LADY ELLEN (Mystery Launch 25-06-2015)
photo ex Jason Prew
At the recent CYA visit to Chris McMullen’s workshop, Jason & crew arrived in the Tino Rawa Trust 1902 Logan Bros. day boat Otira (below).
On route Jason photographed some of the wooden boats moored on the Tamaki River – an amazing number of craft.
Can anyone ID todays launch & provide details on her?
Update from Shane Billingham – She is Lady Ellen , is on dads wharf, unfortunately in bit of a sad state. Was owned by my grandad (Harry Collard) for years (from 60’s? would need to check with mum). Now owned by Ian collard since early 1990ish, unfortunately deteriorating.
21-11-2016 Ken Ricketts has been digging into Lady Ellen’s past in regard to the boats original name & existence of an axillary engine. See below.
Input from Ian Richards (grandson of the second owner) edited by Alan H
“Lady Ellen was renamed after my grandmother, it was granddad who had named it after his wife Ellen who was JR’s mother. I do not know the original name of the boat but will see if I can find anything out.”
Input from Cameron Collard (son of present owner – Ian Collard) edited by Alan H
“My Grandfather Harry Collard brought Lady Ellen in c.1962. I think (his original log books are still on the boat so all the details are there) from Mr Richards. I was told Mr Richards renamed the boat after his wife Ellen. Also told it was taken to Fiji by one of the previous owners – has second log for an axillary engine and mountings for forward tanks however both had been removed by 1962. In the 70’s the fore deck was re-canvassed and then a few years later the cabin top was glassed both done by Lanes. In 1985 the 96Hp 6 cylinder Lees Ford was replaced with a 135HP Lees Marine Ford.
After my grandfather passed my father purchased the boat in 1990. My father has been overseas for the last 5 years, hence the present condition.”
Update – 26-04-2017 ex Ken Ricketts