Lady Joyce


LADY JOYCE

The photo above shows her at the 2014 Mahurangi Anniversary Regatta. Owned by John Foreman for approx. 20 years, John purchased her off Alan Keane & told me that he had touched base again with Alan in Port Fitzroy over Christmas and at the regatta weekend. John has been told she was built in 1927 by Chas Bailey – probably the son, Chas Bailey Jnr.

John & ww would like to near more about the ‘lady’ so if you know any details or have photos – send ww an email.

Harold Kidd Update

I think she was built by Leon Warne in 1922 for James Tombs as SHEIK. Tombs sold to Roy Browne in 1925. Browne sold to S. Harrowell in 1932 who had her largely rebuilt by Lane Motor Boat Co. which included her present bridgedeck. Harrowell renamed her LADY JOYCE. During WW2 she was in RNZN service. After the war Willie Oliver owned her for a while, which says a lot for her ability. She’s a few boats along from me at H Marina, Gulf Harbour, so I’ve been interested in her for years and I’m happy that the above provenance is correct.

27/01/2015 Updated photo (ex Ken Ricketts) of LJ leaving Gulf Harbour on-route to the 2015 Mahurangi Regatta

August 2015 – LJ hauled out at Gulf Harbour (photos ex Ken Ricketts)

7 thoughts on “Lady Joyce

  1. Thanks Sally, the more we receive info the more we love her.
    Noted that when you had her she was nicknamed the Red Lion boat for the trading of crays from Barrier for the Red Lion crates.
    There is more and I am attempting to edit and upload to WW. Time being an enemy.
    John B Foreman

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  2. I was one of the former owners of Lady Joyce from approx. 1965 to 1977. I recall that she was owned in the 50s and 60s by Ernie Laslett who owned the service station at the bottom of Long Drive in St Heliers. She lived on a swing mooring off St Heliers. When we bought her she had a petrol engine which my then husband Derek Cassels-Brown replaced with a marinised Ford diesel motor.

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  3. There’s no doubt she was built in 1922 by Leon Warne as SHEIK. Other owners I have recorded are Len Perry (see WW post on Len’s AQUARIUS, now DIXIE, a few days ago) in 1966 until AQUARIUS was built, then W.D. Cassels-Brown in 1973.

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  4. Thanks for the continued effort is the search for her history. I can at least confirm she was owned by the Cassell Browns and commonly named the red lion boat as he used to take her to Gt.Barrier and trade crates of Red Lion for crays (story by the daughter when she visited)

    Lady Joyce was in Tauranga for a few years according to membership cards left behind and I understand that Fred Danks was also an owner.

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  5. I have a totally different mythology, hopefully rather less superficial.
    I think she was built by Leon Warne in 1922 for James Tombs as SHEIK. Tombs sold to Roy Browne in 1925. Browne sold to S. Harrowell in 1932 who had her largely rebuilt by Lane Motor Boat Co. which included her present bridgedeck. Harrowell renamed her LADY JOYCE. During WW2 she was in RNZN service. After the war Willie Oliver owned her for a while, which says a lot for her ability. She’s a few boats along from me at H Marina, Gulf Harbour, so I’ve been interested in her for years and I’m happy that the above provenance is correct.

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  6. I have just brought up on my screen LADY JOYCE, JULIANA, (Sam Ford), & GLENIFFER, (C Bailey), all boats of the same era, & havng cross compared the 3 of them, particualry in the bow, & bow shearlines, & in fact the sweep in the deck styling, & the side view of the more aft end tumble home, of the 3 boats, I feel fairly confident she could well be a Ford boat, without however totally discounting C Bailey, but he would definitely be my second choice. Many of the Ford boats of that era, also sported bus tops, (tram tops if you like) — lots of little oblong windows — KEN RICKETTS

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