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Two memorable events of shipping importance to Gisborne, Poverty Bay: H.M.S. Philomel and Collier Kaitangata, the first man-o'-war and the largest steamship to enter the port. Gisborne was en fete on February 20. At mid-day the wharves and waterfront were lined with crowds of sightseers. The shipping in port was gay with bunting, and a cordial welcome was accorded to the H.M.S. Philomel - the first unit of the Royal Navy to berth at the wharf at the historic port of Poverty Bay. The river channel was negotiated without the least difficulty, about an hour and a half before high water. The Philomel was drawing 15ft forward and 17ft aft. She is registered on the Navy List as of 2575 tons. Probably the most imposing sight ever seen in Gisborne in connection with shipping was witnessed on February 18, when the Union Station Shipping Company's collier Kaitangata, the largest steamer to enter the river, glided up the channel with the tender Tuatea in attendance. The Kaitangata negotiated the channel with perfect ease, although she was drawing 17ft of water. No difficultly was experienced in swinging the vessel and she was safely moored alongside the Kaiti Wharf. The previous largest steamer to enter the river was the Union Steam Ship Company's Karori, which visited Gisborne a few weeks ago. She is 282ft long, whilst the Kaitangata measures 10ft longer, and is of greater tonnage (1981 tons).

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AWNS-19140226-50-2

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Borham, E B
Auckland Weekly News Borham, E B Auckland Weekly News
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Date
26 FEBRUARY 1914

Date Period
1910-1919

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Gisborne, Poverty Bay, H M S Philomel, Kaitangata, Collier, Man-o-war, Steamships, Ports, Wharves, Waterfront, Crowds, Royal Navy, Rivers, Navy, Shipping, Union Steamship Company, Tuatea, Kaiti Wharf, KaroriGisbornePoverty BayH M S PhilomelKaitangataCollierMan-o-warSteamshipsPortsWharvesWaterfrontCrowdsRoyal NavyRiversNavyShippingUnion Steamship CompanyTuateaKaiti WharfKarori
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Taken from the supplement to the Auckland Weekly News 26 FEBRUARY 1914 p050

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Showing two memorable events of shipping importance to Gisborne, Poverty Bay: H.M.S. Philomel and collier Kaitangata, the first man-o'-war and the largest steamship to enter the port. Gisborne was in festivities on February 20. At mid-day the wharves and waterfront were lined with crowds of sightseers. The shipping in port was gay with bunting, and a cordial welcome was accorded to the H.M.S. Philomel - the first unit of the Royal Navy to berth at the wharf at the historic port of Poverty Bay. The river channel was negotiated without the least difficulty, about an hour and a half before high water. The Philomel was drawing 15ft forward and 17ft aft. She is registered on the Navy List as of 2575 tons. Probably the most imposing sight ever seen in Gisborne in connection with shipping was witnessed on February 18, when the Union Steamship Company's collier Kaitangata, the largest steamer to enter the river, glided up the channel with the tender Tuatea in attendance. The Kaitangata negotiated the channel with perfect ease, although she was drawing 17ft of water. No difficultly was experienced in swinging the vessel and she was safely moored alongside the Kaiti Wharf. The previous largest steamer to enter the river was the Union Steam Ship Company's Karori, which visited Gisborne a few weeks ago. She is 282ft long, whilst the Kaitangata measures 10ft longer, and is of greater tonnage (1981 tons).