ID the Boats (Matanui)

ID the Boats

ID The Boats

image ex Bruce Yarnton

Time to lighten things up on ww.

Last night I was out & about in the Principality of Devonport & a ww follower showed me a rather fine painting of Duders Beach.
Of particular interest to me is the motor launch tied to the piles – lets see how good the train spotters are 🙂

Update from Harold Kidd (very impressive)

MATANUI was built as SAN LUIS by Ernie Lane in Picton for Martin Beck of Picton in 1923 for Cook Strait conditions. Beck sold her to Auckland owners in October 1925 and motored her up. Early Auckland owners were W.J. Bridson and J.A. Peacock but Walsh Brothers bought her in 1933 and fitted a Kelvin diesel, for which they were Auckland agents.
Between 1942 and 1945 she was used as a Naval patrol launch out of Suva (and may have had a petrol engine installed during that period (Chrysler Crown?) for rationalisation purposes. She was sold back to Leo Walsh in July 1945 but onsold to Joe Kissin (not Kissen) a well-known North Shore businessman of Lake Road, Takapuna, once again Kelvin-powered. Jack Brooke helped Joe with a redesign in 1952. She was moored off Queen’s Parade Devonport, in close company with MOANA, ARIKI, SPRAY II, MARANGI, TASMAN, JACQUELINE and the 30 sq meter TANGAIKA either side of the Iris Cable Wharf. Her call-sign was ZMQB
The Kelvin was replaced with a Fairbanks-Morse by 1954 and that by a new 6 cylinder Fordson diesel in 1960. By 1973 Joe (who was never Commodore of RNZYS) had sold her to W.K.Downey of Epsom.
He sold her to Thames and then she came back to Auckland owned by O’Meara until about 1983 etc etc.

Anyone have photos of Matanui ?

18 thoughts on “ID the Boats (Matanui)

  1. I’m for Kissin with a second “I”. I knew the family in Takapuna in the mid 1950s and helmed her down harbour on a compass course aged 12! Joe took we Belmont School prefects for a picnic on Motuihe.

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  2. Hello Bruce, Matanui is very much a part of my family’s history. I would dearly love to come up and see her sometime – would that be possible?
    Nils Bridson

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  3. Thank you so much for the information. I am William Bridson’s grandson and I always wondered what happened to her. I remember as a child going out on her with my father, a long time after she had been sold out of the family. A family story is that she used to be moored at the foot of Queen St and the family used to just wonder down to go out on her.
    I would dearly love to see her again.
    Nils Bridson

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  5. I see the connection now, both taken up to Suva at the same time. The same story has Matanui with a Lewis gun mounted on the foredeck. I would love to get to the bottom of it. I have a copy of a sketch by Jack Brooke from 1966 of Matanui and the Tiri that I will scan and upload. As well as some more recent pictures

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  6. MANUNUI is not MATANUI’s sister ship. MANUNUI was built in Auckland by Arnold Couldrey in 1939 for Percy Colebrook. However, both MATANUI and MANUNUI were sent up to Suva as patrol craft during 1942-44.
    It’s a good story, but I don’t think MATANUI ever got nearer the Solomons than Suva. See “New Zealand Naval Vessels” by Bob Macdougall.

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  7. Wonderful to see the Matanui moored at Duders Beach and to get some first hand history. Matanui is still afloat and much loved by its current owners R Hay, B Overhill (myself) and B Sykes. It plies the waters between Herald Island and Great Barrier where she returns once a year. Matanui had a sister ship Manunui owned by Victor Simpson after the war. Victor’s son Max went looking for Manunui to rekindle family connections. Manunui was no longer around but Matanui was, Max purchased her in 1986. She was a working boat for 12 years on Waiheke oyster farms. On retiring, Matanui was a much-loved family boat used most weekends around Pouni and the Firth of Thames, moored at Clevedon. The family connection continues with one of the new owners being Max’s daughter. Matanui has a rich and interesting history and has nearly been lost a few times. Once while on RNZN duty in the Solomons, one of the depth chargers she was fitted with broke loose and blew out the transom. More recently Max and family struck rocks, Matanui was badly holed, only quick thinking and advice from Clevedon club members saved her from sinking. Max motored up onto Elephant cove beach, was patched up and towed home. We have kept Matanui well maintained and many of the original pieces of equipment are still running strong including the toilet, a Simpson! And the anchor winch. She has 1/14” full length Kauri planks, ribs 6” apart, pohutukawa stern and bollards, American redwood tongue-and-groove cabin, a mahogany wheel house and is powered by a 130Hp Ford Dover. Keep an eye out for her fishing, or on her way to Great Barrier, she has many years left in her yet.

    Bruce Overhill

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  8. Hi Guys

    Matanui still alive 91 years old all well done yes ex clevedon river now move to Hearld island at moment .can contact me email rizhaz@gmail.com. we hear of you more interesting about matanui life.

    Thanks

    Richard

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  9. Joe was indeed a lovely guy and was a great friend of Jack Brooke who was also a lovely guy (and Commodore RNZYS).

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  10. MATANUI was built as SAN LUIS by Ernie Lane in Picton for Martin Beck of Picton in 1923 for Cook Strait conditions. Beck sold her to Auckland owners in October 1925 and motored her up. Early Auckland owners were W.J. Bridson and J.A. Peacock but Walsh Brothers bought her in 1933 and fitted a Kelvin diesel, for which they were Auckland agents.
    Between 1942 and 1945 she was used as a Naval patrol launch out of Suva (and may have had a petrol engine installed during that period (Chrysler Crown?) for rationalisation purposes. She was sold back to Leo Walsh in July 1945 but onsold to Joe Kissin (not Kissen) a well-known North Shore businessman of Lake Road, Takapuna, once again Kelvin-powered. Jack Brooke helped Joe with a redesign in 1952. She was moored off Queen’s Parade Devonport, in close company with MOANA, ARIKI, SPRAY II, MARANGI, TASMAN, JACQUELINE and the 30 sq meter TANGAIKA either side of the Iris Cable Wharf. Her call-sign was ZMQB
    The Kelvin was replaced with a Fairbanks-Morse by 1954 and that by a new 6 cylinder Fordson diesel in 1960. By 1973 Joe (who was never Commodore of RNZYS) had sold her to W.K.Downey of Epsom.
    He sold her to Thames and then she came back to Auckland owned by O’Meara until about 1983 etc etc.

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  11. Indeed a grand old boat, & built to last for ever, massivley solid & very heavy — I was on her a number of times when Joe Kissen owned her, in the later 40s & 50s — was powered by a very quiet running Kelvin Diesel & had lovely rich burgundy velvel squabs in her main cabin — real luxury — wonder where she is now?? — KEN RICKETTS

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  12. Matanui? Lovely old boat always out when we were in the ’60s and ’70s. I’ll even dredge the owners’ name up from the memory banks sometime. She was very flat sheered and straight stemmed -gave her a battleship sort of look. Had a decent sized windlass on the foredeck. Was on the piles off the RNZYS near Rosemary ll and all the stars. Last saw her on the Clevedon river maybe 5 years back. Had a large dodger aft which didn’t work but temporarily spared the flybridge (yeech)

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