White Wings Vol I. Fifty Years Of Sail In The New Zealand Trade, 1850 TO 1900
A very well-known vessel which brought many early New Zealanders to these shores was the ship Ida Zeigler, which for seven years was commanded by Captain Abraham L. Reynolds, and on the last voyage by Captain Sellars.
the Ida Zeigler, A Favourite Ship.
The "Ida" was a comfortable ship, specially fitted up for carrying passengers, and she brought many hundreds to Auckland. Although not a record-breaker, her longest passage from London to Auckland was 96 days, and the shortest 85 days. She made some fast runs Home, on one occasion docking in London only 74 days from Auckland. She did not sail direct to any other ports in the Dominion.
The "Ida" had several eventful voyages when trading to New Zealand. During the passage out in 1865, after passing the Cape of Good Hope she encountered, on October 30th, a terrific gale, during which some heavy seas were shipped, which stove in all the skylights, washed away the quarter boat, and took most things on deck overboard. The gale lasted for 36 hours.
On September 19th, in 44 S. latitude and 84 E. longitude, she passed through another gale of hurricane force, during which a tremendous sea broke on board, carrying away a portion of her port bulwarks, washing away hen coops off the poop, seriously damaging a life boat on the davits, and filling the cabins with water, and washing to and fro everything movable on deck. On the same day another heavy sea struck the ship, which washed the second mate and two men from the wheel, stove in the after hatches, carried away the quarter boat, and started the poop, rent stanchions and mizzen channels fore and aft, thus causing the vessel to leak. When the sea struck the "Ida," she was thrown on her beam ends, and the forepage 219 topmast boom and all the gear of the foreyard were washed away. At midnight the ship rolled heavily, during which she carried away her fore and main top-gallant backstay lanyards. The officers' succeeded in at once getting preventives rigged on the mainmast. During the gale the ship was running before the wind, and at times, when in the trough of the sea, her head sails would hang close to the masts, there being no wind to fill them, the barometer falling to 29deg 20m.