Lady Claire


LADY CLAIRE

photos from Nathan Herbert & Papers Past, details from Harold Kidd & Jason Prew.

Lady Claire the 42′ bridge deck cruising launch was launched on 14th Oct. 1935. Built by Colin Wild at Stanley Bay for W.J. Reid of Herne Bay. Reid was Des Townson’s grandfather.

Lady Claire is currently owned by Bruce Carter. Colour photos at the marina.

 Harold Kidd Update

She was launched with a 160hp Lycoming but Stan Headland replaced that with a 105hp Kermath in 1952. G M Lagan owned her for a while around the 70s and Bruce Carter recently (still?). Lovely craft.
PS Wild used Lycomings around this time. WAIRIKI, the 39ft bridgedecker he built for L E MacQueen in October 1934 also had an 8 cylinder 160hp Lycoming, essentially the same engine as in the straight 8 Auburn car of the time.

04-07-2015 New Photo Below

Chris McMullen sent  the photo below in from his files. It was given to Chris by the late Des Townson. On the back is written  Lady Claire. 42ft OA Built by Colin Wild. For WJ Reid  1935. Who we know was Townson’s grandfather.
Chris once saw a photo of the same vessel on the wall of Des’s office. Hopefully someone has it still & a copy might surface on ww – a job for Bruce Tantrum maybe ?
Chris commented that when you look at both Lady Claire & Wirihana – one of the reasons for their good looks is the absence of safety rails forward.  These days health and safety concerns encourage safety rails which need to be one meter high as on commercial vessels to do much good, lower than that they can pitch you over the side. Wiihana is still ‘nude’ of rails but there are lots to hold on to on Wirihana.

Lady Clair (L) & Lady Eileen at Gulf Harbour May’14

Lady Clair (L) & Lady Eileen at Gulf Harbour May'14

14 thoughts on “Lady Claire

  1. Anyone got some contact details for Bruce carter please?
    I would like to see if I could get a looksee on board as I did cruise on her as a “nipper”
    Bill Townson (grandson of Bill “Harpuka” (sometime “Harbugger”) Reid)

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  3. She is indeed! Bruce has owned her since 1990, and has been living aboard for the last several years.

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  4. Definitely NOT owned by “the parents of the West Harbour(?) marina manager”. Where on earth did that come from? She’s owned by Bruce Carter, well known in the diving world, and has been for many years. Apart from being a dive inspector, Bruce is a professional standard photographer; I’ll see if I can get him to contribute some good up-to-date pics.

    N.B. What was Westpark Marina was renamed and re-branded “Hobsonville Marina” in February

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  5. PS Wild used Lycomings around this time. WAIRIKI, the 39ft bridgedecker he built for L E MacQueen in October 1934 also had an 8 cylinder 160hp Lycoming, essentially the same engine as in the straight 8 Auburn car of the time.

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  6. She was launched with a 160hp Lycoming but Stan Headland replaced that with a 105hp Kermath in 1952. G M Lagan owned her for a while around the 70s and Bruce Carter recently (still?). Lovely craft.

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  7. LADY CLAIRE was owned by Stan Headland an insurance man, in the mid later 1950s & 60s era & he bought her when he sold the LADY JOAN.
    Had a petrol engine — perhaps a Kermath or Graymarine flat head 6 cyl, later replaced with a Ford Diesel — Lost track of her after that. She was magnificent in those days with her lovely varnished coamings he kept her pristine — great to see her turn up — Looked a little like the Clark LAFDY MARGARET — KEN RICKEYTTS

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