Launch Number CoquetteCoquette

Coquette, 1912 Logan designed . Coquette was used to take a mould off for the popular Logan 33 f/glass replicas e.g. Lucille, Lady Dorothy, Lynette.
The early shot ( with number 201) with dodger would have been taken c. 1926

Update from Robin Elliott 

Coquette was launched as Doreen in 1912, built by Arch Logan for his brother Robert, who named her Doreen after their sister.By 1915 (??) she was named Haku & renamed Coquette c1923.That b&w photo above was taken c1942 or so and carries her wartime number. 

Around 1945 Bill Couldrey (one of Arch Logan’s preferred boatbuilders) was asked to modernise the cabin and superstructure and this is what we see on her today. He got the curves and proportions just right. This revamped design of Bill Couldrey’s was also copied for the GRP Logan 33’s.

Photos of her as Doreen can be viewed in the book ‘The Logans – NZ’s Greatest Boat Building Family’ & as Coquette in the book’Vintage NZ Launches’. Both books by Harold Kidd & Robin Elliott & still available in good book stores.
Photo added as Coquettee c.1964, ex Ken Ricketts 15/10/2014
 17-03-2016 photos ex trademe

6 thoughts on “Coquette

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  2. The top pic was probably taken during the latter end of WW2, say early 1945, when petrol was becoming available again. COQUETTE carries her wartime control number 201. This was required for vessels going in and out of the anti-submarine defence “boom” at the harbour entrance. Theoretically boats would have been fired on by shore batteries if they did not carry these numbers and report in and out to guard vessels. It didn’t happen on the Waitemata but it did happen at Lyttelton in October 1939 when Jim Brassell, George Brassell’s father’s fishing boat, DOLPHIN, was fired on. Jim was struck by a shell and went down with the boat .


  3. The 1964 original print of the photo I have been loaned, has the hand written inscription on the back “Colin & Phil’s boat 1964” — KEN R


  4. i think the number 201 was an identifcation number for leaving and entering auckland harbour during ww2.also she did not have the timber dodger in 1926,i have several later photos,and she has a collapsible canvas doger in them.this photo is probably taken in the early 1940s.


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