Unknown Launch 08/11/2013 (probably Antares)

Unknown Launch 08/11/2013

Unknown Launch 08/11/2013

Arcturus  b

Arcturus b

Arcturus a

Arcturus a

Arcturus c

Arcturus c

Alcyone

Alcyone

photo from Helen & Richard Andrew’s family collection (grand daughter & her husband of Henry Allen -Tiromoana) ex Ken Rickitts.

Given the chat on the previous post re McGeady boats I have posted this c.1950 photo that is ‘tagged’ as a McGeady launch, interested in your views as to if this is correct & the vessels name & anymore details.

Also interested in ID’ing the launch in the background.

17/03/2015 Update
Ken R is confident that the mystery has been solved , the launch is Antares – In the photo above & you will see the white peaked cap always worn by Cyril Parker every time he went to sea, the cap was evident in all pics, also the mast & placement thereof, is identical, although the lower half of the coamings had been painted by the time the photo in question was taken & therefore Ken tends to think in the later 1950s for this one.

17 thoughts on “Unknown Launch 08/11/2013 (probably Antares)

  1. I have just established the that the UNKNOWN MCGEADY BOAT above, is in fact, definitely ANTARES.
    Have cross compared with pics with one taken from my 8mm movies which was filmed from our boat, when ANTARES was nearly new, & the pic in question, & apart form the lower half of the coaming being painted by then, all adds up. The mast is the same size, shape, & in the same place, Cyril Parker, the owner, is wearing the white peaked cap he always wore, when he went to sea, — a sort of “trademark ” of his, — (I saw him wearing it many times when we cruised together) & Karen Moren has told me, Ben Hipkins, who had worked for Supreme Craft for many years, before he took it over himself, has confirmed to her, he believes it is ANTARES as well. Tend to think that with the partially painted coamings the pic may have ben taken in the later 1950s — Q.E.D. — KEN RICKETTS

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  2. That’s LADY ALLYSON (not ELLYSON) and, as set out above, was built by Vern McGeady in 1953 for Gordon Collie.

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  3. We have found out from the people we bought her from that our boat Erinor was originally Lady Ellyson.She is at present in Lees boatyard at Sandspit Warkworth having some repair work done after a neighboring moored boat dragged its mooring and came to rest against us during a recent storm.

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  4. There’s a photo of FANTASY at p190 of the Coastguard history “Deeds not Words” by Barry Thompson. I don’t have a copy at hand.

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  5. There was an ERINOR moored at Cockle Bay late 1990’s.Can’t recall the owner’s name,but he was the Howick Borough Council building inspector. She was a McGeady launch. The launch at the start of this post could she possibly be FANTASY built by Colin Lannam at Grey Lynn 1950’s?

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  6. According the APYMBA registration records LADY ALLYSON was built by Vernon McGeady (Supreme Craft) in 1953 for J Gordon Collie of Atkin Ave., Mission Bay who owned her until at least 1967. Her registered dimensions were 33’6″ x 32′ x 10’8″ x 3’6″. A later owner was Richards. ERINOR is a new one on me.

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  7. We bought what we were told is a 1957 mcgeady kauri carvel 10.7mtrs with 11ft beam.She has had two names and we are not sure which was the original one .When we got her she was called Lady Allyson there is a brass name and life jackets on board with the name Erinor on them.
    a survey was done in 2002 under the name of Erinor.We have had her since 2007 and is moored in Jamison Bay Mahurangi

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  8. It’s not Alcyone, — compare the cabin sides of the 2 boats — Alcyone has 5 windows in total each side, the mystery boat has 4. — I know the Alcyone extremely well, & it actually has a number of differences in actual overall combings styllng.

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  9. The ARCTURAS was circa 32 – 34 ft & built by McG., for John Warren an Englishman, & she originally had a 4 cyl Buda Diesel, which was replaced in 1955-56 by a Ford Diesel, & the Buda was bought off him, by my father Ralph Ricketts, who replaced the Leyland Diesel that was in his boat the JULIANA at that time, with the Buda & later used that Leyland, as one of two, he installed in the GAY DAWN, in 1958-59. John Warren was a lovely guy, — a fairly young natural, quiet, & slightly reserved English gentleman.

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  10. I think it’s ALCYONE, built by Supreme Craft (McGeady) for Noel R. Stewart in January 1951. She had an Ailsa Craig 6 cylinder diesel. Later owners included Aubrey Webster and Humphrey Beale. Pic attached. ARCTURUS was quite different and smaller (pic attached)

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