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17th November, 1894
FOR WELLINGTON, and LYTTELTON
The Star Friday December 28th 1894 page 2
Australian Shipping. Hobart, Dec. 27.
Arrived, at 9 a.m. - Rimutaka, from London, via the Cape. She sails at seven o'clock to-night for Wellington. The Rimutaka brings eighteen passengers for Australian ports, and has one hundred and seventy-five for New Zealand.
The Star Monday January 7th 1895 page 2
Arrived Lyttelton. Jan. 6. - Rimutaka, R.M.S.S., 4515 tons, Greenstreet, from London, via ports of call and Wellington. New Zealand Shipping Company, agents.
The Star Wednesday 12th December 1894 page 3
Reference online: Papers Past Images online. NZ National Library.
Rimutaka, R.M.S.S., due colony Jan. 2. Raupehu, R.M.S.S., due colony Jan. 30. Ionic, R.M.S.S. due colony Feb. 11.
passenger listing complete listing
The following is a list of passengers booked up to Nov. 3 by the Rimutaka, which sailed from London on Nov. 17: (the list below is incomplete, only 98 passengers listed out of 193)
Passengers by the Rimutaka Mr T.B. Addison Mr H.A. Addison Mr H.A. Atkinson Mr and Mrs E. Baldwin Mr J. Barron Mr B. Benn Mr L Biddy Mr A.F. Billings Mr., Mrs and Master Bourne Mrs E. Bowkett Mr and Mrs Boys Miss M.E. Brindale Mr A.L. Brooks Mrs J.H. Brown Mr R. Brown Mrs E. Brown Miss M. Buckley Dr Caro Mr E. Caro Mr C. Cartwright Miss E. Clark Mr H.H. Clarke Mr W. Clarke Mr H. Collins Miss K. Crockett Miss B. Croome Miss A. Dalziel Mr N.W. Edwards Messrs T.A. and W.T. Fall Master T.H. Fitch Mr W. Fry Mr H. Gardiner Mr H.E. Gardiner Mr P.G. Gough Miss E. Grove Mr W. Hallgarten Mr., Mrs, Miss and Master Harding Miss Hopkinson Mr J. Johnston Mr and Mrs Jones Misses Jones (2) Mr J.R. Kidd Mr J. Lacelles Mr and Mrs Ling Mr B. Ling Miss Markham Mr J.B. Macfarlane Mr R. McMaster Messrs S.C., A.J., and H.V. O'Beirne Mr H. Paton Rev W and Mrs Peile Mr W. Penseler Mr L.M. Pickett Misses G. and L. Pringle Mr H. Raven Mr A. Raven Mr A.G. Robinson Mr C. Romanes Mr and Mrs Sargeant Mr T.B. Searle Mr A. Simms Mr H.F. Smith Miss L.C. Stowe Mr J. Sturton Mr and Mrs Talbot Messrs D. and F. Thornton Mr T.F. Tucker Mr and Mrs C. Weir Mrs E. Wilson Mrs Worgan Misses Worgan (2) Masters Worgan (2) Mrs A. Young Misses Young (4) Master Young
The Star Wednesday 9th January 1895 page 2
Since the Rimutaka was last here, a change has taken place in the personnel of the offices. Mr Buchanan; late of the Ruapehu is chief, with Mr V. White-Parsons as second, Mr Forbes as third, and Mr Mardin as fourth. Mr Weston, late of the Rimutaka, is now chief officer of the cargo steamer Waikato, with Mr Barthorp second, and Mr Tosswill third.
The Star Thursday 10th January 1895 page 2
The R.M.S.S. Rimutaka leaves Lyttelton on Saturday for Port Chalmers, where she loads a portion of her outward freight.
The Star Friday 11th January 1895 page 2
The New Zealand Shipping Company's cargo steamer Otarama, 3808 tons, in command of Captain Millward, arrived yesterday from Timaru. Captain Millward was chief officer of the R.M.S.S. Rimutaka on the occasion of his last visit to this port, and upon arrival yesterday he was congratulated by a large circle of friends upon his promotion.
