ARRIVAL OF THE TURAKINA
Evening Post January 18th 1913
A PLEASANT VOYAGE
After a very pleasant voyage, taken all in all, the New Zealand Shipping Company's RMS Turakina arrived in Wellington last night from London, via the usual ports. She anchored in the stream over night, and after medical inspection this morning, berthed at No 1 south, Queen's Wharf. The Turakina was favoured with fair weather on the voyage. London was left on the 28th November, and Plymouth two days later. Fine weather was experienced on the run to Teneriffe, which port was reached on the 5th December. The voyage was continued again next morning, after coaling ship and embarking passengers and mails. Light trade winds, with fair weather, were met to the equator, which was crossed on the 12th December, and until about a week before arrival at Capetown. Strong easterly trades then caused a high and dangerous head sea, and it was necessary to reduce the speed to about seven knots. Arrival was made at Capetown on the 22nd December, and departure taken at 10pm the same day. Fine and favourable weather was experienced in crossing the Southern Ocean, and no ice was met with. The Turakina arrived at Hobart last Sunday, and left for Wellington on the final stage of her long journey at 6am on Monday. Moderate northerly winds, with fine weather, prevailed in the Tasman, and Wellington was reached as above stated. The passengers indulged in numerous amusements on the way out.
Captain V C White-Parsons is in command of the Turakina, and his officers are as follows: - Chief, Mr P P Crawford; second, Mr P J Ballard; third, Mr E C Skelly-Upton; chief engineer, Mr G Thomson; second, Mr P T Woodall; third Mr D Corbett; fourth, Mr A K Wilson; fifth, Mr P Putman; sixth, Mr J Hay; ship's surgeon Dr W F Buist; steward-in-charge, Mr G W Fraser; first refrigerating engineer, Mr F W Wales; second, Mr J H Balloch; electrician, Mr A P Ridge; wireless operator, Mr C A Weller.
The Turakina brought a total of 365 passengers. She has a fairly large general cargo for Wellington and Lyttelton.