The ARAWA departed London on 12 April, 1893 and arrived in Wellington on 3 June, 1893 via Plymouth, Teneriffe, Capetown and Hobart, with Captain John Stuart in command.
Transcribed from the Evening Post, 3 June, 1893.
The S.S. & A. Co.’s ss Arawa, from London via Capetown and Hobart, was signalled shortly after 8 this morning, and arrived in harbour at 9.15 am. After having been inspected by the Health Officer she was berthed at the Queen's Wharf. She left Plymouth at 5 pm on 19th April, arrived at Teneriffe at 1 pm on the 24th; left again at 9 pm same day, and arrived at Capetown at 9 pm on 9th May; landed 29 passengers and embarked 12, and sailed for Hobart, which was reached at noon on 28th; landed 29 passengers and discharged 30 tons cargo, and sailed for Wellington at 2 pm on the 29th, arriving as above. She made the Heads at 6 last evening, but owing to thick weather stood off until this morning. The voyage throughout was very fine, with the exception of the run from Hobart to Wellington, when strong northerly winds, with heavy seas and thick weather, were encountered. The usual amusements were held during the voyage. Her officers’ staff is unaltered since last trip. She brings 1600 tons cargo for New Zealand, 750 tons of which are for Wellington, and 103 passengers. The Arawa remains here until Wednesday next, when she leaves for Napier and Lyttelton. She will take in a quantity of wool, meat, &c., here.
The following is a list of her passengers:—
Rev and Mrs. Philip and 2 children
Fogerty and 5 children
Free and 8 children
Troughton and child
For other ports—
Rev. A. Pitman
R. and F. Gilfillan
Reid and 9 children
Donnan and child
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