A full-rigged iron ship built in 1869 by C. Connell & Co., Glasgow, as yard no. 65.
Dimensions: 215'6"×35'1"×20'3" and tonnage: 1165 GRT, 1116 NRT and 978 tons under deck.
- 1869 June
- Launched at the shipyard of C. Connell & Co., Glasgow, for Shaw, Savill & Co., Southampton. Assigned the official British Reg. No. 60969 and signal JGHV. Employed in the New Zealand trade.
- 1869 August 18 - November 20
- Sailed from London to Lyttelton in 84
days from Gravesend. Under command of Captain Henry Rose, late of the clipper ship
- In command of Captain James White, late of the Blue Jacket
- 1870 September 23 - December 23/24
- Sailed from London to Lyttelton in 89/91 days. During the passage she made 5044 miles in 17 consecutive days.
- 1871 September 8 - December 9
- Sailed from London to Lyttelton in 91/92 days.
- Captain White was washed overboard and drowned during the homeward bound journey.
- In command of Captain Curry.
- 1872 October 8 - January 4
- Sailed from London to Port Chalmers in 88 days.
- 1873 August 29 - November 29
- Sailed from London to Port Chalmers in 92 days.
- In command of Captain Sellers.
- 1874 July 8 - October 15
- Sailed from London to Auckland in 98 days.
- 1875 July 17 - October 27
- Sailed from London to Port Chalmers in 102 days.
- 1876 June 16 - September 18
- Sailed from London to Wellington in 94 days.
- 1877 June 4
- Left London for Wellington under command of Captain Sellars.
- 1877 July 7
- Collided with the barque Ellen Lamb in lat. 21°N.
The Ellen Lamb sank in three minutes while Zealandia was filled with water forward of the collision bulkhead. Only seven of the crew of the Ellen Lamb were saved. The eight men which were drowned including the master of the Ellen Lamb. The Zealandia had to seek refuge at Rio de Janeiro where she detained for six weeks while the job-boom, fore top-mast and fore topgallant-mast which had been lost in the collision were replaced.
- 1878 May 30 - August 28
- Sailed from London to Wellington in 90 days.
- 1879 July 7 - October 19
- Sailed from London to Wellington in 104 days.
- 1880 July 20 - October 21
- Sailed from London to Port Chalmers in 94 days, or 86 days land to land.
- 1881 September 28
- Arrived at Auckland, 115 days out from London.
- 1882 July 9 - October 10
- Sailed from Gravesend to Port Chalmers in 93
- 1883 June 2 - September 6
- Sailed from London to Auckland in 96 days under command of Captain Ruth.
- In command of Captain Phillips.
- 1884 April 16 - July 18
- Sailed from London to Wellington in 93 days.
- 1885 June 16 - September 29
- Sailed from London Wellington in 105 days.
- 1886 July 10 - October 16
- Sailed from London to Lyttelton in 98 days.
- 1887 July 24 - November 8
- Sailed from London to Auckland in 107 days.
- 1888 August 8 - December 7
- Sailed from London to Auckland in 120 days.
- 1889 June 15 - September 15
- .. to Wellington in 92 days.
- 1890 May 31 - September 17
- Sailed from London to Auckland in 109 days.
- In command of Captain Bate.
- 1891 May 9 - August 10
- Sailed from London Lyttelton in 93 days.
- 1892 April 27 - August 2
- Sailed from London to Port Chalmers in 95 days.
- 1893 June 29 - October 6
- Sailed from London to Wellington in 99 days.
- 1894 September 4 - December 11
- Sailed from London to Wellington in 93 days.
- 1895 August 17 - November 25
- Sailed from London to Port Chalmers in 97 days.
- 1897 May 29 - September 10
- Sailed from London to Bluff in 104 days.
- 1898 June 22 - September 26
- Sailed from London to Bluff in 96 days.
- 1899 June 29 - October 4
- Sailed from London to Buff in 97 days.
- 1900 ... - January 13
- Sailed from London to Nelson in 98 days.
- 1901 ... - December 15
- Sailed from London to Nelson in 97 days.
- 1902 July 17
- Sold to Rederibolaget Phoenix (Per Johan Haegerstrand), Gefle [Gävle], Sweden, for £ 4100. Assigned the official Swedish Reg. No. 4079 and signal JNBF. The new measurements were 63,01×10,64×6,14 meters and 1142 GRT, 1016 NRT and 1500 DWT.
Captain Axel Gustaf Fernell, Gefle, was given command of the ship.
[Anders Ericsson has the date July 8]
- 1904 October 15
- Transferred to Rederi AB Phoenix, Gefle.
- 1907 September
- Sold to AB Imatra (E. Manner), Viborg, Finland, for £ 2100 [SEK 50.000 or FIM 55.000] and was renamed Kaleva. The new owners re-rigged the ship as a barque. Captain D. Humalainen was given command of the ship.
[Lille gives the date November 7 and Anders Ericsson October 7]
- Sold to Viipurin Laiva OY, Viborg.
- 1911 March 17
- Stranded at Pubnico, Nova Scotia, on voyage from Bahia Blanca to Tusket Wedge.
- 1911 March 30
- Refloated and brought to Yarmouth, NS, at a cost of $ 3000. She was subsequently sold to Charles Brister, Halifax. Some sources say that she was broken up at Yarmouth other state that she served as a coal hulk at Halifax.
- Square-rigged ships, general references.
- Svenska järn- och stålseglare.
Båtologen Årg. 29-31 (1991-93).
- Brett, Henry: White Wings. Fifty Years of Sail in the New Zealand Trade 1850-1900.
The Brett Printing Company, Auckland, 1924.
- Brett, Henry: White Wings. Founding of the Provinces and Old-Time Shipping Passenger Ships from 1840 to 1885.
The Brett Printing Company, Auckland, 1928.
- Davies, A.G.: Re R.W. Leyland & Co.'s Fleet (Roll of Honour, June and July).
Sea Breezes Vol. XIX (1934-35), p 59.
- Leek, B.M.: These Splendid Ships: The Shaw Savill & Albion
Motorship Canopic of 1935.
Sea Breezes Vol. 65, Liverpool, 1991. pp 790-796, ill.
- Lille, Sten & Grönstrand, Lars: Finlands djupvattenseglare.
Etelä-soumen kustannus oy, Lieto, 1979.
- Mallett, Alan S.: Twentieth Century Shipowners: Basil, Baron Sanderson of Ayot.
Sea Breezes Vol. 58, Liverpool, 1984. pp 676-685, ill.
Basil Sanderson is a name which is inseparable from the history
of the Shaw Savill and Albion Co. Ltd.
- Savill, David: Sail to New Zealand. The Story of Shaw Savill
& Co. 1858-1882.
Robert Hale, London, 1986.
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