Mansion House Bay – Post WW2

Mansion House Bay – Post WW2

photo ex Rick McCay

The above photo of Mansion House Bay was taken shortly after WW2. Its currently mounted on a bulkhead in Ricks 1920 MT Lane built launch, Luana. Thats Luana centre front & Rick thinks that Tasman is over by the wharf.
Is that Little Jim, 2nd yacht in on the right?

Lets see how many we can ID – Ken Ricketts should ace this one, he grew rowing around these boats.

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Boats as per my judgement from right to left LADY SANDRA, JULIANA, (partly out of scope of pic), SUNRAY, MANANUI, MOVARIE, ALCYONE, possibly ATLANTA (ROTOITI,) TASMAN, MARO, AMOKURA, WINSOME II, — I should know but don’t recall the boat in the foreground. This is the first pic I’ve ever seen of the SUNRAY before or after, she had her 1930s sedan motor car cab type bridgedeck added, with the tiny rear window, (next to LADY SANDRA)

All the above are anchored in their classic virtually permanent positions. in that bay in that era, — (except at the times (which was very often,)  that the LADY SANDRA was anchored off the end of the wharf with a long anchor line & a rope tying her stern to the end of the wharf) — particularly MARO, LADY SANDRA, JULIANA & TASMAN, who, one could not be blamed for thinking, they actually owned that little piece of the seabed, at that time.
It has to be circa Christmas 1948-49

 

30 thoughts on “Mansion House Bay – Post WW2

  1. “Oranoa” had a major do-up a few years ago after being caught across the bows of a motor barge. The piano was taken out during that refit, and not replaced – I think it was too damaged, as that was the area where she was hit

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  2. I met the owner at Gulf harbour one day when she was moored at the front door of the Neptune’s Restaurant at Gulf Harbour in the private marina canals. He lives in Wellington & bought her up to Auckland to cruise here for a season or two, a year or so back. — KEN RICKETTS

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  3. Wonderful that Bruce still has her — I have known her & the Lineham family from when she was new, & they owned the Pohutukawa Garage & Caltex Service Station at the roundabout at the Blockhouse Bay shopping centre. — Wonder if she still has the piano? –KEN RICKETTS

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  4. KINGFISH (sometimes called KINGFISHER) was built by H.N. Burgess in 1914. She was later lengthened from 32′ to 38′ and has spent most of her life in Tauranga.

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  5. The name doesn’t ring a bell for that boat with me — but who knows, if you feel it could be her, you may well be right, — perhaps, hopefully, someone else may see her as KINGFISH as well???

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  6. Ken, one of the pix on WW of Raiona steaming away does look to the casual eye a flat tuck. But it isn’t. As far as my pic of 29 Dec 2013 shows, she is still as Colin intended. Well, old mate, it doesn’t take long for a heathen to hack an arsend about. Watched in horror in ’72 as a barsteward put a piece of masking tape one side to another round the bottom of c30′ double ender at Okahu Bay haulout. Had roughly sistered up some aft frames. Next day I came past and her elegant canoe stern was on the ground and a roughly made transom nailed up in place. She was looking ugly. I was tempted to take the old stern home, but we were flatting and what would we have done with that reminder of man’s inhumanity to boats. Better a viking’s funeral!

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  7. “Oranoa” was indeed lengthened aft, and the prop and rudder were left in their original positions, but she handles very well. She’s my neighbour here at Hobsonville-nee-Westpark Marina so I see her coming in and out of her b erth on a regular basis. Mind you, she too has a small wing engine on the starboard side to help when needed.
    Practice makes perfect, so they say, and her owner, Bruce Lineham has been handling her since she was launched in 1963 – she was built for his father. Half a century in the same family ownership!

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  8. Yep, I remember Oranoa just before her launch. I seem to remember hearing that about not moving the skeg back. Raiona still had her delicate rear end when she was in the bay recently. I took a pic.

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  9. Someone told me RAIONA may have a straight across tuck now, — I really, really, hope not, — her cruiser stern was so very beautiful, & classic & very much a special part of her in every way. — she could never bee the same beautiful boat, in my view, without it. Also wonder if she still has the little wing motor tucked up in the port side of the engine room —
    When they did ORANOA they didn’t take the prop & rudder out to the new tuck line I don’t think, if my memory serves me correctly– must have manoeuvring & perhaps steering difficulties in some sea directions I would think, if that is so. –KEN R

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  10. The SOBRINE was also lengthened at the bow for Gordon Mace, a couple of years or so after he had her built– KEN R

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  11. Amokura, a fine Colin Wild boat was lengthened at some stage was she not. Talua (a close sister of Rehia) was too. Valsan was lengthened too. They all must have needed a little more space. Marnine was the only one to be lengthened from the bow forward -an engineer’s solution to the problem!
    As Harold said a while back, the mods started after the first season in the veteran boats -to keep them up to date with the fashions as well as the need for a bit more comfort.

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  12. Yep, good id! Happy daze. The boats used to thin out a bit at night as people who wanted to sleep moved to other bays. Mansion House Bay was noisy and the holding difficult at times because of all the empty bottles on the seabed. Often on a still night there was a loud thump of a neighbouring boat and ours getting a bit friendly. The old man used to call the process “Bumping boring and gouging”.

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  13. All the above are anchored in their classic virtually permanent positions. in that bay in that era, — (except at the times (which was very often,) that the LADY SANDRA was anchored off the end of the wharf with a long anchor line & a rope tying her stern to the end of the wharf) — particularly MARO, LADY SANDRA, JULIANA & TASMAN, who, one could not be blamed for thinking, they actually owned that little piece of the seabed, at that time.
    It has to be circa Christmas 1948-49 — KEN R

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  14. Boats as per my judgement from right to left LADY SANDRA, JULIANA, (partly out of scope of pic), SUNRAY, MANANUI, MOVARIE, ALCYONE, possibly ATLANTA (ROTOITI,) TASMAN, MARO, AMOKURA, WINSOME II, — I should know but don’t recall the boat in the foreground. This is the first pic I’ve ever seen of the SUNRAY before or after, she had her 1930s sedan motor car cab type bridgedeck added, with the tiny rear window, (next to LADY SANDRA) — KEN RICKETTS

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