Friday, July 17, 2009

Richard Haydon: Shipboard Diary to New Zealand, 1883 - #6

The SS Nelson, sister ship to SS Taranaki. Photographed by Alexander De Maus, at Port Chalmers, Otago in 1883, quite possibly at the end of the voyage that Richard Haydon records in his diary. Owned by the Shaw Saville Line, the Nelson completed 14 voyages to Port Chalmers from the UK between 1874 and 1889.

5 September

A fine day the ship is still pitching and rolling she sailing splendid today is going at the rate of 10 miles had a birth aboard Mrs Ward of a son all's well.

6 September

A fine day sailing about 11 miles an hour we felled in with the ship called the Nelson belonging to Glasgow she is a sister ship to the Taranaki she is loaded with passengers on board from Scotland bound for Port Chalmers the capital of Dunedin N. Zealand.

7 September

A fine day beginning to get a little cooler. Nelson in sight of us today another sail hoved in sight about 5 [or?] 6 o'clock this evening sailing about 10 miles an hour today.

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