White Cloud

WHITE CLOUD

A 1968 McGeady bridgedecker, the current owner knows little about her past other than she is believed to have been a charter vessel at one time.

Can anyone provide some more details?

Harold Kidd Update

According to APYMBA’s yacht and launch records WHITE CLOUD was built by Supreme Craft (McGeady) in 1966 for J.S. Menzies of Hill Road, Manurewa and was fitted with an 80hp Foden diesel. Her dimensions were 36’10” x 34′ x 12′ x 4’3″. Menzies still owned her in 1973.

26/01/2015 Photos below (ex Ken Rickett) show White Cloud leaving the Supreme Craft shed/yard.

21 thoughts on “White Cloud

  1. Hi Edward, I would be interested in contacting you directly to hear more about the history of ‘White Cloud’ to add to my research if that is possible.
    My email is kmoren2010@gmail.com

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  2. Hi Cousin! Surprise surprise!
    My email is Tony@princetondriver.com, my Mother Edith, was the youngest sister of Nell who I believe was your Fathers Mother. As I child I knew Nell and believe I met your Dad who was a close friend of my half brother Frank Withers.

    Tony Clarkson, Princeton USA

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  3. Does the name Len Buckby ring a bell? Len was/is my cousin, son of my aunt Nell. My wife and I are planning to visit NZ from USA in February 2018 and hope to find some trace of my mothers sisters who left England for Auckland in the early 1900s. There family name was BARFORD. I believe Len sailed to NZ after WW2 with my brother Frank Withers who returned to U.K. after having reached the west coast of Africa.

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  4. My father Len Buckby had white cloud built and under survey as a charter launch for game fishing she worked with a skipper out of Kauwau for some years she was fitted wuth an 84 hp 4 cyl foden two stroke diesel which I converted from a generator set up into a marine engine the main variations being in the fuel pump and the mountings
    The boat was sentimentally named by my father for his first launch white cloud that we used to travel too pre war to mailensea in england as he had spent his boyhood in nz and fell in love with the name.
    When fodenway motors sold out to fodens ltd of the uk and father took over the russel garage from me money became tight and she was sold to repay bank debentures and outstanding debts.Father died in Parua Bay and still owned a 30 ft launch and a concrete yacht
    Edward Buckby

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  5. Hi Bruce, just wondering if you have any other info regarding Supreme Craft boats and or any info about my Grandfather Mac McGeady!

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  6. white cloud was built for len buckby who was at that time the foden agent in new Zealand, it was delivered from ponsonby to penrose where it was completed . I was an apprentice diesel mechanic and personally worked on her. it was charted for a few years. len became a well known ship broker in whangarei in later years

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  7. Actually I wouldn’t “lean towards APYMBA records” to that extent. They are only as good as what the owner tells the APYMBA and become increasingly dodgy as the time extends from first launch to first registration.
    For this reason, the Register of British Ships and similar registers have to be scrutinized very carefully.
    I totally accept Karen’s information as correct.

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  8. Hi Karen – are you able to disclose the source of the ‘reliable information’ – as Ken points out below, info can be wrongly recorded or distorted over time. I personally would lean towards APYMBA records. AH

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  9. Excellent update Karen, — just shows how records &/or histories can be wrongly recorded or distorted as the years go by, — (as well as the appearance of the boats themselves quite often, of course, which, sadly, often tends to be for the worse rather than better, aesthetically. KEN RICKETTS

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  10. I have reliable information stating ‘White Cloud’ was ordered by Mr. Len Buckby of Fodenway Motors, Penrose and it was Mac who took the order and designed the hull. The company was still known as Supreme Craft but ‘White Cloud’ was built by Ben Hipkins and Gary Wheeler as per photos ‘White Cloud’ leaving 1A Summer Street, Ponsonby, June 1965.
    By this time Mac was no longer owner of Supreme Craft due to ill health and Ben Hipkins had taken over the business.
    The final fit out was done at Fodenway Motors, Penrose and launched possibly at Tamaki River by Mr. Buckby.
    Brian Ritchie was appointed Captain of the ‘White Cloud’ running from Tamaki and the Kawau Islands.

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  11. WHITE CLOUD was the last boat to come out of 1A Summer St, so the pics I have sent to Alan, in my view, are very special. — KEN RICKETTS

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  12. Have just received 2 wonderful pics of her leaving the shed at 1A Summer St Ponsonby, (half way out the door actually, in one of them), — fabulous pics to me personally, — brings back many memories!!!, which confirm she was not launched in 1966, but in June 1965, & very sadly all forms of the coamings referred to, to date, as above, are not the slightest bit like original absolutely beautiful & sleek teak topsides as in 1965. — She is a totally different boat. Looked a little like Norm Fairlie’s CHALLENGER. Perhaps, (wistfully), one day she may return to her original concept.
    I’ve sent them off to Alan of course — KEN RICKETTS

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  13. Hi Ken

    The combings that I had removed were exactly the same shape and size as the new ones. However I do have a very old spec sheet on board the boat with an historical photo of White Cloud from the 70’s I could scan & send next time I am over there. Also, there was a red flybridge canopy fitted that gave the combings a slightly different look – I removed the flybridge canopy late last year as the canvas needs replacement.

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  14. Thank you for that Kim. — Do you by chance have an photos of her pre combings replacment – You can send them to kenpat@ihug.co.nz if you have any & you would like to let me see them– Thank you so much — KEN R

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  15. Yes the combings were completely replaced in November 2012 as the old ones had extensive rot. You could almost have punched a hole through them before the replacement work was done. Also replaced were the flybridge windscreens, and the odd patch on the upper and lower coachroofs. New seacocks, 3x auto blige pumps, a shower sump pump, and I installed a digital TV and other modcons.

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  16. Has she had new, or substantilaly new, combings? — I don’t recognise her as a Mc Geady at all, in her present format, ( & I know many of them). . If combings have been changed, do you have a pic of her as original?

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  17. Thanks Harold. The engine has since been replaced, she now has a 130HP ford, installed by Moon Engines. Extensive exterior and plumbing work was undertaken late 2012.

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  18. According to APYMBA’s yacht and launch records WHITE CLOUD was built by Supreme Craft (McGeady) in 1966 for J.S. Menzies of Hill Road, Manurewa and was fitted with an 80hp Foden diesel. Her dimensions were 36’10” x 34′ x 12′ x 4’3″. Menzies still owned her in 1973.

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