White Wings Vol I. Fifty Years Of Sail In The New Zealand Trade, 1850 TO 1900
the Akaroa At Auckland.
the Akaroa had two rough passages to Wellington. In 1885 she took 135 days to reach Wellington. This was caused partly by meeting heavy weather in the Channel, when she was detained eight days. During a severe gale after passing the Cape, which continued for three days, a sea broke on board, sweeping everything away on deck and flooding the cabins.
On the passage out in 1890 the voyage occupied 129 days. In the vicinity of the Equator the ship was lying in the doldrums for 14 days, and on April 7 apage 175 heavy gale was encountered, during which the vessel was hove-to under lower topsails, which were blown away, and the barque kept to the wind under bare poles. On the 10th of the same month the standard of the steering gear was carried away. Fortunately the gale moderated the following day.
In 1900 the Akaroa was sold to Norway and sailed for many years in the Australian trade. Her sailing capabilities were not improved after passing away from the Shaw, Savill Co. On April 12, 1916, she left Melbourne for England with a cargo of wheat and arrived at Falmouth after an extraordinary long passage of 186 days.
the Akaroa's passages to New Zealand were:—
|July 28||Nov. 9, '83||Bowling||103|
|Mar. 18||June 28, '86||Bowling||102|
|Oct. 24, '84||Mar. 9, '85||Bowling||135|
|Dec. 20, '89||Apr. 28, '90||Culbert||129|
|Dec. 5||Mar. 10, '91||Murray||95|
|June 17||Sep. 24, '98||Murray||99|
|July 14||Nov. 8, '99||Kelly||117|
|Aug. 21||Dec. 5, '01||Kelly||106|
|Via Barry||Nov. 14, '96||Murray||—|
|Jan. 7||May 7, '82||Bowling||120|
|Aug. 5||Nov. 13, '93||Murray||100|
|June 12||Oct. 1, '94||Murray||111|