White Wings Vol I. Fifty Years Of Sail In The New Zealand Trade, 1850 TO 1900
the Parsee, a fine clipper ship of 1281 tons, was built at Greenock in 1869, and was originally intended (as may be implied by her name) for an "India-man." Prior to coming to New Zealand she traded between the Clyde and India, and in the early days made some very fast runs. She completed four voyages to the Dominion, her best run being 84½ days to Port Chalmers, port to port.
the Parsee At Port Chalmers.
The "Daily Southern Cross," announcing the ship's arrival, stated: "She brings out a fine batch of immigrants, including a number of comely girls."
the Parsee on her next voyage sailed from Gravesend with 246 passengers on June 11, and arrived at Port Chalmers on September 4, 1874, still in command of Captain Nelson. She made a good run of 24 days to the Equator, which was crossed on July 6, and anchored atpage 177 Port Chalmers on September 4, making the passage in 84½ days, port to port.
After an interval of nine years the Parsee again visited Port Chalmers. She left London on February 1 in charge of Captain Bailey, and arrived on May 15, 1883, the passage occupying 103 days, port to port.
A lapse of another eight years, and the Parsee was once more sent to Port Chalmers with a general cargo. She sailed from Gravesend on November 1, 1890, under Captain Pinel, and arrived at Port Chalmers on February 9, 1891, making the passage in 99 days, port to port.