On her visit to Wellington the Rodney brought out 23 saloon and 487 steerage passengers. She sailed from the Downs on the 7th, and Lizard on the 10th June, 1875, and experience unfavorable light winds to the Line, which was crossed on the 23rd July. Thence she had a fine run to the New Zealand coast, Cape Farewell being sighted on the 27th August, 77 days from the Lizard. She was off Cape Terawhiti the following day, but was compelled to wait for a pilot until the 29th August, 1875, when she anchored in Wellington harbour, 82 days port to port. There were 10 deaths during the voyage, mostly children, and six births; also one wedding.
After her one voyage to New Zealand, the Rodney was engaged in the Sydney and Melbourne trade for many years, and was always a favorite with passengers. Mr. Basil Lubbock, in Colonial Clippers, states: "The Rodney's best passage was to Sydney in 1887, when under Captain Harwood Barrett. On this occasion she ran from the Lizard to Sydney in 67 days, and 68 days from pilot to Sydney. Her best passage Home was 77 days from Sydney to London; her best run to Melbourne was 71 days in 1882, and to Adelaide, 74 days in 1880." In 1897 the Rodney was sold to a French firm and converted into a barque. A few years later, in December 1901, she was wrecked on the Cornish coast, the crew being saved. Captain Louttit sailed the Rodney for 13 years, after which he held a position in Melbourne, where, I am informed, he died some years ago.