The Monowai’s engineers pose proudly for a Christmas card by enterprising Port Chalmers photographer David De Maus. The men had every reason to be pleased with their berth. When delivered in 1890, the 3,433-ton Monowai was the biggest ship in the Union Company fleet. She was also speedy, making 14.5 knots on trials and 12.5 in service. In 1894 she made a record passage from San Francisco and delivered the British mails at Auckland 31 days after their dispatch from London.
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Museum of Wellington City and Sea
Photograph by David Alexander De Maus
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