Ana Maree

ANA MAREE

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?)

9 thoughts on “Ana Maree

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  2. Hi
    I purchased Ana Maree in April as a project. She was a bit run down due to previous owners I’ll health but I am working my way through and also clocking up a few miles.
    She is a delight for me to own as she has such pretty lines. Not quite original with the extended cabin but works for us. Exterior is mostly done all but some hand rails. Have re done upholstery and just needs a bit of paint and trimming inside. ( won’t apologise for aluminium hatches as boat is now dry)

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  3. We are the proud owners of Lady Vee launched in 1966 as Laura May. She is up for a 50 yrs birthday refit at Milford Boat Builder with Geoff Bagnall. Interested people are welcome to visit she will be up for another 3 months until August 2016 and then back to Westpark marina

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  4. Nigel is right. She was built for Taupo not Rotoiti. Attached are some cuttings from (I think) the Bay of Plenty Times of 8th May 1965 and a day or two later perhaps, supplied by Jimmy Gilpin.
    In the photo under construction her forward ports haven’t yet been installed.

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  5. I remember Anna Marie being at Taupo in the 1960’s. She was kept in a boat shed on the Waikato river opposite the Taupo township and was seen occasionally out on the lake. We were always led to believe that the boat and shed were Sir William Stevenson’s.

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  6. Anna Marie was built in 1965 by Oliver and Gilpin for Sir William Stevenson who owned a property and boat shed that it was kept in at Lake Rotoiti.
    The Queen was visiting and supposed to go out on the vessel but never did.
    Have a photo of Anna Marie as it was lauched.
    Brian Worthington.
    classicboatsnewzealand.com

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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.

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