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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 2 (May 1, 1937)

A Visit to Auckland

A Visit to Auckland.

The great maritime strike of 1890, which affected all Australian and New Zealand shipping, was on when the Janet Nicoll was preparing to leave Sydney for Auckland, and there was some difficulty in getting a crew. She got away at last, with a scratch crew, a Sydney mixture, some white, most of them South Sea Islanders. Here come in my own memories of the ship with her six passengers and the non-union crew. I was at that time a youthful member of the staff of the “Auckland Star,” learning the ropes of the news-gathering trade, with the waterfront and the shipping for my daily round. An always-interesting and often exciting field in those times, when ships were smaller and more numerous than they are to-day, and when deep-sea arrivals always held the charm of the unexpected.