News from 1884 Coptic's first trip to New Zealand

Mark Baber

Jul 4, 2000
MAB Note: This article describes Coptic's maiden Wellington arrival; by the
time she was placed on the New Zealand service, she had been in service for
nearly three years, primarily on the Pacific after a few trips on the North

The Evening Post, Wellington, New Zealand, 24 July 1884
Retrieved from the National Library of New Zealand web site,

The Shaw, Savill and Albion Co.'s chartered steamer Coptic (W. H. Kidley,
commander), from London via Hobart and Fort Chalmers, arrived in harbour at
8 30 this morning, and was at once berthed at the Queen's wharf. She left
Port Chalmers at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, came up under easy steam, and arrived at
the Heads at 8 last night, but, thick dirty weather prevailing, she waited
until daylight, took the pilot on board at 7 o'clock, and came in as above;
experienced fine weather as far as Lyttelton, thence strong head winds. As
it was only on Friday last we gave a detailed description of this
magnificent steamer, and being a sister ship to the Ionic, there is no
necessity for repeating it. The Coptic remains here four or five days. She
has on board the following cargo from Port Chalmers for London :- 790 bales
wool, 194 do sheepskins, 18 do rabbit skins, 23 do basils, 12 do leather, 11
casks pelts, 186 do tallow, 3066 cases preserved meats, 600 sacks wheat,
1074 do flour, 1315 do oats, 2 wheels, 21 pieces timber, 1 bale rags, 10
cases effects, 5150 carcases and 640 half do mutton, and 12 bags game.


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