The Rimutaka was a 4,473 gross ton ship built in 1884 by John Elder, Glasgow for NZSCo. She was a clipper stemmed ship, one funnel, three masts (rigged for sail), length 430ft x beam 46ft x depth 24ft, single screw and a speed of 14 knots. Launched in October 1884, she sailed on her maiden voyage from London for Cape Town, Auckland and Wellington on 15/1/1885. She continued on this service until starting her last voyage on 30/3/1899. Later the same year she was sold to the British India Steam Nav. Co and renamed "Zamania". Used on the Madras - Straits Settlements route and in July 1911 was scrapped in Japan. [North Star to Southern Cross by John M.Maber] [Merchant Fleets, vol.11, British India S.N. Co by Duncan Haws]
Otago Witness, 15 April 1908, Page 69
RIMUTAKA'S PASSENGERS. The following passengers have booked by the New Zealand Shipping Company's steamer Rimutaka which sailed from Wellington on the l0th for London, via Monte Video, Rio de Janeiro, and Tenerife:
from Wellington : First saloon Miss M. Adams, Mesdames Adams, Gibson, Dr H. Adams, Messrs R. Adams. A. Gibson ;
second saloon Misses S. Brock, Kummer (2), Mesdames Preston-Thomas, Crewe, E. M. Horton, McLaren. Messrs W. Preston-Thomas, G. Lewis, J D.C. Crewe, R. A. Wilson, P. Durant, G. Blake, A. Murphy, R. N. McLaren, E. M. Garsia, M. A. Browne ;
third class Misses R. Trivick, A. Vale, Mesdames M. J. Aspin, Boyce, E. Watson, A. Kingdon, A. Tredgett, Messrs S. Boyce, P. Lunn, J. M. Foley, P. Fauvel (2), J. W. Boyd, Wm. McCullock. J. McCalmon, A. Leynon, C. Jensen, W. G. Rains (2), Stitchbury, J. Ham, A. Martin, G. White, Smith.
From Christchurch : First saloon Misses H. Wood, L. Ambler, J. A. Hastie. E. F. Hawdon, E. M. Hill, Mesdames Wood, Hill, H. A. Watt, Messrs H. Wood, W. Hill, H. T. Milnes, Master R. Hill;
second saloon Misess Sheate (2), L. Emmett, Mesdames M. Burley, Harris, M. A. Gibson, Boulby, Messrs William Sheate, B. Shipley, S. Harris, A. Evers-Swindell, W. Evers-Swindell, F. G. Ellis, F. Bonifant, J. Bonifant, E. Wilder, A. W. Emmett, F. A. Scarr, H. W. Horton. Boulby.
From Auckland: First saloon Miss M. B. Stock, Mrs Dunnett, Messrs Dunnett, Jackson ;
second saloon Misses F. B. Grierson, M. Chitty, E. E. Thompson, Miss C. G. Joyce, Messrs J. Dean, H. M. Hilliard. P. Foote, J. Postles, A. MacKenzie, F. Wrigglesworth.
From Invercargill : First saloon Misses Raymond (2), M. Brown, Mrs Raymond, Mr Raymond, Masters Raymond (3) ;
second saloon Mr A. McDonald.
From Dunedin : First saloon Miss E. Hazlett, Mrs Hazlett, Mr J. Hazlett;
second saloon Misses A. Bissett, Thorn, M. Campbell, Mesdames J. Bissett, M. A. Chalker, A. Campbell. P. J. McDonald, J. Goldstein. From Napier : First saloon Mr D. Stewart.
From, Blenheim : Second saloon Mr George Moroomb.
From Timaru Second saloon Misses R. Glen, Cabot, Mesdames Cabot, Hunt, Mr W. H. Hunt.
From Palmerston North Mrs McLeod, Mr McLeod ;
62 third class from various ports.
Evening Post, 12 June 1909, Page 4
LEAVING FOR LONDON. A Press Association message from Lyttelton advises that the following passengers leave with the New Zealand Shipping Company's R.M.S. Rimutaka, which was to sail from Lyttelton for London at 11 a.m. to-day :
First saloon Misses Fox, Shakespeare, Sharpe, and Temple, Mesdames Fox, Temple, Colonel W. F. Shakespeare, Captain E. F. Temple, Messrs. D. C. Elphinstone and J. C. Kennie.
Second saloon Misses Ambler, Allison, M. Begg, M. F. McGregor, J. Seth-Smith, Mesdames Begg, Chitty, Murray, Smith, Seth-Smith, Dr. H. Bartlett, Messrs. F. Bradley J. C. Burrowes, J. B. Birk, Myer, H. Fitch, R. E. Hall, L. Smith; B. Seth-Smith.
