Alberta

ALBERTA

I know very little known about Alberta other than she is kauri, 28’6″ & built in 1913. She now resides on Lake Rotoiti. In the back of my mind I recall someone saying she was kept at Milford Marina for a long time, prior to getting a new lease of life on the lake. If anyone knows the owner – Jon Dustin?, maybe we could find out more.

Harold Kidd Update

ALBERTA was built as a flushdecker by H.N. Burgess at Judges Bay in December 1913 and fitted with a 6/8 hp Automatic engine for which Burgess was the Auckland agent. A. Parsons of Ponsonby was her first owner. In 1914 she was repowered with a Model M Scripps from Lanes. From 1918 she was in Whangarei owned by the Palmer family. Maurice Reynolds bought her in 1959 and rebuilt her, then sold her in 1961. M C Williams of Northboro Road, Takapuna bought her and kept her at Milford. Artie Perkin owned her in 1969 and had a 36hp Perkins diesel in her. Andrew Campbell owned her in 2002, still in Milford and still a flushdecker, probably the very last of the pre-WW1 flushdeckers to survive in original state. The dodger put on her now is tastefully done and typical of the dodgers most flushdeckers had gained by 1918.

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  1. Pingback: Alberta – A Peek Down Below | waitematawoodys.com #1 for classic wooden boat stories, info, advice & news – updated daily

  2. Hi Bill, Alberta is now on Lake Rotoiti near Rotorua. She has been painted inside and out. When I purchased her in 2014 she has a two pot Saab which was getting fairly tired before sucking up some weed. I replaced the Saab with a 36hp 3 cylinder Volvo Penta. Unfortunately this engine although new, smoked. I did a recon but it never improved and was most unpleasant when trolling. I replaced that with a Lombardini also 36hp and although way over powered it is a great little motor. Due for another birthday but will see what happens after the Covid-19 settles?

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  3. I remember her being in our boatshed, at the bottom of our home – 8 Pentland Rd. My late father Eastwood H Palmer, re engine Alberta in approx 1950 – if I remember correctly he said it was a Lycoming engine (sp?). We had many great Christmas Family holiday on her.

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  4. Dear Harold
    Thank you for that piece of history on Alberta. I am waiting to hear from Andrew Campbell as he had some info as well. When I last contacted him Mon 27th May 2014 he said you new quite a bit about her. He knows something about the name plates on the bow. They were lost or kept by one of the owners for some years and then came to light.
    Kind regards
    Jon Dustin

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  5. ALBERTA was built as a flushdecker by H.N. Burgess at Judges Bay in December 1913 and fitted with a 6/8 hp Automatic engine for which Burgess was the Auckland agent. A. Parsons of Ponsonby was her first owner. In 1914 she was repowered with a Model M Scripps from Lanes. From 1918 she was in Whangarei owned by the Palmer family. Maurice Reynolds bought her in 1959 and rebuilt her, then sold her in 1961. M C Williams of Northboro Road, Takapuna bought her and kept her at Milford. Artie Perkin owned her in 1969 and had a 36hp Perkins diesel in her. Andrew Campbell owned her in 2002, still in Milford and still a flushdecker, probably the very last of the pre-WW1 flushdeckers to survive in original state. The dodger put on her now is tastefully done and typical of the dodgers most flushdeckers had gained by 1918.

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