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The WANGANUI departed London on 22 July, 1881 and arrived in Lyttelton on 4 November, 1881, with Captain W Watt in command.



Transcribed from the Star, 4 November 1881, Page 2



The New Zealand Shipping Company's ship Wanganui, Captain W. Watt, arrived from London to-day, having anchored at 2.45 a.m. The Wanganui brings fifty passengers all told, all of whom have enjoyed good health during the passage. The passage has been a protracted one of 102 days, attributable to light weather being experienced while running down the easting, and indeed during the greater part of the passage. The ship arrived in splendid order, and all on hoard appear to have been very comfortable on the passage. One death occurred — that of an infant, Annie Taylor, three months old, on August 6. The little thing, it seems, was ailing when the ship left. Amongst the passenger are Dr Coward and his family, and Constable Brooks and W. W. Charters.




Transcribed from the Star, 4 November 1881, Page 2



The New Zealand Shipping Company's ship Wanganui arrived from London yesterday morning, anchoring at 2.45.

The Wanganui is still under the command of our old acquaintance Capt. Watt, whose many friends will be glad to welcome him back, and there are 50 passengers, who have all enjoyed excellent health during the passage. Captain Watt and his officers did all in their power to make matters pleasant, and their kindness and attention has been most thoroughly appreciated, the passengers speaking in terms of high praise of the care and attention shown them. The passage has been a somewhat protracted one, owing to the very light weather experienced while running down the easting, and indeed almost throughout the passage. With the exception of the death of an infant, Annie Taylor, three months old, on August 6, no casualty of any kind took place. The child, it appears, was ailing when the vessel left. The officers with Captain Watt are Mr. W. Codd, chief, who was last here as chief of the Hydaspes, and who is well and favourably known. His many friends will be glad to hear of his appointment. Mr. W. Jamison, second, and Mr. Hempton third. The ship came into port in perfect order everywhere, doing great credit to her officers. The usual board-ship amusements were carried out during the passage, and helped much to make the time pass pleasantly. A newspaper, The Wanganui Herald, was also instituted, and caused a good deal of amusement and enjoyment.

The following is the report of the passage kindly furnished by Mr. Codd:- Left London Docks on July 22, and towed to Gravesend, where fireworks, &c, were taken aboard. Left Gravesend at 4.30 p.m., July 23, and towed to sea, casting off from the tug on July 24, off Beachy Head, the wind fresh from the south-west, with fog. Passed the Start on July 27, from which point final departure was taken. Experienced light baffling winds from north-west to south-west, with very fine mild weather and smooth sea, until August 8, when the north-east trades were picked up in 39΄27 north, 19΄40 west. They were light and variable, and gave out on August 20, in 11΄53 north, 27΄29 west. Light airs from the eastward and calms succeeded up to August 24, when a sou-west monsoon, brisk and squally, and veering to the southward, was encountered for two days. After that fine pleasant weather, with moderate winds, was experienced up to crossing the Equator, on August 31, forty days out from London, in 23΄09 west. The same evening the south-east trades were taken, which held good until Sept 5, when the Island of Trinidad was passed. Light and variable winds were then experienced to passing Tristan d'Acunha, on Sept. 16. On Sept. 21 the meridian of Greenwich was crossed in 38΄28 south, 64 days out. The easting was run down as far as 107 in 43 south, light winds and moderately fine weather having prevailed; thence the ship edged away south to 46, the weather still continuing fine with the winds light. The meridian of the Leeuwin was crossed on Oct. 20, and that of Tasmania six days later — the wind very light and variable, alternated with calms. The Snares were passed on Nov. 1, 97 days from land to land, in wet weather and strong south-west winds, and the Nuggets next day. Thence light contrary winds and calms were met with up to noon on Thursday, when a fresh breeze came away from the south-west the vessel then being 51 miles from Akaroa heads. Arrived off the heads at 1 a.m. yesterday, when the pilot boarded the ship, and the steam tug Lyttelton took her in tow, bring her up to an anchorage at 2.45 a.m.

The Wanganui entered at the Customs yesterday, and comes alongside the pier to-day.


Transcribed from the Press, 5 November 1881, Page 2


Wanganui, ship, 1136 tons. Watt, from London.



Dr. Coward, Miss Gertrude Coward, Miss Amelia Coward, Miss Ellen Coward, Miss Mary Coward

Mr James H. Hawkins

Mr M. H. Rohde

Mr W. Bing


Second cabin:

C. W. Brooks

William Charters



Sampson, Sarah, James, Florence and Annie Gould

Samuel and Esther Hanson

William and Harriett Haigh

Anne E., Emma, Ellen and William H. Haigh

Clara M. Farnhill

Fred. Taylor

Sarah Taylor

Emily, Olive, Edward, Eliza, Annie. Samuel, Mary, Harry, Emma, Clara and Ethel Taylor

Mary and Walter McIntosh

Matthew Moody,

James Walsh

Samuel and Rebecca Goodwin

Ada B., James, Walter W., Charles and Florence Goodwin

J. R. Strain

William Smith.

New Zealand Shipping Company, agents.


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