Third class Misses C. and M. Clifton, A. E. Senior, Mesdames Blown, Davis, Marriott, Withnell and infant, Yeomans and family (3), Maiden, Messrs. C. Burgess, F. Bewsey, A. Brown, W. Clark, J. Dearling, J. Fraser, S. Fraser, J. Hamies, W. Hanson, C. G. Hodgkinson, J. Idiens, H. E. Jones, A. Kent, D. Lavery, A. Logan, J. McClymont, G. H. Macan, W. Morris, J. Mark, W. Marven, J. L. Meek, L. Olsen. H. E. Pinning, W. Price, C. Putt, R. V. Richards, D. Smith, W. S. Taylor, A.Wagstaff, T. Withnell, W. E. Webster, W G. Watson, W. J. Mackay, E. Austin.
Otago Witness Wednesday 22 September 1909 page 63
Captain Greenstreet, the popular commodore of the New Zealand Shipping Company's fleet who has made something like 75 voyages round the world, said good-bye two weeks ago to the Rimutaka, which he has commanded ever since she was built nine years ago. He is to take over the command of the company's new 10,000 steamer Ruahine. The Ruahine is due to leave for New Zealand on her maiden voyage towards the end of October. Captain Smith, of the Opawa, will take Captain Greenstreet's place in the Rimutaka. Another officer leaving the Rimutaka this week is Mr Sidney Plummer, who has been promoted to the post of chief officer of the Rakaia, which left for New Zealand on August 7.
Ice floe with bergy bits and a growler. Photo taken Feb. 2020.
The Southern Cross 11 December 1863
On Wednesday Captain Peter Wilkie, commander of the clipper ship Aboukir, was presented in Glasgow with a purse of 150 sovereigns and an address engrossed on vellum, in recognition of his gallant and seamanlike conduct in bringing home his vessel while in a crippled condition from New Zealand to London. The presentation was made on behalf of the underwriters of the ship and cargo in London and Glasgow. On the 1st April last the Aboukir, one of Messrs Potter, Wilson and Co.'s liners, sailed from Otago for London. After nine days at sea the ship, while in lat. 55.40 S. long 153 W., was overtaken by thick weather, in consequence of which she got foul on an iceberg wand was dismasted. At noon of the same day (9th April) the fog cleared off, when the vessel was found to be completely surrounded by ice. Jury masts were rigged. Near Cape Horn a very heavy gale was encountered, but the ship behaved splendidly under jurymasts. In 88 days after leaving NZ the voyagers reached the Thames. The Times, Sept. 26.
1883 "Photographed from the New Zealand steamer Rimutaka, - It is quite a common thing for vessels voyaging to or from New Zealand via Cape Horn to fall in with large numbers of icebergs. The barque Kirkdale from Liverpool, reported that on her recent trip icebergs were passed in rapid succession for 1,400 miles, the vessel being on one occasion hemmed in for four days. Icebergs have been seen in New Zealand waters as far north as the Chatham Islands, which lie in the same latitude as Christchurch. From the specific gravity it is calculated that only about one-tenth of the volume of an iceberg is above water."
You never sail downwind of an iceberg.
Bergs generally flow with currents around the Antarctic continent until the Antarctic Peninsula forces the currents north, flinging the icebergs into warmer waters. In these warmer seas the bergs begin to break up, spawning countless growlers and larger pieces called bergy bits. Sailors can generally avoid these baby bergs by steering clear of their parents. The lines on icebergs are like rings on trees. Tell the years.
Ice flow: An ice floe is a large pack of floating ice often defined as a flat piece at least 20 m across at its widest point, and up to more than 10 km across
Bergy bit: An iceberg that generally extends 1 to 5 metres above the sea and are generally spawned from disintegrating icebergs.
Growler: extend less than a metre above the sea; smaller than a bergy bit.
Brash ice: A patch of accumulated small fragments of floating ice (less than about 2 metres big)
Drift ice : Is a floating field of sea ice
Stewart Island at the south end of New Zealand is 47 south.
January 6, 2005 Icebergs reappear in New Zealand waters
New Zealanders are now witnessing icebergs in their territorial waters for the first time since 1948. The icebergs were see in the Southern Ocean, about 700 kilometres south-east of the South Island, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) said. They were a hazard to all shipping, including yachts participating in the Vendeeglobe solo round-the-world race, officials said. The Vendeeglobe website has issued a warning to competitors after one sailor sustained minor damage to his boat when he hit an iceberg just before Christmas. NIWA scientist said 15 icebergs, some up to 3km wide, have been recorded. "In 30 years of working for NIWA, this is the first time I have recorded sightings of icebergs in New Zealand waters," Previous reportings were in the 1890s, early 1920s, 1930s and in 1948. In 1931 icebergs were seen as far north as near Dunedin in the South Island. The icebergs were expected to drift away towards South America.
