Mystery Boats at the Zoo
photo ex Baden Pascoe
Now todays posting is a little strange, CYA member Baden Pascoe was visiting the Auckland Zoo recently & stumbled across the white launch above. So the question is – will it be included in some display or is one of the ‘keepers’ doing it up?
Also there were the ‘remains’ of the red boat as well. What appears to have been a professionally built hard chine boat of the 1930,s or 40’s.
Anyone able to ID the launch or enlighten us on whats going on ?
Update from Paul Drake
Old b/w photo of Kotahi from THE N.Z.YACHTSMAN, p 274, February 22, 1913. This launch was at Taupo for many years in the 1960’s under the same name and with a similar cabin to that shown in the zoo photo. Looking at the 1913 photo, I think the step in the hull is quite distinctive, Also the number of ports and the position of the forward port.
To my mind, there is no doubt about it!!
AUCKLAND ZOO UPDATE 21/11/13
We stumbled across this post.
Yes, we can confirm it is the Kotahi. She is being refurbished and will form part of our new Rotoroa Island Conservation Centre display, highlighting biosecurity issues in the Hauraki Gulf. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about this.
We too are very interested in her history and one of our volunteers was about to start some research on this. Any assistance you can provide would be gratefully received.
Kind regards Natalie
Head of Visitor Experience and Business Development
Auckland Zoological Park