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Passengers at the Port of San Francisco: 1800sRMSS Zealandia

The Star, Thursday, February 17, 1876

Arrival of the Zealandia at Melbourne.

The speed of this steamer on her maiden voyage has been satisfactory. The passage been accomplished in 46 days eight hours from port to port. Detention at St. Vincent's. 3 days. Apart from her beauty of her lines she measures 37 ft between perpendiculars, her beam being 37 ft 6 in and depth of hold 28 ft, giving her a gross of 2755 tons. She had four masts, two forward of the funnel, and two aft, the former having yards across. The 'swell" part of her passenger accommodation ,so to speak, is well forward, instead of being right aft. Her passenger accommodation is equal to the berthing of 1664 in the saloon, from 24 to 30 in the second cabin, and 85 to 100 in the third cabin or steerage. The engines are compound, of 2400 horse-power indicated. They are direct acting, surface condensing and have cylinders, one high pressure and two low pressure, the former being 45in and latter 62 in each, with a 4ft 3in stroke. The cylinders have three holders on the crank shafts. There are two immense boilers, with six furnaces to each, and the stokehold the ventilation is something wonderful. The screw is four-bladed and 17ft in diameter, with 25ft pitch and the number of revolutions at full speed is 65. The complement of hands in the engine-room comprises twenty-two fireman and trimmers, five engineers (including the chief) and a boiler maker. The steering is dome by hydraulic gear.

The command has been giving to S. Ferries, who was here some two years ago in the steamship Tartar. Mr A. Marshall is the engineer-in-chief on board, and the purser, Mr R. McDonald, was here last in the P. and O. Company's s.s. Nubia about 15 months ago. The chief officer, Mr Frank B. Thomson, was formerly in the P. and O. Company's Ghest, second; Mr S. Denton, third; and Mr B.W. Palms, fourth. Dr. H. Richards, who has been to these colonies previously.

The Zealandia left Plymouth on December 19. At the concluding concert which took place on 31st ult, all hands were invited, and a collection of £21 for the funds of the Merchant Seaman's Orphan Asylum. During the voyage Mrs C. Morrison, a saloon passenger, died on January 15 (or 25), from dropsy, and the third engineer, William Martin, died from apoplexy.

Southern Cross, Thursday April 13 1876 (page 2)

Port of Auckland
Arrival: Zealandia, R.M.S.S., Ferrie, from Sydney
Departure: Zealandia, R.M.S.S., Ferries, for San Francisco, via Kandavau and Honolulu.

From Sydney
Passengers For Auckland: Saloon - Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan; Mr J. Staines and Mr Smith,

For Christchurch
Steerage: Messrs. Murphy and Brooks

For Kandavu
Saloon: Rev. C. S. Rose, Mr. E. Kuchner, Mrs J. B. Thurston, Mrs. Wyles, children, and servant, Mr. and Mrs. Brodziak;
Steerage: Messrs. Steven and Wools.

For San Francisco
Saloon: The Hon. Mr and Mrs J. L. Montefiore, Mr and Mrs H. S. Gibson, Dr. and Mrs Fortiscue, Mr. and Mrs. Jones, two children and nurse, Mr. and Mrs. Whittycombe, Mrs D. Manson, Messrs E. Lestonnat, Harvey, Laws, Hockins, Pillet, Nott, Montefiore, Captain Klein, Messrs. Moyles, Little, Wallis, Hay, Riley, Thomas, Logan, Adgen, Smith, Williams, Carroll, Landry, Bragman, Bartlett, Butler, Seymour, Rev. J. H. Bragman, Mr. and Mrs. Crosby, Mr. and Mrs. J. Childs, Mr. and Mrs. Richie, Mr. and Mrs. J. Anderson, Mrs J. H. Hogg and boy, Dr. J. H. Langford, Messrs. Willis, Cameron, Falk, Busch, Purves, Cresswell, Tangy, Stewart, Churnside, Forbes, Harens, Harris, Oscar, Von Kosa, Mrs. O'Dockerty, Miss O'Dockerty, Messrs. W. O'Dockerty and K. O'Dockerty, and Mr. L. N. Blackmore.
Steerage: Messrs G. Sheriff, Nelson, Hobson, Hess, Cox, Smidt, Earle, Hosken, Keating, Cowan, Inksetter, Knabenschup, Warran, Mr. and Mrs. Begwood; Mr., Mrs. Hill, and children, and Captain Klein's servant.

