White Wings Vol I. Fifty Years Of Sail In The New Zealand Trade, 1850 TO 1900
the Chaudiere, a small wooden barque of 470 tons, built in 1863, was purchased ten years later by the Shaw, Savill Co. She ran exclusively to Nelson, carrying immigrants, and completed five voyages. Nothing eventful occurred on any of the outward passages. The following are the dates of her arrival at Nelson:—January 20, 1873, Captain Mourdant, 128 days; March 7, 1874, Captain Brown, 118 days; April 22, 1878, Captain Pitfield, 114 days; June 22, 1879, Captain Scott, 124 days; July 1, 1880, Captain Scott, 113 days. the Chaudiere did not visit any of the main ports direct, but frequently went to other ports to load for England. She was at Napier on one or two occasions, and when she last arrived there the insurance companies hesitated about insuring the cargo in a composite ship. Before doing so they insisted upon certain faults being remedied. One of the conditions was that as the chain was not the correct size another must be procured. A chain was brought from the wreck of the City of Auckland, but when it arrived it was found to be too large for the hawser pipes, so new hawser pipes had to be made. After considerable delay the barque was permitted to load, and she sailed for England.