Maro

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MARO

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

Ken is fairly certain this is Maro, his thinking is based on the fact that he saw Maro regularly in the mid to later 1940’s & given that the owner of Maro (Les Webber) was close friends of Henry & Alma Allen whose photo collection this photo came from. The NAPS number (329) should provide the answer.

Ken is uncertain who built her but suggests she is 34 – 36 ft long, circa 8 ft 6 inches beam, possibly built by either – Baileys, Dick Lang or even the Lanes (not Garth). Or perhaps none of those.

Les Webber, owner & founder of the Plummer Hat Company in Auckland, owned her in the mid to later 40s until 1950, & possibly for a period before that. He replaced her with the Amakura eventually, in 1950 -1955.

When Ken knew her she had a Graymarine 6 cyl approx 90h.p. petrol engine. She was used very regularly & had not been “fiddled with” as far as I could see, at that time.

Help with a positive ID & any details on her would be appreciated.

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Harold Kidd Update

It’s MARO all right, but certainly was “fiddled with” and Ken is “Wildly” astray.

1. She was built as the 33 footer THISTLE by M. Forsyth of Bayswater in late 1909, early 1910 

2. Harold Wiles and Percy Howden bought her in the winter of 1922.

3. Wiles seems then to have taken over ownership.

4. Wiles re-engined her with a 40hp Stearns, for which he was NZ agent.

5. Wiles handed her to Colin Wild to rebuild in November 1925, replacing her “compromise stern” with a tuck stern and lengthening her by 3′ 6″ in the process.

6. After the rebuild Wiles renamed her LADY MARGARET.

7. When Wiles commissioned Wild to build LADY MARGARET II in 1928, he sold this launch, LADY MARGARET I, to Dr. C.J. Long.

8. When LADY MARGARET II was launched, Long changed her name to MARO, took out the high-powered Stearns, which went into MOLLIE (later ALCESTIS/RAIONA) and put in a Universal 4 cylinder.

9. She remained in Long’s ownership until just before WW2 when L R H Webber bought her and was her skipper with NAPS in 1942-3 as Z25.

and so on…………………

8 thoughts on “Maro

  1. Wonderfull photo of Maro. I spent 3 months on board during th polio epidemic in 1946.Les and Mildred Webber were my god parents and best friends of my Mum and Dad . All ex Dunedin
    Really chuffed at the info you put up , many thanks . I wonder if Graham [ Guff] is still alive ?
    Rob Walker

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  2. Unless this is a situation of many boats with the same name, or same owner same name many boats: This is not the Lady Margaret which was lengthened from round to tuck stern.

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  4. PS it was a history that I have corroborated and cross-referenced from reports in contemporary newspapers and magazines from 1910 to 1945.

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  5. Actually her history was pretty well known at the time because it was discussed in the leading article on Harold Wiles in the December 1936 issue of N.Z. Yachtsman magazine which dealt with her as the first LADY MARGARET. A copy of that was posted on WW in Ken’s article on LADY MARGARET II (which he insisted was the first LADY MARGARET despite the contents of the article!)

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  6. Sounds like MAVIS B/OMANA all over again, with a long & checkered history, — i could of course have had no idea as Les Webber & Henry Allen, who were the people associated when I knew her, I’m sure did not know the full history & of course coud not have passed it on to me — the work was very well done in the development of her as she is in the pic, I could not have guessed by looking — KEN RICKETTS

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  7. It’s MARO all right, but certainly was “fiddled with” and Ken is “Wildly” astray.
    1. She was built as the 33 footer THISTLE by M. Forsyth of Bayswater in late 1909, early 1910
    2. Harold Wiles and Percy Howden bought her in the winter of 1922.
    3. Wiles seems then to have taken over ownership.
    4. Wiles re-engined her with a 40hp Stearns, for which he was NZ agent.
    5. Wiles handed her to Colin Wild to rebuild in November 1925, replacing her “compromise stern” with a tuck stern and lengthening her by 3′ 6″ in the process.
    6. After the rebuild Wiles renamed her LADY MARGARET.
    7. When Wiles commissioned Wild to build LADY MARGARET II in 1928, he sold this launch, LADY MARGARET I, to Dr. C.J. Long.
    8. When LADY MARGARET II was launched, Long changed her name to MARO, took out the high-powered Stearns, which went into MOLLIE (later ALCESTIS/RAIONA) and put in a Universal 4 cylinder.
    9. She remained in Long’s ownership until just before WW2 when L R H Webber bought her and was her skipper with NAPS in 1942-3 as Z25.
    and so on…………………

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