Revenge

REVENGE
photos & details from Michael Marston

Todays post features Revenge, an ex Kaipara Harbour work boat, converted to pleasure use. Her new owner Michael has just relocated her to Lake Rotoiti & she was relaunched there last Thursday (01-10-2015), photos below. Her details are as passed onto Michael so he would love to get clarification & if possible uncover more on her past. Revenge was built 1905 & is a carvel planked counter stern design, made from kauri with puri cross floors and pohutukawa ribs, fixed by copper nails and roves. Originally she had a mast which is now on show at the Matakohe museum
She is 36′ LOA with a 12′ beam & 3′ draft. Engine is 6.2 litre D-Series Ford truck engine 150 HP matched to a Newage gearbox. This all turns a 22″x18″ prop.

Until recently she spent all her life on the Kaipara Harbour. Early configuration was a small wheelhouse up front, with the deck fitted for cream can collection throughout the Kaipara Harbour. Its also believed she hauled logs throughout the Kaipara Harbour.

Her previous owners (from 1965) had her rebuilt in 1995 with new floor boards, wheel house and engine as per the condition you see today, for live aboard retirement cruising of the Kaipara.
Revenge will be a welcome addition to the Lake Rotoiti classic fleet.

So woodys what do we know about her – Zach what do the Kaipara guys say?

Launch Day – Lake Rotoiti

Harold Kidd Input

All I have is that she was built by Thompson at Aratapu in 1905 as a sailing fishing boat for Morgan Bros who sold her to Edgar Brown who sold to the Fisheries Department around 1930. She was skippered by Bunny Tilby as a fisheries protection vessel. In 1942 her then engine, a Kelvin Ricardo 24-30hp diesel, was removed and sold by tender. The Department sold her to Tilby in 1948. He sold her to Colin McPike who sold her to Bill Pook who sold her to Bob Moyle in 1968. Moyle converted her into a pleasure launch.
A lot of that is from the Matakohe Museum’s archives and may be pure anecdote.

ps I have since found confirmation that The Fisheries Branch of the Marine Department bought her in late 1930 and fitted the Kelvin-Ricardo in October 1930. That probably replaced the Twigg. The Kelvin-Ricardo was a “paraffin engine” rather than a diesel.

Zach Matich input

I know early on she had a Twigg 40hp in her, and I think she was towing metal from Green Hill for the Hobson county. She has very full underwater lines especially in the bow area,my great uncle said that she used to pound badly in a head sea so much so that all that was left on the cup hooks in the galley were the handles!! Bob Molye had Eric William convert her to pleasure ie new cabin,bulwarks and hull work etc. The Ford came out of one of our family boats which Bob brought just for the 6 cylinder ford and on sold it with Revenge’s old 4 cylinder ford. I’ll have a dig for some photos

Zach photos below  🙂

08-10-2015 Update from Michael Marston

Michael just sent in the photo below which he received from the last owner, who bought her from Bob Molye (who had her from circa 1965 – 2012).
Only the hull looks familiar, with the wheelhouse looking as though it is back-to-front compared to today.
Michael is hoping the picture will jog more memories, with stories to flow onto ww.
As for the where about’s of her mast at the front (see photo), one story has it as a flag pole on a front lawn at Tinopai whilst someone else says it is at Matakohe museum. The good news being it seems the mast still exists in the area.

 

 

23 thoughts on “Revenge

  1. hi michael i used to have the engine that is now in the revenge. its a 135 hp industrial engine that was marinized by moon engines, it was brought new and i had the engine in a boat called talisman ,that engine should outlast the boat …..cheers lance

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  2. To Bob Siegel … thanks for the early history! I felt a shiver just thinking about that frosty wheel, brrrr!! A rum or two would have been the remedy!
    I really appreciate you passing on Eric William’s contact, and I look forward to contacting Eric to hear his version of how (circa 1995) he converted the cabin, bulwarks and hull for the then owner Bob Molye. Eric may have a treasure trove of memories and photos.
    The last owner (after Bob Molye) just sent me a very old photo of REVENGE which I will get uploaded. Only the hull looks familiar, with the wheelhouse looking as though it is back-to-front compared to today. You will also see the mast at the front, which you say is now a flag pole on a front lawn at Tinopai. I will have to search for the mast next time I am through Tinopai.
    Thanks again … Michael Marston, mobile 021-410 388

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  3. this vessel was cost 95 pounds launched drive away originly had a cast iron wheel which was flaming cold on frosty mornings .the mast is now a flag pole on a front lawn at Tinopai.more details can be collected by phoning Eric Williams on;09 431 7457

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  4. To Nath … We would all love a trailer like that, and don’t forget the truck to go with it ! ! ! Not sure what other areas do, but Exclusive Boat Haulage haul all around the country.
    I will not hesitate to use Exclusive Boat Haulage again if I need to haul her out for repairs, given I won’t have access to a slip.
    As I mentioned before, support them and checkout their great gallery of boats hauled, see website link http://www.exclusiveboathaulage.co.nz

