photos ex Allen family & Ken Ricketts (+ details) edited by Alan H
Wairuama was possibly built by A. Couldrey c.1936 -38. During the 1940-50’s she was owned by Ted Ward (brother to Perc. Ward of Mataroa). Originally powered by a petrol engine (possibly a Kermath), now no-doubt long since replaced with a diesel.
Anyone able to fill in the gaps of her post 1950 history?
note: the earlier 1946 photo is from the Allen (Tiromoana) collection. The 1948 photo was taken by KR c1948 in Mansion House Bay
Update – addition photos below
30/11/2014 – A more recent (Jan 2010) photo
17/12/2014 – 4 photo ex Harold Kidd from Roland Lennox-King of WAIRUAMA. click to enlarge
05-06-2016 Update ex Ken Ricketts
Photos below of her hauled out at Gulf Harbour. KR spotted that she has had a wing motor at some time, in the photos below you can see a shaft log still in place blanked off, on the port side.
She is presently owned by a Jim ‘somebody’ ??.
photos below & details ex current owner(via Ken Ricketts) edited by Alan H
Presently owned by Dick & Val Richards of Red Beach, who have owned her since c.1975/76. They bought her off a Mt Roskill builder by the name of Huggins who was an avid fisherman & kept her at Ti Point. The Richards believe Huggins owned her for a number of years, however there is evidence that she may have lived at Waikeke Island at one time, because of gas bottles with Waiheke addresses on them & other notes relating to Waiheke. These references would almost certainly have been before the Huggins era. These days she lives at Gulf Harbour.
When the Richards bought her, she had a 4 cyl Ford diesel with a side exhaust. They replaced this with a privately* marinised 6 cyl 150 Hp Isuzu diesel, mid 1991 — (* Lou Shilton, an engineer & friend, did the conversion) at this time they also moved the exhaust to the tuck. Lou Shilton’s son, Jim, currently helps the elderly Richards with the day to day care of Wairuama.
We now know most of her history, except for a period from the early 1960s, to perhaps around 1970ish, any woodys able to fill that gap & possibly comment on the Waiheke connection?