White Wings Vol II. Founding Of The Provinces And Old-Time Shipping. Passenger Ships From 1840 To 1885
In the early fifties the barque Stately, a vessel of 560 tons, made several passages to New Zealand with passengers and general cargo. Her first visit was to Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin in 1851. She sailed from London on the 2nd February, and reached Auckland on the 1st June, 120 days from the Downs. After landing passengers and cargo, she proceeded to Wellington and Dunedin, arriving at the latter port on August 7th.
The following year the barque made a second voyage to Wellington. She sailed on May 17th, and reached Wellington on September 19, afterwards proceeding to Nelson and Dunedin.
In 1853 the barque sailed from London on the 29th October, and arrived at Port Chalmers on February 4th, 1854, after a pleasant passage of 98 days. This was her third voyage to Port Chalmers in three years, and on this occasion she landed sixty passengers. From Otago she proceeded to Wellington, arriving there on March 7th. On her previous voyage home, May 1st, 1853, she took a cargo of wool from Wellington. Captain Ginder was in command on all the passages made.