Lightning 1857 and Zealandic 1918

richard mcneill
29th April 2008, 13:35
Hi, Interested in anyone who knows about the above ships. I am a doing family history project. My great great grandfather, a merchantile clerk,came out to Australia from England on the Lightning in 1857. He was in the captain's cabin.

My grandfather sailed on SS Zealandic, a troop ship, during WW1 from Melbourne to Southampton via Capetown in 1918. I am currently transcribing his war diary including the record of the journey.


Richard McNeill

non descript
29th April 2008, 13:41
Richard, A warm welcome to you. Thank you for joining the community and hpefully someone will be able to add some information on these two ships; enjoy the site and all it has to offer, and we very much look forward to your postings in due course. Bon Voyage

Bruce Carson
29th April 2008, 13:46
Richard, a warm welcome to Ships Nostalgia.
The 'Lightning' was one of Donald McKay's masterpieces and you'll find many items on her if you Google her name:
A picture of her burning at Geelong in 1869:

The 'Zealandic' was also well known and she also may be found through Google:


29th April 2008, 15:04
Greetings Richard and welcome to SN. Bon voyage.

K urgess
29th April 2008, 16:07
Welcome aboard, Richard.
I see the crew have been helpful already as usual.
Find your way around the ship and enjoy the voyage.

29th April 2008, 22:43
Welcome from Lancashire UK.

I hope you will enjoy the site.