Owen and Graham, agents.

Cleared Outwards. Zealandia, R.M.S.S. 1313 tons, Ferries, for Kandavu.

Passengers per Zealandia, from Auckland: Salon, for Liverpool - Mr and Mrs Penny, Edward Durham, Dennis Simpson, Mr Holland, Master Holland and 7 from Dunedin and 4 from Lyttelton. Steerage- John Gilchrist, Archibald Chalmers, 2 from Dunedin. For Honolulu: Mr Rankin Wilson and servant, John S. Pye. For San Francisco: Mr Johd Chambers, Mr W. Field, Mr F.S. V_er, Miss Susan Winde, Mr George Gilla__d, Mr and Mrs Clessold, Mr J.N. Crombie, Mr T Gibson Johnson, Mr W.G. Lemaire, Mr Bramwell (from Auckland), 15 from Dunedin, 9 from Lyttelton, 4 from Wellington, 108 through from Sydney. Messes Henry Burrell, Percy Burrell, James Hardley, George A. Harvey, Denis Nutchell, John Ferguson, William Veitch, 20 from Southern ports.

Owen and Graham, agents.

Arrival of the mail steamer Zealandia

The P.M.S. Co's fine steamship Zealandia, under command of Captain Ferries (formerly of the Tatar), arrived in harbour at twelve o'clock noon yesterday, from Sydney. The Zealandia measures in length 367 ft. between perpendiculars, her beam being 37 ft. 6 in., and depth of hold 28 ft., giving her a gross of 2,755 tons. She has four masts, two forward of the funnel, and two aft, the former having yards across. She looks very smart aloft, and her rig will be found admirably adapted for crossing the Pacific. She differs from most other steamers in that the "swell" part of her passenger accommodation, is well forward, instead of being right aft, and by this arrangement the saloon has many manifest advantages. On deck and below there are considerable novelties introduced. A spacious poop, to which easy access is gained from the main deck, extends in front the funnel nearly to the 'house' in which the steering apparatus is placed under cover, almost at the bow of the ship. Immediately under this, on each side of a central corridor, there are a series of what may be called deck state-rooms, each containing a bed, a couch, and requisite accommodation for washing and dressing. Being flush with the deck, these will form very comfortable sleeping and sitting apartments. Descending by another staircase to the grand saloon, it is found to be very tastefully and appropriately decorated. The main feature and absolute novelty is the large and lofty central skylight, which ascends in a pyramidal form to a great height, and which imparts an idea of light and air rarely found on board.

The steamer is commendably clean throughout. Her passenger accommodation is equal to the berthing of 164 in the saloon, from 24 to 30 in the second cabin, and from 85 to 100 in the third cabin or steerage.

The engines are compound, 2,400 horse-power indicated. They are direct acting, surface condensing, and have cylinders, one high pressure and two low pressure, the former being 45in. the latter 62 in. each, with 4ft. 3in. stroke. The three cylinders have three holders on the crank shafts, which gives the vessel a very easy, smooth and equable motion. There are two immense boilers, with six furnaces to each, and in the stockhold the ventilation is something wonderful. The screw is four-bladed, and 17ft, in diameter, with 25ft. pitch, and the number of revolutions at full speed is 65. The complement of hands in the engine-room comprises 22 firemen and trimmers, five engineers (including the chief), and a boiler-maker. The steering is done by hydraulic gear. The steamer is amply supplied with boats, and provision is made for the saving of life and property. We are indebted to R. McDonald, purser, for files, &c.

The Zealandia having taken on board the New Zealand mails and passengers, steamed yesterday evening for Kandavu, Honolulu, and San Francisco. Her reason for calling at Kandavu is to leave word for the City of San Francisco to proceed to Auckland.

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