Mystery Launch – With Clues
photos & details ex Harold Kidd
Todays post is a goodie – lots of photos & some insights that might prove helpful in ID’ing her. Remember – click photos to enlarge.
We have a series of photographs of a neat little sedan from framing up to launching.
Harold doesn’t know what she is and is looking for input from ww followers.
1. The images come from Charles Beresford Madden (1898-1974) who was an Auckland yacht and launch broker in the 1920s and 1930s and it may have been his own boat.
2. The backs of the pics yield only one clue, “Nov 1935”, on one of the launching pics.
3. The builder was not on the Waitemata waterfront, therefore a crane launch from what seems to be King’s Wharf.
4.The builder’s shed has room for two boats on the go at least, so it was a professional operation away from the Waitemata in 1935.
So what was the launch and who was her builder?
Possibilities as to builder are Sam Ford? Les Coulthard? Fred Mann?
You have to smile at the transport, people fret these days about their boat going onto a purpose built transporter, back then it was a little ‘she’ll be right’.
I’ll put up a ww t-shirt to the first woody that gets it right (in HDK’s eyes). The budget at ww is tight, its the same t-shirt I offered up earlier in the week, no one got it 100% right + the potential winner (closest), Lindsay Brebner our Cook Islands follower, suggested we offer the prize up again – good man 🙂
Update from Harold Kidd 12/01/2015
Well, that’s all terribly interesting. The fact that there were two distinct but highly similar boats in seemingly identical circumstances was a great trap. In fact I hadn’t spotted that one was without its prop. Well done! However, the images all came together and I think the two launches are basically the same design and from the same builder.
I thought that the chap in the felt hat in the truck pics was very like Sam Ford who would have been only 40 in 1935. I’ve been out of town all weekend so didn’t make the trip to Arthur Street to check out the geography. I hope Nathan has done or will do that.
Late 1935 was just before Sam started promoting and building his “standardised cruisers” like MEANDER, MENAI etc.
I get the feeling that Madden may have played some part in promoting Sam’s work.