Onehunga Launches

Onehunga & Launches 22-10-2015
photo ex Nathan Herbert ex MYMBC

I suspect that today’s photo will be a challenge for woodys to ID. Initially all I’ll say is that it is Auckland.
Eight+ years ago when I purchased Raindance (then Nona C & previously Lady Gay) & was in discussion with Harold Kidd as to her provenance, I was staggered when Harold told me that in the early 1900’s there were 100’s of sub 35′ launches, most following a very standard design, built in & around Auckland both as workhorses & pleasure craft. When I see a photo like the above I can understand the difficulty ID’ing those that survived 🙂

Bruce Pullan Input

Onehunga Basin prior to the reclamation, now motorway. Manukau Hotel to the left, Tearooms in the centre, Wharf in the background.

6 thoughts on “Onehunga Launches

  1. Actually as bad luck would have it, this photo isn’t dated. But is similar vintage to 1928ish photos so assume around then. The D front launch appears identical to Ramona, but has white coamings where Ramona’s were dark? The vessel at far right seems a close sister to a Mam’selle also on the Manukau.

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  2. Bruce had an advantage; his family owned the launches KAIAPOI (1910), ELMA (1919) and the yachts SPRAY (1906-8) and ANAHERA (1908-24) on the Manukau.

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  3. Onehunga Basin prior to the reclamation, now motorway. Manukau Hotel to the left, Tearooms in the centre, Wharf in the background.

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