photo & details ex Ken Ricketts
Built by Oliver & Gilpin in 1965 for Sir William Stephenson for his lakeside property at Lake Rotoiti.
She was built for the Queen to use, whilst she stayed at his property, for the Royal Visit of that time, according to Roy & Shona Markovina, the present owners.
They are unsure as to whether or not the Queen actually went on the boat, but are fairly confident she did so.
As one can see, she is a very classic & original Oliver & Gilpin, with the possible exception of the flying bridge, which may have been added later.
The boat was sold to a gentleman, unknown at this stage, who took her to Auckland, who sold her to a Mr & Mrs Graham & Margaret Radford, who had her for a number of years & kept her at the Sandspit. They eventually sold her to the present owners, who have had her for 21 years & she has been moored at Gulf harbour for all of that time.
She presently has a 6 cyl., 135 HP Ford Diesel, but originally had a Chrysler petrol engine, in her early days on the lake, according to info Ken has been given by Roy & Shona.
She is presently (Nov 2013) on the hardstand at Gulf Harbour in the process of a hull repaint.
Harold Kidd Update
I spoke to my cousin Ted Gilpin about this boat, as so many launches were built in the Oliver & Gilpin style and claim O&G provenance and she’s not on the list he prepared for me some years ago of true O&G launches. Ted does remember building her for Bill Stevenson but doesn’t remember her under that name and doesn’t think the Queen ever went on her.
PS I got a shade worried about Ted’s recall so rang his younger brother Jimmy to find that Ted is actually going into a home today, and has lost a lot of his memory. Jimmy clearly remembers the commission. They had built JOANNE for Bill Stevenson which impressed him greatly. He ordered a smaller version for his Lake Rotoiti property. Ted and Jimmy went to the Lake and measured up Stevenson’s boatshed and Ana Maree (he thought she was called ANNE MARIE) was built to fit it. She was launched in May 1965 with a 220hp V8 Chrysler Crown. Jimmy is sending me up a press cutting of her launching which I’ll post.
B/W Photo added ex Brian Worthington of Ana Maree / Anne Maree / Anna Marie (spelling?)