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  5. To Kieran Hindrup … thanks, REVENGE found me and we can’t be happier.
    Yes, the smaller one is for sale if anyone is interested although it will be sad to see her go. Catchup any weekend, if you or anyone is interested. Meantime I can send details/photos if you email me

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  6. To Cameron pollard … You are spot on about the transport rig, under the name “Exclusive Boat Haulage”. They came highly recommended to me, on the basis of not needing the extra cost of a crane lift to pickup and then drop off.
    The trailer simply backs in to the water or it can load on/off the ground!
    The bonus was the excellent service and great care taken by the husband and wife team of JJ and Shelley. I can’t rate them high enough!
    So do support them and checkout their great gallery of boats hauled, see website link http://www.exclusiveboathaulage.co.nz

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  7. Had a close look at this the other day, from the water. Nice boat you got there Michael! Are you selling the smaller one?

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  8. I could do with a trailer like that! It was the norm when I grew up in Kerikeri, did other areas have them?

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  9. Nice to see a great boat transport custom trailer that can launch into the water.
    JJ has a very good looking transport rig.

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  10. To zachmatich … Thanks for your comments and recollections, very interesting! Sounds like I had better stick with plastic crockery although, to be fair, she now leads a charmed life in sheltered lake waters so I think the cups will handle it (as it were).
    I love Bob Moyle’s functional vision/design in the way it was converted to “pleasure” as if it were a Kaipara caravan! Clearly Bob spent many years using the boat “as is”, thinking about it before commissioning Eric Williams to do the rebuild. Speaking of Eric, he must have been a very good craftsman because everything is still “tight”, 20 years on. A bit of Danish oil will bring up the woodwork nicely.
    As for that FORD from your family boat, it is still purring beautifully without a knock or rattle. It only needs to run to 1,700 rpm (almost peak power) for max cruising, which is nowhere near the 2600 rpm redline. It simply has loads of torque, delivering an ideal power to weight.
    Your offer of photos is greatly appreciated, as are any further recollections.

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  11. As before … thanks again for passing on what you know. It all helps piece together the jigsaw. I have no doubt there are a few more tales, as well as historical facts, to come out of the woodwork given REVENGE is now 110 years old,

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  12. To harold531harold … Thanks for adding to the history, really appreciated.
    I look forward to my next trip to Matakohe Museum to see what the archives can add

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  13. Thanks, the name sealed the deal. I know a boat is referred to as a “she” but REVENGE sounds like a “he” … or not?

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  14. I have since found confirmation that The Fisheries Branch of the Marine Department bought her in late 1930 and fitted the Kelvin-Ricardo in October 1930. That probably replaced the Twigg. The Kelvin-Ricardo was a “paraffin engine” rather than a diesel.

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  15. I know early on she had a Twigg 40hp in her, and I think she was towing metal from Green Hill for the Hobson county. She has very full underwater lines especially in the bow area,my great uncle said that she used to pound badly in a head sea so much so that all that was left on the cup hooks in the galley were the handles!! Bob Molye had Eric William convert her to pleasure ie new cabin,bulwarks and hull work etc. The Ford came out of one of our family boats which Bob brought just for the 6 cylinder ford and on sold it with Revenge’s old 4 cylinder ford. I’ll have a dig for some photos

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  16. All I have is that she was built by Thompson at Aratapu in 1905 as a sailing fishing boat for Morgan Bros who sold her to Edgar Brown who sold to the Fisheries Department around 1930. She was skippered by Bunny Tilby as a fisheries protection vessel. In 1942 her then engine, a Kelvin Ricardo 24-30hp diesel, was removed and sold by tender. The Department sold her to Tilby in 1948. He sold her to Colin McPike who sold her to Bill Pook who sold her to Bob Moyle in 1968. Moyle converted her into a pleasure launch.
    A lot of that is from the Matakohe Museum’s archives and may be pure anecdote.

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  17. Thanks Greg. I feel very fortunate to be the current custodian and I will now start collecting a history log. Regards

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  18. To vintagesteamer … thanks for the pointing out the book and builder, much appreciated! I have a Danish mother, so to now discover REVENGE has Scandinavian origins is a huge bonus.
    A cask of salt water will be appreciated, to wash away the champagne spilled at launching. I look forward to catching up at the 2016 Wooden Boat Parade, 6/2/16.

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  19. 150 Years of NZ Shipbuilding has record of her being built by Charles Erik Thompson and Son Aratapu in 1905 but no other details. Fine Scandinavian origins. Should we bring down a cask of salt water to anoint her with at the Wooden Boat Parade to remind her of the sea?

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