Arethusa & Winsome

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The Boats of H Pickmere

photos ex Dean Wright. details by Alan H

Arethusa was used extensively by Hereward Pickmere during WWII when he was employed by the Lands & Survey Dept. to survey Northland’s coastline. Arethusa started off life as a gaff rigged cutter (see b/w photo with a 30’ long boom), she was built in 1917 by Bob Brown at Sulphur Beach, Northcote. Carvel planked kauri – 33′ 4″ with a 11′ 7″ beam.  She was converted to a launch in approx. 1955 after being wrecked & salvaged post a grounding on Farewell Spit on a passage from New Plymouth to Nelson. You can view some wonderful old images of her & the Pickmere family cruises on Dean’s website:

http://deanwright.co.nz/arethusa-log-sub/123-pickmeres-my-arethusa.html

Arethusa was sold in 1943 & the Winsome acquired. She is described as a 34′ flush-decked launch built by Bailey & Lowe (that will please HDK) in 1918 with a draft of 2′ 7″ & had previously been owned by Hereward’s father since 1923.

Both boats still live in the Bay of Islands & you can view further details on Arethusa here: http://deanwright.co.nz/arethusa.html

photos – the 2 colour photos of Arethusa and Winsome together were taken by Dean earlier this year in the Bay. The b/w sketch below of Winsome is ‘borrowed’ from Pickmere’s Atlas of the Northland coast.

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Update 25-07-2018 ex Arethusa owner, Dean Wright. The cutting below show Arethusa leaving Auckland on-route to Suva.

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11 thoughts on “Arethusa & Winsome

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  2. Arethusa presently has a 135 hp Ford Diesel, but will shortly have a 4LW Gardner, which is being made ready to replace it.

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  3. Haven’t got immediate access to my ’55 “Sea Sprays”, but I think “Arethusa” was wrecked at the entrance to Whanganui Harbour, at the northern end of the West Coast, rather than Farewell Spit itself.

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  4. Harold
    The copy below if lifted direct from Pickmere’s book / atlas –

    “During the Second World War Hereward was employed by the Lands and Survey Department to survey Northland’s coastline for military mapping purposes”

    Alan H

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  5. I question your statement that “Pick” was employed by the Lands & Survey Dept to map the Northland coast. I think it was a labour of love.

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