Norma


NORMA
photos via Nathan Herbert ex Manukau Yacht & Launch Club collection

Three photos today of the 40′ launch Norma. The top one is dated 14-01-1915. The middle one records her in 1929 winning a MY&LC race for launches helmed by ladies. Also featured are the yachts ‘Sea Gnome’ & ‘Sylvis’.
The bottom photo is from 1939 & shows Norma & the 26′ launch ‘Marina’ being off loaded (lorry?) & re-launched into the Waitemata Harbour. I’m sure Harold can enlighten ww followers the reason these launches made the trip from the Manukau.

Can we expand some more on Norma – designer/builder etc?

Harold Kidd Input

There were several NORMAs. This Coulthard NORMA was built at Onehunga for the Jeffs brothers and launched in November 1913. She was a 32ft flushdecker with an anonymous 10hp engine but had a 30hp 4 cylinder Wolseley installed in the winter of 1919. The Jeffs sold her to C. “Shorty” Schnauer in January 1921. In the 1930s she was sold to Whitianga for game fishing. She was owned there by Bill Clark and was in Whitianga until at least 1980.
I don’t know this MARINA under that name. There were many MARINAS, another one game fishing out of Mangawai in the early thirties owned by Franich but it can’t be this one.

SEA GNOME was one of the square bilge 14 footers built by George Honour that formed the basis of the so-called “Sea Class”, 14ft “flatties” most with names starting with “Sea” that latter morphed into the Auckland Y Class. Honour built her in 1921 and she was an immediate champion. Chuck Auger owned her for 14l years and took her to the Manukau in 1927. She raced on both harbours. The Y14 on her sail was her Manukau number.
SYLVIA was a 22ft mullet boat designed by Dick Lang and built by Harvey & Lang in October 1912. She was on the Manukau from 1924 to 1930, mostly owned by C. Paul.

15 thoughts on “Norma

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  2. Hi Brian, Leonard Peterson was my Grandfather and Sonny (Graham) Peterson was my Dad. My mother Shirley would be interested in any information you have as we are looking into the history of that side of the family. Many Thanks.

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  3. Built by James Reid 1907 for Hunter of Greenhithe. Sold to Petersen of the Manukau in 1927.32hp 4 cylinder Regal engine for which Reid was Auckland agent.

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  4. Looking at the Manukau boats,does anyone remember the REGAL,owned by Len Peterson,who was a fisherman,who beached his boat at the foot of Norman’s Hill Rd. Onehunga? This was long before the Motorway blocked off the bay. He lived over the road from the beach,& had a smokehouse.( His son was Sonny Peterson who sailed R class yachts.) Len’s farther was involved in the wreck of the scow RANGI in the 1930’s.
    The other Manukau boat I remember was the KELLY,owned by another fisherman, Fred Vickery.
    The KELLY went ashore on the Ahwhitu Peninsular to become a total wreck. From then on Fred netted out of a flat bottom Dory in the upper Manukau Harbour,& tied his Dory up at the Onehunga Wharf.

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  5. The SYLVIA was once owned by my Dad, John Turnwald, and his brother Tom. She was raced on the Waitemata and we have photos and pennants of her winnings.
    Dad would dearly love to know what happened to her after she was sold.
    Juli Cooke (Sylvia’s Dad’s daughter)

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  6. SEA GNOME was one of the square bilge 14 footers built by George Honour that formed the basis of the so-called “Sea Class”, 14ft “flatties” most with names starting with “Sea” that latter morphed into the Auckland Y Class. Honour built her in 1921 and she was an immediate champion. Chuck Auger owned her for 14l years and took her to the Manukau in 1927. She raced on both harbours. The Y14 on her sail was her Manukau number.
    SYLVIA was a 22ft mullet boat designed by Dick Lang and built by Harvey & Lang in October 1912. She was on the Manukau from 1924 to 1930, mostly owned by C. Paul.

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  7. There were several NORMAs. This Coulthard NORMA was built at Onehunga for the Jeffs brothers and launched in November 1913. She was a 32ft flushdecker with an anonymous 10hp engine but had a 30hp 4 cylinder Wolseley installed in the winter of 1919. The Jeffs sold her to C. “Shorty” Schnauer in January 1921. In the 1930s she was sold to Whitianga for game fishing. She was owned there by Bill Clark and was in Whitianga until at least 1980.
    I don’t know this MARINA under that name. There were many MARINAS, another one gamefishing out of Mangawai in the early thirties owned by Franich but it can’t be this one.

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  8. It seems to my eye, that those 2 boats seem to be being unloaded off a coastal vessel of some kind — perhaps a larger scow — I don’t think it’s a lorry. — KEN R

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  9. You state the following; “The top one is dated 14-01-2015. ” Could I suggest that a weekend of RWC rugby, boating, sun and to many other treats, caused a mistype and it should read 1915.
    I am certain the back ground is much more built up today than it was at that time of the photo.

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