The GOTHIC departed London on 29 October, 1897 and arrived in Wellington on 13 December, 1897, via Plymouth, Teneriffe, Capetown and Hobart, with Captain William H Kidley in command.
Transcribed from the Evening Post, Monday, 13 December, 1897, Page 4.
GOTHIC, FROM LONDON.
At 5.45 this morning the favourite White Star liner Gothic, Captain Kidley, from London via Plymouth, Teneriffe, Capetown, and Hobart, dropped anchor in the stream. The examination of the Health Officer (Dr. James) was satisfactory, and the big vessel was snugly berthed at No 1, Queen's Wharf, by Captain Johnston, Harbour Pilot. From Mr. Inman, purser, to whom we are indebted for late files we learn that the vessel left Plymouth at 4.20 pm on the 30th October. Had moderate SE to NW winds to anchorage off Santa Cruz at 7.58am on 4th November. A supply of coal was taken on board, and the steamer resumed her voyage at 6.40 pm same day. Encountered SE trades in 5deg north, and from thence to Capetown strong SE winds, with high sea at times. Arrived in Table Bay 3.35 pm 19th, landed 108 passengers and embarked 83, and proceeded on her voyage to Hobart at 10.50 am on 20th. Carried SW winds to 40deg east longitude, thence to arrival at Hobart, at 4 pm on 8th December, light north to NNW winds and fine weather. Discharged cargo and landed passengers, and proceeded on voyage at 4.17 am on 9th, and met with SW to ENE winds and calm, fine weather until arrival in harbour as above. The usual entertainments, sports, &c, were much enjoyed, also golf, which was tried for the first time, and found most successful and interesting. The voyage throughout was a most phenomenally smooth one, with hardly a day's bad weather, which was most fortunate, as the ship had a greater complement of passengers than on any previous voyage.
The following is her passenger list:-
Crawford and son
Sir K. Cumming
de Peele (2)
Saloon for other ports—
Revs Hudson, Buss, Kewley
Drs Nathan, Boor
Steerage for other ports, 129.
The officers are the same as when the steamer last visited Wellington. There are5000 tons cargo on board, of which 3160 tons will be discharged at Wellington. According to present arrangements she will leave on Thursday for Lyttelton, sailing thence to Napier and Wellington, and finally leaving this port for London on the 6th January.
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