Mystery Launch – Waihora ?

Mystery Launch

I think I can make out the name as Waihora. She was anchored in Oneroa on 26/10/2014.

What say you all on her pedigree?

Update 15-04-2019 – See below input from Jonathan Hope – its a great read.  Also check out the comments section – lots of intel there 🙂

“To all of you that have responded to the history of the WAIHORA,I would like to relay to you all some of my happy memories spent aboard her.Logan and Joyce were my uncle and aunt and I spent many weekends and Christmases cruising the Hauraki Gulf,Bay Of Islands and The Barrier as “cabin boy” on her after their son,Rudyard was unavailable because of family commitments.
Logan always addressed me as Little Charlie or Jack Jack.I knew him as Big Charlie .Charlie would phone me on a Thursday and say that we are off for the weekend.All good,he picked me up after his work at the Mill at 5pm on a Friday, and we went to the boat moored next to the Naval Base in Devonport.My first job after rowing the supplies to the boat was to get into the dinghy with auntie Joyce to remove the oil stains off the WAIHORA with Jiff.Charlie would relax while auntie Joyce and I motored to a suitable evening mooring.The next morning we would pull the piper net for bait using bran as burley.After that ,Charlie would drop me off on some rocky outcrop. The rules were that I had to chop up ground bait for half an hour,then start fishing with two handlines.After I had caught two thirds of a sugar sack of snapper,Charlie would pick me up.It was also my job to gut the fish on the trip home that he would give away to friends on Sunday pm.
Also,I those days,we would see a commercial crayfish pot say at the Barrier.The “rules” were that if you pulled a commercial pot and took a crayfish,you left a bottle of beer.A pretty good deal!After half of a 3 lb crayfish for lunch,I didn’t eat much dinner.
I could write a book of my memories on the WAIHORA, spearing kingfish and flounder at Te Couma Harbour,spearing big stingrays with a flounder spear attached to a rope and being towed in the dinghy for 10 minutes before the 4 pronged spear came out at The BOI,illegally laying flounder nets,diving for scallops from the cabin of the WAIHORA with only a mask that you had to hold on to,catching hapuka at the Barrier,going to my first dance at Triphena,having and my first dance with a girl! Charlie also gave me my first bottle of beer,It went straight to my head and I forgot about about my first girl friend .Needless to say,I didn’t row back to the boat.

Incidentally,Charlie’s first launch was the SEQUOYA,a bridge decker. When Brin Wilson was commissioned to build the WAIHORA I went with Charlie on the SEQUOYA to Rangitoto.He had plywood templates for the ribs of the WAIHORA which we matched against the branches of the pohutakawa trees!
So many fond memories!
I Devote my current and past fond memories to my Uncle, William John Logan Nicks.”
Dr Jonathan Hope

 

20 thoughts on “Mystery Launch – Waihora ?

  1. I have just added to the main post a wonder story on Waihora told by Dr. Jonathan Hope. It’s a great read. Alan H

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  2. I have just found this and memories come flooding back! I am Christine (Woods) daughter of the late Bruce and Ruby Woods. Dad worked for Logan from his arrival in NZ in late 1949 until his death in 1967. His brother Phil also worked there.

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  3. My Grandparents Logan and Joyce Nicks also called their holiday property Waihora too, (Spreading Waters) I have the original sign on our property overlooking the Kaipara Harbour

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  4. I miss Borrie and Grandpa very much, I spend many Christmas times staying with Uncle Borrie on Endeavour, with the Whitebait nets, and using the toilet, as a young child is fascinated with the small spaces, I stayed many a night aboard with Borrie, and the next morning he would make me whitebait fritters that we had caught up the Racehourse River in the Bland Bay area, happy memories

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  5. Pam Nicks wife of Rud Nicks (son of Logan Nicks). Tanya, Rowan and Lisa Nicks here. Yes this is the Waihora built by Brin Wilson for Logan Nicks and then handed to Rud and family. We spent many many days cruising the Hauraki Gulf living on fish and scallops spending every Xmas and weekend on the boat. She was named after the Waihora stream by the Western Shore of Taupo where the original mill was. A very well built boat that also had a lot of kauri in it. We remember old Borrie Beachman who lived along the road from us.

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  6. Cause was too much sail really. The hatch was secondary. Watched a mullety nearly pitchpole off Westhaven in the ’60s -very impressive. Again, she had too much sail up and too few guys sitting down aft! There was another mullety that went down off the naval base 1938 (?) and lay on the bottom for a time. The Vos built boat Melita owned by one of the Donald family. George Emtage had her for a time at Whangateau. She was a macaroni from new and rebuilt as a gaff rig. Keeps the centre of effort lower y’know.

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  7. I think that would have been the Logan Bros 26 footer CELOX which went down in a squall, carrying her kite sheeted to windward, between Motuihe and Matiatia, drowning boatbuilder Dale Spencer and his 8 year old son.

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  8. My Uncle Borrie (Endeavour) told us that the Waihora was built without a hatch in the fore deck as Logan years earlier was present when a mullet boat (I think) got in trouble and sank off the naval base. The cause was the hatch in the fore deck opened and flooded the vessel.

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  9. Yep Brin was a fine boatbuilder who also never went wrong IMHO. Y’know, Ken, did Owen do any boats with raised fo’cs’les (did he do any at all?). He did lighter-looking coamings often relieved with a painted lower part and a beading to delineate the varnish above -modern look. Boatbuilders liked varnish I heard somewhere in the region of the Vos yard when I was religiously sanding “Ngakiwa’s” teak. An easy coating when new….

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  10. Of course it was George. I went to school with Pam and Rud Nicks and had a child’s view of the family. Logan seemed to me to be the patriarch but was only in his early twenties when those wonderful houses in Hurstmere Road were built, the essence of Art Deco style.

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  11. It was George Nicks rather than his son Logan who built the famous houses in Hurstmere and Brett Avenue, Takapuna

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  12. Waiihora was built inmid fifties for logan Nicks of Takapuna by Brin Wilson named after one of the the familiy’s timber mills in W bays of lake Taupo of totara from said source. She cruised for years with Endeavour and Borrie Beachman. Some huge snapper came onboard.

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  13. WAIHORA was designed and built by Brin Wilson in 1955, the second boat he built after going out on his own. Jack Logan was foreman there at the time I think so nothing but good stuff came out of that yard. Her first owner was Takapuna sawmiller and timber merchant Logan Nicks who, himself, had highly developed aesthetic sensibilities. He built some stand-out Art Deco houses at the northern end of Takapuna and Milford. According to Bo Farrell she was built out of totara, so should last forever.
    WAIHORA means exactly what Russell says, spread out or broad waters.
    Dave Jackson built MANDALAY to the same or similar design a couple of years later for Ken Quinton of Devonport.

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  14. Thanks Ken. That explains her dashed good looks. Did Owen ever build an ugly boat? By the way (HDK the Māori scholar) would confirm Wai-Hora appears to mean spreading waters (although I thought hora also could mean work) either way, it is a good name for a ship. Arohanui Waihora.

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  15. Yes indeed, WAIHORA, & as vintagesteamer says wonderfully aesthetic– a really lovely unspoiled classic. — Recall is she was built for a tug master called Jack ???? (senior moment) in the later 1950s, or early 60s, who lived in Pakuranga at that time, was from the stable of Woolley, & was moored in the Tamaki River during his stewardship, not far form Woolley’s shed on a pile mooring but HDK is sure to either confirm, or at least know her provenance. — Was a friend of Major Bailey (FLORAY) & Jim Dickson (WAIARI)– KEN RICKETTS

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