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photos & details ex owners Jim and Hazel Cameron

Ngahere was built in 1961 by Roy Gibbs & is 37’6″ with a 12’3″ beam. Her flybridge was added at a later date, possibly in mid 70’s but removed (rotten) when the Cameron’s transported her. Hazel & Jim purchased Ngahere off Frank Malcom Davison of Whangamata in 2013 and they have a sales agreement dated 28/10/1978 stating F. Davison purchased the vessel from John Fredric Hamaty. They also have an old 1976 Coastguard book which states Ngahere was owned by N.G. Robertson, the last two names from Auckland.

Her semi-displacement hull was re-powered early in 1973 with a Commer TS3 diesel engine.

Can any woodys throw some light on the design of this launch?

ps sorry about the low quality photos – hopefully we might uncover better photos from her past.

5 thoughts on “Ngahere

  1. One of my uncles ran a carrying company using TS3 Commers. He told me they were a Hispano-Suiza design, and I have always thought that until today. However there was a grain of truth in what he said in that Tilling-Stevens’ design was based on the Swiss Sulzer engine (which may, in turn, have derived from Junkers). I wish my father was still alive to discuss this with, as he was appointed NZ agent for Junkers diesels in mid 1939. I don’t think he got any here before WW2 broke out (and he immediately joined up, for his second war).


  2. For anyone who may be interested, the commer” TS3″ 3cylinder opposed piston engine was built by Rootes Group under license to Tilling-Stevens, who also built a flat twelve conventional engine which was copied by “Bedford” (GM) as a tank engine. T-S was in turn licensed to the german
    “Junkers” mob. who still own patent rights to all opposed piston design engines.
    The engine in Ngahere would have been sold and serviced as a “Lister-Rootes TS3”
    How’s that for trivia.


  3. All I can add is that a NGAHERE was owned in 1973 by J Simpson of 280B Kohimarama Road and he was a member of the Panmure Yacht & Boating Club.


  4. Hi Allan, Having been out of circulation for a couple of months, it is a process both physical and mental to re engage with the community. Now, you mentioned you will send me a disc of the photos taken on the evening of Paramour’s 40th birthday celebration, that is so kind, thank you. It was so neat you attended, I hope you enjoyed it, a lovely group of people. regards Bruce

    On Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 8:10 PM, – the classic wooden bo


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