Great 1930’s movie featuring the launch Waitangi

Fantastic 1930’s movie footage of the launch Waitangi & another motor boat doing close maneuvers between the rocks east of Hooks Bay. The first 1/4 has some great aerial footage of Waiheke Island back then. The skipper must have known the area like the back of his hand because remember there were no gps or depth sounders in those days. All boats I believe were owned the the Stein family.
Waitangi certainly had a bit of zoom zoom in those days -petrol Kermit engine, replaced c.1955 with a diesel.

The movie is titled ‘Beautiful Waiheke’ & I suspect was a promotional movie for Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand. Filmed c.1930 by Alex Lambourne. Features the classic launch Waitangi. The white dinghy in the rowing sequence is called ‘The Beagle’.
Starring Peter Stein, Dean Ellingham, Alan Lambourne, Joan Woollams, Arthur Nicholson, Cynthia Restall, Shirley Vicary + others

Thanks to Roger Guthrie (brother of CYA member Graham) for forwarding this footage to waitematawoodys.

4 thoughts on “Great 1930’s movie featuring the launch Waitangi

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  2. We all thought that extreme sports are something new!!!
    I don’t know, those irresponsible young married men of those days created what we now have. I will have to get Mr.Pollards and James Falcon to have a chat too them about this silly behavior.

    That’s a bloody nice looking clinker that chap is doing those tricks in.

    I have some footage on the regattas held at Bon Accord Harbour ex Harry Julian, I will put on the site. I am sure Ken will recognize many of the boats and people. I will give a copy to Peter Soljak as he was at most of these and he can fill us in on some details as well.
    Very great stuff, keep it coming.


  3. Hi Alan….Don’t think it was a promo film at all. All the team had baches in Arran Bay and I suspect with movie camera’s being a bit of a new thing, decided to create a movie for the fun of doing it. It filled in time over their holidays. Agree with you….scary footage going through the narrow rocky passages at speed….most of us wouldn’t do it today slowly despite GPS info.


  4. Hi Alan… Great movie.. Scary stuff with those rocks!
    In the blurb you have Waitangi as having a Kermit(as in frog):-)… It’s a Kermath.. Rorqual had a Kermath Sea Raider v12.. Waitangi probably had a 6 cyl 300 odd HP .. They specialised in big donks.
    Neat movie


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