News from 1883: ROYAL VISIT TO THE IONIC

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The Times, 25 April 1883

ROYAL VISIT TO THE IONIC
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On Monday afternoon the Prince of Wales paid a visit to the New Zealand
Shipping Company's new chartered steamer Ionic, Captain E. O. Hallet,
R.N., lying in the Royal Albert Dock. His Royal Highness, attended by
the Hon. Tyrwhitt Wilson, arrived alongside the ship at 4 30, by special
train from Liverpool-street. He was received by Captain Hallet, Mr.
Cotter, chairman of the New Zealand Shipping Company, Messrs. Studholme
and Larkworthy, directors, Mr. Strickland, London manager of the same
company, and Mr. J. H. [sic; should be "T. H."] Ismay, managing director
of the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company. The Ionic is the latest
addition to the White Star Line, and has been chartered by the New
Zealand Shipping Company, to form one of the line of steamers which they
are now despatching from London direct to New Zealand every month. The
Ionic was built by Messrs. Harland and Wolff of Belfast. She is 440ft.
long, 44ft. broad, 32ft. deep, with a gross registered tonnage of 5,000,
her engines, also manufactured by Messrs. Harland and Wolff, are of
3,000-horse power effective. The Prince made a close inspection of the
vessel, paying special attention to the engine and refrigerating
departments. His Royal Highness congratulated Captain Hallet in having
command of so fine a vessel, and one so perfectly fitted in every
particular.

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