White Wings Vol II. Founding Of The Provinces And Old-Time Shipping. Passenger Ships From 1840 To 1885
An old vessel, built in 1849, for W. Willis and Son, the Coldstream, 545 tons, was sent out to New Zealand on one occasion only. In command of Captain Carmichael, she sailed from London on the 22nd January, 1863, for Port Chalmers. Shortly after leav-page 168ing Gravesend she collided with the ship Harvest Home, and was compelled to put into Plymouth, where she was detained a month effecting repairs. A very heavy gale was encountered in the Bay of Biscay. When off the Cape of Good Hope, during a gale, her steering apparatus was carried away, and this caused her much delay. Off the Auckland Islands the ship was hove-to for four days, during which a terrific gale was blowing. Eventually Port Chalmers was reached on the 16th June, 134 days from the day she left London docks. Fortunately the ship carried only twelve passengers.