Alcyone

Alcyone

ALCYONE

photo & details ex Ken Ricketts

Built by McGeady c.1947 for a Mr Stewart, an accountant of Suddley St. Orakei, (right opposite Henry Allen owner of ‘Tiromoana’) she was to have had 2 Redwing petrol engines, but Stewart changed his mind during construction & fitted 1 Ailsa Craig instead. Stewart sold her in mid to late 1950s to Aubrey Webster, the founder & owner of Trimol Laboratories, who replaced the Ailsa Craig with a 6LW Gardner, about 1960, which Ken thinks she still has today. He owned her until the mid to late 1960’s & sold her to Humphrey Beale, who owned until at least the late 1980s or early 1990s. Beale was a real estate agent, who used her extensively for taking clients to Rakino, Waiheke & Gt Barrier. Ken lost track of her after he sold her. Webster was a family friend of Ken’s, as also was Beale, who Ken shared the same occupation with (real estate) for many years.

Harold Kidd Update

ALCYONE was built for Noel Stewart of Sudeley St Orakei by Supreme Craft (McGeady) and launched in January 1951, fitted originally with a 6 cylinder Ailsa Craig diesel engine. Stewart sold her to A.A. Webster of Takapuna some time before 1964 when Webster had her registered with Lloyd’s Yacht Register, still with the 1950-built Ailsa Craig. Webster still owned her in 1973 according to APYMBA records.The image above was taken during the welcome for the GOTHIC on its arrival in Auckland for the Royal Visit, 23/12/1953, when the AMYC was out in force.

30/03/2015 New photo ex Sea Spray ex B Worthington ex Ken Ricketts

8 thoughts on “Alcyone

  1. Hi Mark, do you happen to have any photos of Alcyone or any other info? My email address is kmoren2010@gmail.com if you do.
    Granddads boating history means a lot to me. 😃

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  2. I knew all of these people & boats very well as they were also part of my family’s life also, & the MANUROA which had been renamed by Len Swan c1954 was originally called DOREEN by the person Garth Lane built her for, Gordon Mace, which was named after his wife, & she had a 6 LW Gardner from new & the ALCYONE originally had an Ailsa Craig, but by 1961 she also had a 6 LW Gardner, the same as the DOREEN, & it is interesting that the 2 boats had a noticeable differential in speed – perhaps Mac McGeady got a better bottom shape on ALCYONE, which was beamier of the 2 of them, than Lane did on DOREEN. — KEN R

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  3. I well remember the Alcyone and Mr Aub Webster and family first meeting them at Port Fitzroy in the summer of 1961 as a young kid on my dads launch the Manuroa.We cruised with them and also Mr and Mrs Max Burrill on theTangaroa and also Mr and Mrs Fred Brake on the Seaway Fair and Mr and Mrs Marmont on the Siesta.The Alcyone had a very powerful engine and was much faster than the old Gardner powered Manuroa. Mark Alloway Whitianga

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  4. As I aid in my input in to the mystery boat she couldindeed be a Mc Geady but she is quite a bit smaller & probably a little newer& there are quite wotthwhile differences in the cabin top shape – KEN RICKETTS

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  5. Not sure that this is the Mystery Launch 07/10 as the cabin extends further forward in pic of Alcyone than the mystery vessel

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  6. ALCYONE was built for Noel Stewart of Sudeley St Orakei by Supreme Craft (McGeady) and launched in January 1951, fitted originally with a 6 cylinder Ailsa Craig diesel engine. Stewart sold her to A.A. Webster of Takapuna some time before 1964 when Webster had her registered with Lloyd’s Yacht Register, still with the 1950-built Ailsa Craig. Webster still owned her in 1973 according to APYMBA records.The image above was taken during the welcome for the GOTHIC on its arrival in Auckland for the Royal Visit, 23/12/1953, when the AMYC was out in force.

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