White Wings Vol I. Fifty Years Of Sail In The New Zealand Trade, 1850 TO 1900
The William Davie
The William Davie.
the William Davie At Dunedin.
In 1870 the William Davie made the smartest passage of any ship that season, 77 days land to land, or 83 port to port. Four years later, in 1874, she ran from Gravesend to the Bluff in 88 days, or 76 days from her final departure. the William Davie was most consistent in the regularity of her outward passages. In 1876 she crossed the Equator in 19 days from Greenock, and completed another good run of 77 days, land to land. In 1880 her rig was changed from a ship to a barque. On her last voyage, in 1881, she had a bad run to the Equator of 48 days owing to light winds and severe storms. The vessel is also credited with some smart passages Home. I have no record of these.
the William Davie completed fourteen voyages to New Zealand, as under:—
|Aug. 5||Nov. 1, '66||Logan||88|
|Aug. 2||Oct. 29, '67||Logan||88|
|Land to land||78|
|Aug. 6||Oct. 30, '68||Logan||85|
|Land to land||83|
|June 2||Sep. 9, '69||Ross||99|
|June 16||Sep. 6, '70||Hendry||82|
|May 25||Aug. 21, '71||Hendry||88|
|Apr. 6||July 8, '72||Peacocke||93|
|Jan. 30||May 1, '73||Peacocke||91|
|*Jan. 14||Apr. 23, '74||Rankin||99|
|Land to land||76|
|Jan. 10||Apr. 20, '75||McAlister||100|
|May 6||July 27, '76||McAlister||82|
|Land to land||77|
|Jan. 24||May 12, '80||McAlister||108|
|Dec. 9||Mar. 22, '81||Woods||103|
|Jan. 14||Apr. 12, '74||Rankin||88|
* Via Bluff.