White Wings Vol II. Founding Of The Provinces And Old-Time Shipping. Passenger Ships From 1840 To 1885
An antiquated-looking craft was the Carmarthenshire, 872 tons, chartered by the New Zealand Shipping Co., to carry passengers and cargo to New Zealand. Built in 1865, she was a wooden vessel of full lines, suggestive of the old-fashioned school of draughting. Her previous career had been chiefly confined to the India and China trade. When she arrived in Port Chalmers in 1875, she looked anything but a clipper. She was certainly unfortunate in winds at the commencement, and towards the end of the passage, ten days being lost in the Channel through persistent westerlies, and then towards the end she had to work in against easterly winds from the 141st meridian. Sailing from London on August 10th, she made her first landfall at the Solanders on November 30th, and arrived at Port Chalmers on December 4th, 1875. Captain Thomas was in command.