Bryer......etc.... etc...... and 50 in the steerage, including immigrants ex Triumph.

The Union Steamship Company's SS Manapouri, Captain Thos. Logan, arrived in the roadstead from Sydney via Auckland and Poverty Bay at an early hour on Saturday morning. The Boojum went off for the inward passengers and mails shortly after 6am, which she brought to the breastwork about 7:30am. The cargo, which consisted of some 80 tons, was transhipped to the ketch Admiral. The following is a report of the Manapouri's passage: - Sailed from Sydney at 6:30pm on the 23rd inst., and passed the Three Kings at 1pm on the 27th. Light easterly winds and fine weather prevailed during the run across. Sailed from Auckland at 4:30pm on the 29th, and arrived at Gisborne at 4:30pm on the 30th; sailed at 9pm and arrived at Napier as above. The outward passengers were taken off at 2pm., the Manapouri steaming on her course for Melbourne via Wellington and Southern ports shortly before 3 o'clock.

Evening Post December 1st thru 14th 1883
Otago Witness December 8th 1883

The following is a brief paraphrase of the content of the above newspapers. This will be expanded as time premits:-

Having discharged her cargo and passengers at Auckland (including those on-bound for the East Coast and Napier), the Triumph continued on her southern voyage bound for Wellington and Lyttelton where a cargo of frozen lamb awaited her. Quite inextricably, she steamed straight towards the island and lighthouse of Tiritirimatangi in the Hauraki Gulf. Neither the light of the lighthouse nor the efforts of the two lighthouse keepers on duty that night could make her divert from her doomed course. She became stuck fast and all efforts over the next few days to shift her, including the use of compressed air and three steamers pulling in unison (SS Waitaki, SS Glenelg and SS Iona) met with absolutely no success. Eventually she broached to and was left stranded on her beam ends, completely vulnerable to tide, wind and waves. The hulk was sold and broken up for scrap and salvageable parts such as her refrigeration unit.

Evening Post December 1st 1883
"Captain Brotherton seems completely dazed with his misfortune. He is reported to have said that after discharging the pilot of Rangitoto Reef he stood down towards Tititiri Lighthouse to get a good offing, and then lay his course for Cape Colville. He was some five miles out of the usual course. The vessel is lying within some three hundred yards of the lighthouse. At low water people can walk from the Triumph on to the reef, and go ashore."

It is an interesting indictment on the vessel and her recent run to New Zealand with immigrants that during the salvage attempt the following damning judgement on her future immigrant capacity was printed in the Evening Post December 1st 1883
"The Government have received a report from Mr H J H Eliott, Under-Secretary for Immigration, upon the SS Triumph. It was written before her mishap. Mr Eliott expresses dissatisfaction with the ship and her arrangements, and pronounces her unsuitable for the conveyance of immigrants."