H4 – Sailing Sunday

H4 – Sailing Sunday
photo ex Colin Pawson
Today’s photo is another from Colin Pawson’s grandfather, Charles Pawson, photo collection. The yacht shown has the sail number H4 , so I’m guessing she is a 26′ mullet boat ?? but that’s all I know. No doubt the sailing woodys can tell us more about her.

Harold Kidd Update

Indeed ESMA. She was built by Charlie Gouk in 1912 for Gib Mackay and his sons. F W Johnson of 2 Pompallier Tce, Ponsonby owned her for much of the 1920’s, then “Sailor” Edgecumbe and then Jimmy Sutherland. She was named after Esma Clare (b1904). Last heard of in the North being brought to Weiti for restoration. Any news of that?

9 thoughts on “H4 – Sailing Sunday

  1. Hi I was an owner of esme as was my dad George Spink some time in the 40 s I sold her to a friend in silverdale , he striped her repaired , and painted her up to look good again she is in the wade river I saw a couple of weeks ago no rig as yet , but as she was with the cabin on her and clean I can be contacted on 094280110 thanks grant

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  2. The pic is possibly from when ‘Sailor’ Edgecumbe had her. If I squint tightly I can just about see an Akarana Yacht Club burgee there

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  3. This image is from the 1920s. From the late 1920s/early 1930s she were a Felix the Cat emblem on her sail. For one season, 1919, after the Mackays sold her, her name was changed to MA CHERIE but immediately reverted to ESMA. She wasn’t built to the Mullet Boat Restrictions and was beamier than other 26 footers prior to her.

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  4. My Dad, Tom Hollows from Whangarei owned the “Esma” H4 probably late 1950s to early 1960s. I have been trying to locate her, last year I heard she was moored, bow and bowsprit damaged in the Wade River, Whangaparaoa.
    Unable to find her I was told she had been trucked down to Wellington.
    Dad added another piece to the cabin and I’m no expert so I don’t recognise the above photo’s as being Esma.

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  5. Indeed ESMA. She was built by Charlie Gouk in 1912 for Gib Mackay and his sons. F W Johnson of 2 Pompallier Tce, Ponsonby owned her for much of the 1920’s, then “Sailor” Edgecumbe and then Jimmy Sutherland. She was named after Esma Clare (b1904). Last heard of in the North being brought to Weiti for restoration. Any news of that?

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