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Tbe popularity of marine excursions to Akaroa does not by any means seem to show any falling off, and about 900 excursionists took advantage of tbe beautiful weather on New Year's Day to make the trip from Lyttelton to Akaroa in the ferry steamer Wahine. The Wahine, which is the fastest steamer in Australasia, established a record run to tbiß port by accomplishing the journey in 2£ hours, coming and returning.

The number of excursionists comfortably filled the spacious full length promenade deck of the Wabiue, svbich left Lyttelton wharf at 9.8 a,m, The day was exceedingly rearm, and the sea was an oily calm, there being little more wind than "tbit created by the surf and the movement of the steamer, Clearing Gociley Head at 922 a.m., the Wabine averaged slightly over 18f knots to Akaroa Heads, which were entered at 11.14 a.m., the stretch having been covered in 1 hour 52 minutes. r % : As ;he tide was low the Wabine did "not go alongside Akaroa wharf, but let go her anchor at 11.35 a.m. about a quarter of a mile out. The collier Karamu acted as tender, and landed the people about 12,30 p.m. The weather was oppressively hot at Akarott, but the run ashore was very enjoyable. The Wabine and Kararnu started on the return journey shortly after 4 p m., but the latter vessel was soon out of sight astern. Leaving her anchorage at 4 25 p m., and clearing Akaroa Heads at 4 48 p.m., the Wabine made even better time on the | homeward run. A strong, hot nor' wester was blowing, but the fast steaming wa3 thoroughly enjoyable. The Wahine, on six boilers, and without being pressed; steamed from beads to heads in the record time of 1 hour 40 minutes, averaging 19J knots. Godley Head was passed at 628 p.m., and the steamer reached Lyttelton at 6.49 p.m. Captain Aldwell displayed great skill in berthing the Wahine against strong nor'west wind, which blew in fierce guat3, while the steamer was manoeuvring The passengers left for Christchurch by special train at 7.20 p.m.

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MARINE EXCURSION., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4361, 3 January 1914

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MARINE EXCURSION. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4361, 3 January 1914

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