Wenna

WENNA
photo & details ex Harold Kidd

A new photo of Wenna has surfaced from Bob Wiley of Boat Haulage, whose father did a lot of cruising on Wenna when she was owned by Willie McWhirter during the 1950s and 1960s.
Willie McWhirter (1902-1983) was a long-term Auckland Harbour Board employee, son of Tom McWhirter, brother of Jack, of the well-known yachting family of St. Mary’s Bay.
He lived at 61 St. Mary’s Road. Dave Jackson knew him well.
When McWhirter owned Wenna he carried a food safe on the dodger which was most unusual and characteristic of the launch during his ownership.
Harold commented this is now a  a missing chunk of Wenna’s history accounted for.

Back then the crack was “Wenna you going to buy me a beer?” 🙂

ps excuse the fly poo on the photo – HDK was worried that cleaning it might have damaged the original print 🙂

To view more photos on Wenna old & current – enter Wenna in the ww search box.

11/11/14 – Harold Kidd Update

Jack Taylor has given me the good oil on WENNA. He used to work alongside Alf Bell of Collings & Bell and Alf told him some facts about WENNA.
1. She WAS built by Collings & Bell.
2. They took their time over construction so Eric O’Neill, who lived in Ring Terrace a few yards away, kept nagging them, ” When are you going to get my boat finished”, and the WENNA stuck.
3. Eric was known around the waterfront as “Peggy” O’Neill after the song. He was a cheerful bloke and everyone liked him.
4. He knew nothing about boating at the start. He brought WENNA back from Barrier through the bad February 1936 hurricane and complained to Alex Collings that she leaked. 40 boats were lost in Auckland in that blow.
5. However, he got to be good enough to skipper PAIKEA on occasion during her NAPS service.

 

17 thoughts on “Wenna

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  2. Harold,
    Do you think Jack could help with the date of her build?
    Would it be cheating to have a builders plate made for her, oops, your probably the wrong one to ask, is that your copy wright stamped all over the blog?
    Pam

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  3. F98
    Vic Barker had her for a very long time. Vic and his boys won many races, trophies in her. She’s a little winner!
    I would be surprised if there was any name change on this one.
    If you have been talking to her designer I would love you to tell him she’s still around.
    She was in the shed here before the Laughing Lady came. Her restoration was comeing along very pleasurably. I look forward to getting back to her.

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  4. Jack Taylor has given me the good oil on WENNA. He used to work alongside Alf Bell of Collings & Bell and Alf told him some facts about WENNA.
    1. She WAS built by Collings & Bell.
    2. They took their time over construction so Eric O’Neill, who lived in Ring Terrace a few yards away, kept nagging them, ” When are you going to get my boat finished”, and the WENNA stuck.
    3. Eric was known around the waterfront as “Peggy” O’Neill after the song. He was a cheerful bloke and everyone liked him.
    4. He knew nothing about boating at the start. He brought WENNA back from Barrier through the bad February 1936 hurricane and complained to Alex Collings that she leaked. 40 boats were lost in Auckland in that blow.
    5. However, he got to be good enough to skipper PAIKEA on occasion during her NAPS service.

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  5. No sign, pretty hard case it would be out in the sun like that.I wonder if it was put below at times. Things seemed simple in those days.
    The dodger was very low profile in the latest image ( image – surely it is just a photo) they have raised it with fewer but larger windows all round. To see over the top of the tram top I suspect.
    Interesting to go below and see how very easy it was to raise the original flush deck – they simply cut the beams and tongue and groove, raised it with cabin sides added. Added a carlin to strengthen the point of the original deck meets cabin sides. Nice and tidy not slap happy by any means.

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  6. Great shot! Any ideas where it’s taken? Pam – Is there any evidence of the old food safe on the dodger?

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  7. I would invite you, as Alan has suggested, to type Wenna into the search box for the old postings and images put up.
    I would also invite you to read the latest Boating NZ magazine, Vintage Perspectives, Alma, Pam and Wenna. By Harold Kidd.
    Harold drew – like to like, from his series of findings of Wenna’s past to present.
    Thank-you to Bob Wiley for this recent photo and confirming another piece of Wenna’s past for George and I and to Alan for placing this post so promptly and for owning and operating such an effective blog.
    Surely it could not get any better than this…
    Pam

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  8. I hardly know what to say guys. The blog and your findings is another dimension to a life long passion of mine, boats and boating. Only I have always been at the other end of it, the labouring side of things. To bring her story together like this is pretty cool and would have been beyond me.

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