07 November 2006 Icebergs heading to NZ 'once part of larger iceberg'
The flotilla of icebergs off the South Island were probably once part of a much larger iceberg from the Ronne Ice Shelf, on the other side of Antarctica from New Zealand. An oceanographer with Niwa, said today that in 2000, an iceberg 167km long and 32km wide broke off the Ronne Ice Shelf. This was named A-43. A-43 subsequently broke into pieces. The largest piece, known as A-43A, was created in early May 2001, and is probably the 'parent' of the icebergs which are currently close to New Zealand," The icebergs are expected to melt or collapse before reaching the New Zealand coast.
November 6, 2006 Icebergs threaten shipping near NZ
Authorities have issued a marine hazard warning as huge icebergs drift towards international shipping lanes south of New Zealand. The icebergs were first reported by the crew of a Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion during a routine fisheries patrol late last week. The northern-most iceberg was only 260 kilometres off Invercargill. The largest was estimated at 2 kilometres long, 1.5 kilometres wide and more than 130 metres high. The last reported icebergs so close to the mainland were off Dunedin in the 1930s.
Nov 16, 2006
The scientists thought it wouldn't happen, but the icebergs floating off our southern coast have got close enough for a lands-end view. It has been 75 years, but on Thursday icebergs could be spotted from the mainland. Keen iceberg spotters took their binoculars to vantage points like Signal Hill, Brockville and St Clair to catch a look at the rare sight. A plane company flew more than 100 ice-loving tourists to view the huge frozen bergs. Otago helicopters were also flat out with tourist flights. Helicopters Otago pilot He said the icebergs broke up a bit overnight Wednesday and there won't be much left of them by Friday, however they are still a spectacular sight. It has taken at least five years for these icy hills to travel this far from Antarctica and the smaller they get, the quicker they will melt. So, while they remain, bobbing off Dunedin's coast - the tourist flights will continue. An iceberg has been spotted from the New Zealand shore for the first time in 75 years, one of about 100 that have been drifting south of the country. The giant ice chunk was visible Thursday from Dunedin on South Island but has since moved away, driven by winds and ocean currents. The flotilla of icebergs some as big as houses were first spotted south of New Zealand early this month. Last year, icebergs were seen in the country's waters for the first time in 56 years. But the last time one was visible from the New Zealand shore was June 1931. But many of those keen to get a closer look opted to approach the icebergs from water. Those on board said it was possible to hear the iceberg cracking as it melted and the fizzing of ice chunks in the comparatively warmer Otago seas.
Nov 19, 2006
A new giant iceberg is heading our way and it is reportedly the biggest yet. The large chunk of ice is sitting around the same latitude as Stewart Island - around 100 nautical miles southeast of Dunedin - and is one of at least three large icebergs in the area. It is possibly up to a kilometre long.
Icebergs now near Timaru
Dominion-Post (NZ) Thursday November 23 2006
Fishing boats are reporting icebergs off the Timaru coast. Two fishing boats - the Nidaro and the Amber Wave - have reported seeing icebergs heading north. Nidaro skipper did more than report sightings of icebergs - he got up close enough to take a piece home to show the kids. An iceberg appeared on the horizon while the boat was about 60 kilometres out from the Timaru coast. "It's not something you'd like to hit." Thirty to 40 smaller icebergs - some as big as the 20m Nidaro, were floating along behind the main iceberg. The icebergs are moving in a north to north-west direction, heading toward the peninsula, and travelling at about one nautical mile (1.85km) an hour. NIWA said that the biggest iceberg sighted off the Timaru coastline was estimated at 45m high, 61m wide and 30m long.
Nov 25, 2006
The spectacular iceberg family off the coast of New Zealand has put on its most dramatic show yet with one of the giants snapping in two and plunging into the sea. Scientists believe the massive iceberg may have held as much as 60 million tonnes of ice. The iceberg crumbled just as a helicopter was about to take passengers in for a closer look and as they started to go through the middle bits started falling off and the pilot said and the turbulence would be too much. The largest iceberg made it all the way north of Banks Peninsula. The last five or six years, we have seen icebergs around the sub-Antarctic islands every 18 months to two years.
Brash Ice, Feb. 2020