Lady Rae

LADY RAE

Designed & built by Chas Bailey Jnr. in 1950, Lady Rae is a 12m,  kauri planked , carvel bridge decker, powered by a 120hp Ford.

Given her very distinctive style , I would be keen to learn more on her past & design influences .

Harold Kidd Update

She was built for Ken Simpson of Ventnor Road, Remuera. He owned her for many years, at least as late as 1967. She seems to have been a sister ship to GALA LASS built for A.H. Hurt of St Heliers about the same time. As for design, the styling cues were in every issue of “Rudder” and “Motor-Boat and Yachting” magazines of the time and ultimately derived from mid-1930’s American automotive design. If you half shut your eyes, LADY RAE looks quite like, say, a 1936 Dodge sedan, flat windscreen and all.

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  1. Pingback: Lady Rae | waitematawoodys.com #1 for classic wooden boat stories, info, advice & news – updated daily

  2. In my most recent conversation with David S., I think we may have clarified the Ford V8/Redwing confusion a little, as on reflection, David feels the conversations his father had re Redwings, may have been in respect of the RUAMANO, which at that time, belonged to Jim Luke , who was a good friend of K.S. & she was also moored in Whakatakataka Bay & had 2` Redwings, until circa 1946-47, which were replaced by a single Graymarine Diesel, (Virtually a GM Detroit 6-71) & that combined with Derek Molander’s well timed input, makes me feel, that my own original strong recall with the Ford V8s, as her engines, is virtually certainly correct. — KEN RICKETTS

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  3. David S. told me during our discussion how his father, (with his help), had replaced the original canvas on the decks with the wonderful new fibreglass products of the day, which at that time, came in smallish squares perhaps like largish floor tiles I understand & one stuck & sanded all these squares on to the decks. — KEN R

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  4. My father in-law Ian Mckinnon owned Lady Rae from 1981- early 1990s im fairly sure without double checking and did mention in that era of having useage of shed 5 when Jim Francis owned the above Lady Margret (Dick Lang built). My wife has fond memories as a young girl on Lady Rae spending times aboard L M in various bays. Im sure Ian mentioned Ford V8 as been a past engine. I also believe both L R and L M had canvas cabin tops in which Ian had fibre glassed them both. I will confirm with Ian. At least im not reading how L R does not have varnished coamings or debating what number this Lady Margret is, haha. L R was for sale end of last summer, not sure if still is. Berthed in F Pier at the OBC.

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  5. Have today spoken to Ken Simpson’s son David Simpson, who has confirmed to me, as I have noted above, (& in respect of which Harold had a different view,) that his late father, (Ken), bought her off Alan Barclay, c1960, & when purchased, she had a single 6 cyl Ford Diesel, but the shaft logs were still in place, from the days when Barclay had fitted a second engine the same as her original single petrol engine, alongside what was either a Redwing , or Ford V8, as the case may be, which after discussion with David, even though he wasn’t sure, I believe may have been Redwings. The Simpsons removed the shaft logs during their stewardship. They shared shed 5 at Whakatakataka Bay with Ted Clark’s LADY MARGARET & Fred Porter’s MARNINE for many years), MARNINE later acquiring her own shed. He also confirmed the mooring position I indicated above, in my earlier comments, as being at the southern end, by the last shed, of the boat sheds & close in to Ngapipi Rd. edited by Alan H

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  6. LADY RAE still appears effectually identical to when she was built, except for her original varnished COAMINGS — (I got it right this time Harold!!)–it is really great to see her looking so very much how she was built — HOORAY!!! — she has never been fiddled with or “improved!!!” — KEN RICKETTS

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  7. I believe Lady Rae was built for a Mr (Alan??? — not sure not Christian name) Barclay, who was in his 40s, (who I recall had clear rimmed spectales, when I met him), & he may have been an accountant, & she was later sold to Ken Simpson an Eectrical wholesaler (K Simpson Ltd), whom I knew well & did much business with, in the 50s & 60s , & she originally had a Scripps or Osco converted Ford V8, & was later fitted with 2 Ford V8s & then later still back to one 6 cyl Ford diesel. She had her name on the flare of the bow, in black capital letters in line with & below the front end of the bridgedeck & was kept during the Barclay/Simpon stewardship entirely at Wakatakataka Bay (& not used very much,) adjacent to the boat sheds, at the upstream end, close in. She was indeed a vrirtually identical sistership to Gala Lass when built — Gala Lass, which originally had, 1 Whakesha Hesselman 6 cyl (Spark ingnited) diesel, & belonged to Tony Hurt, a clothing retailer in Upper Victoria St West, & lived in Vale Rd St Heliers Bay. He was a family friend of ours.in tne 1930s to 60s — KEN RICKETTS

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  8. She was built for Ken Simpson of Ventnor Road, Remuera. He owned her for many years, at least as late as 1967. She seems to have been a sister ship to GALA LASS built for A.H. Hurt of St Heliers about the same time. As for design, the styling cues were in every issue of “Rudder” and “Motor-Boat and Yachting” magazines of the time and ultimately derived from mid-1930’s American automotive design. If you half shut your eyes, LADY RAE looks quite like, say, a 1936 Dodge sedan, flat windscreen and all.

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