Lady Cynthia

Lady Cynthia – a bit of a mystery
photo & details ex Harold Kidd

Harold thinks the photo above of Lady Cynthia rafted up alongside the wreck of Rewa is c.1937. He also suspects that she only had the name Lady Cynthia for a brief period around this time, so the big question is what was she named before & after?. There is speculation that she  could have been a big flushdecker pre-1914.

8 thoughts on “Lady Cynthia

  1. OK but why LADY CYNTHIA? If LADY PAM, and that seems likely, she was built by Sam Ford for Vernon McGeady in 1937 “along the lines of MARISTELLA”. But who was Cynthia?


  2. Named after Pam McGeady, the worst burned in the explosion. Daughter of V. McGeady who was also injured. 16 POB. Rescued by J Reid on the Lady Claire


  3. I’m still curious about the original question….what was she named before & after? That ‘wheelhouse’ <> and particularly the slanted windows must have been quite ‘new and trendy’ in 1937, she would have been very nice as a flushdecker. So….what was she named before & after? Please…


  4. That was a shade abrupt; I should explain that the image comes from an album of Len Crago, an Auckland marine photographer and the Auckland correspondent to the revived New Zealand Yachtsman magazine from 1936 on. The image occurs in the context of his cruise in the 1936-7 summer on my old ketch SEAWARD. There are many images of REWA, Charlie Hansen, Moturekareka and the boats that came in for a look.


  5. Fascinating!! — Have had a good long close look at her, & tend to agree with Harold that the pic could well be c1937, however I think it could also be in to the mid to later 1940s, by the condition of the REWA, & also the attire of the “gentlemen,” which tended to be casual to a little greater degree in the 40s that the 30s perhaps, & they certainly look “casual” (& happy). I do know however, it was taken very likely before 1950ish, because there is no sign of a medium frequency marine radio transmission aerial on the mast, & she definitely did not have a transmitting radio when this was taken, & many boats had radios by the 1950s.
    I also agree with Harold that she could well be dating back to the earlier part of the century by the shape of the hull at the back end which is very similar to the TEINA & KARAMA/THETIS styling, both of which fit in to the time frame Harold is referring to of pre 1920. By the 1930s, boats that were built as original with her coamings styling as shown in the pic, which was 1930s styling, had a tumble home at the stern e.g. GLENIFFER which was built c1929……
    My two penneth for what it’s worth. — KEN RICKETTS


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