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Zealandia, Immigrant Voyage to Victoria 1875-76

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The voyage of the Zealandia
Departed Plymouth, England, 19 Dec 1875 and
Arrived Melbourne, Victoria, 4 Feb 1876

Arrival of “Zealandia” in Melbourne'

Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic. 1869 - 1954), Sat 5 Feb 1876, p5. ARRIVAL OF THE STEAMSHIP ZEALANDIA.

This magnificent steamship, the first of the new line between San Francisco, Australia, and New Zealand, passed through the Heads early yesterday afternoon, and was safely moored alongside Sandridge pier shortly after 5 o clock.
She is a boat of 3,000 tons, 600-horse power nominal, 376ft. in length, and 38ft. beam, She was built by Messrs. John Elder and Co., of Glasgow. Her engines are compound, with two cylinders of 62in. and one of 45in., with 4ft. 3in. stroke, and they consume, on a speed of eleven and a half knots, about thirty-five tons of coal per day. She has splendid passenger accommodation, that provided in the saloon being especially remarkable for airiness and elegance, and as it is placed forward of the funnel it escapes the heat and smoke arising from the engine-room.
There is ample space provided for 150 first-class passengers, but the number of berths which have been occupied on this her first trip is comparatively small. She has brought for Melbourne twenty-one first class, twelve second class, and thirty-six third class; while fourteen first, twenty-one second, and twenty-seven third class passengers booked in Europe proceed to Sydney Wednesday next.
She is commanded by Capt. John Ferries, and sailed from Plymouth on 19th December, arriving at St. Vincent on the 28th. She remained at that island for two days, and, leaving on the 30th December, passed Cape Town on the 14th January, and arrived at Port Phillip Heads, as has already been stated, yesterday. The total time from port to port was forty-six days, eight hours, and the actual time under steam, forty-three days, fourteen hours. From Plymouth to lat. 37deg. N., southerly gales were experienced, and she had strong S.E. trades from lat. 20deg. to 35deg. south. Head winds were experienced from long. 96deg. E. up to her arrival at Port Phillip Heads, and had it not been for the more than ordinary perverseness of the elements in the Bay of Biscay, the passage could easily have been accomplished in under forty days. The distance run during the trip is less by ninety miles than traversed by the St. Osyth on her fastest voyage. The speed of the Zealandia may be indeed from the fact that during about the only fresh favourable breeze she had during the voyage she logged 318 miles in twenty hours, thus making an average little short of sixteen knots while in one week she ran 2,103 miles, which means an all-round average of about thirteen knots, without making any of allowances in her favour.
One death, that of a lady passenger, Mrs C. Morrison, of dropsy, occurred at sea on the 5th January; but beyond this no incident of note ... Saloon passengers presented to Captain Ferris, in token of the able manner in which he had navigated his fine ship. The Zealandia’s Melbourne cargo consists of 1,759 packages of general merchandise, for different consignees. Within a very short period after the vessel's arrival at the pier she was boarded by a number of friends of passengers and the general public, the latter eager to inspect one of the finest specimens of naval architecture which has ever entered our waters. No doubt, the brief stay at Sandridge will be large taken advantage of.
The following is the passenger-list of the Zealandia. Saloon ; For Melbourne — Messrs. J Theodore Sutton, W. J . Macadam, P . W. Richardson, A. F. Smith, Rev. W. R. Croxton, Miss L. Croxteil, Messrs Joshua Brevetun, David Paton, Edward Killen, Mrs. Killen, Mr. W. W. Killen, Miss Mary Killen, Miss Jane Killen, Master Edward Killen, Miss Isabella Killen, Master T. E. Killen, Miss Hannah Killen, Mr. F. S. Swayne, Miss A. F. Smith, Messrs. C. L. Weaver, Hugh Standen, and Frederick Leggate and thirty-six in the third class. For Sydney — Saloon : Messrs. T. E. Clayton, W. M'Quade, sen., William M'Quade, jun., Henry M'Quade, T. H. Travers, Mrs. Travers, Miss C. Travers, Mr. Walter Bagot, Mrs. Bagot, Messrs. Han. Olson, T. E. Webb, C. W. Church, G. E. Primrose, Leveson, Mr. F. S. Roberts, Mrs Roberts, Miss E. L. Roberts. Second cabin : Mr. Geo. Wilton, Mrs. Wilton, Mr. A. P. Howard, Miss E. Williecroft, Miss Kate Vining, Mr. R. Crow, Mr. J. Fisher, Mr. J. T. Boag, Miss Mary Rich, Mr. Wm. G. Bladon, Mr. Thos. J. Harbutt, Mrs. Harbutt, Mr. T. L. Harbutt, Miss E. Kate Harbutt, Master Lawrence Harbutt, Miss Susey Harbutt, Master Sydney Harbutt, Miss Helen Harbutt, Mr. W. Jennings, Miss Jennings, Mr. S. S. M'Dowall, Master Geo. R. Davis, Master J. P. Davis, Mr. E. T. Pain, Mr. H. Smith, Mr. Ross Rigby, Mr. Millen, Mr. Henry Comeron, Miss Cameron, Miss Maria B. Cameron ; and twenty-seven in the third class.

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