White Wings Vol I. Fifty Years Of Sail In The New Zealand Trade, 1850 TO 1900
the Otaki At The Wellington Wharf.
the Crusader was reported in the Channel on May 16, and the Otaki on May 17. the Otaki, however, docked in London on the same day as the Crusader. the Otaki made a phenomenally fast run from land to land in 63 days—beating all records—and the Crusader in 64 days.
the Rangitiki made a good run of 80 days, port to port, but on this occasion was quite overrun by the other two ships. Mr. Basil Lubbock, referring to this passage of the Otaki, says: "She made the run to the Horn in 22 days, and reached the Lizard in 63 days. During the passage, after being becalmed on the New Zealand coast, she had only eight hours of head winds."