Silvery Main

SILVERY MAIN
photo ex Pam Cundy

Today’s photo of Silvery Main was sent in by Pam from the Whangateau Traditional Boat yard & was taken last weekend at Kawau Island.
Now I’m not a big fan of flybridges on older boats but the one on Silvery Main has been done well, nice proportions.
Can anyone shed some light on the history of the launch?

Harold Kidd Input

I have SILVERY MAIN’s original plans and details of her early history from Bob Cairns, her former owner for 5 years. I’ll post the plans when I’ve had them copied. However, essentially her hull was the 28ft sport fisherman SEA STRIKE design by Rogers Winter of Florida with the cabin top and interior only designed by Claude Smith who built her in Whangarei. Her first owner was a chap called Hermann, a mill-owner from Whangarei who had her built to tow logs from Kawau to Sandspit when he got the contract to fell the pines.She was built much heavier than the American design and had far less power.
Very sweet design!

08-12-2015 Input from Ray Morey
‘Silvery Main’ was built by Alan Smith of Whangarei for Charlie Herman of Herman Timbers & in my eyes another example of flowing curves spoiled by straight lines and square corners plonked on top of a nice hull.
The bit about being built to tow logs was a bit of creative accounting for tax purposes, yes she is heavily built and underpowered and probably had a limited survey for a time but I did all of the log hauling for Charlie with the new twinscrew tug ‘Tangaroa’ and the Tauranga built barge ‘Rakanui’ belonging to Whangarei Towboats Ltd. The logs were pushed over a cliff at Schoolhouse Bay and I loaded on the flats there. I also built, with the help of the logging contractor (Mike Johnson) a bit of a landing in South Cove and took several loads out of there.

02-01-2016 Input from Alastair MacKenzie

“A few memories of the Silvery Main from the mid to late 1960’s when she was owned by my then employer Charlie Herman skippered mainly by my off-sider Barney Mahanga and used  by the  Hermans as their family launch. We would use her also to tow the Co’s small barge with freight and goods from Sandspit but she certainly never towed barges of logs – far too flash for that !!
All the logs we produced were towed to Whangarei from both Schoolhouse Bay and South Cove from a landing built by Mike Johnson. The barges were Bert Subritzskies which we would load with an old Skagit swing boom log hauler!  It was always a drama to get the barge loaded in time for the next high tide.”

7 thoughts on “Silvery Main

  1. I have SILVERY MAIN’s original plans and details of her early history from Bob Cairns, her former owner for 5 years. I’ll post the plans when I’ve had them copied. However, essentially her hull was the 28ft sport fisherman SEA STRIKE design by Rogers Winter of Florida with the cabin top and interior only designed by Claude Smith who built her in Whangarei. Her first owner was a chap called Hermann, a mill-owner from Whangarei who had her built to tow logs from Kawau to Sandspit when he got the contract to fell the pines.She was built much heavier than the American design and had far less power.
    Very sweet design!

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  2. Come on Pam, they’re long, scaly, lizard-like, flying creatures with three toes on each foot, who rush about, breathing fire and chasing the pearl of wisdom.

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  3. I sold her to Doc Gabriele Tetro, Clifton Rd, Takapuna. His widow Sally still lives there & might be able to supply more information.

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  4. Good morning, Silvery main was designed and built by the late Allen Smith from Whangarei. she had beautiful mahogany combings which set off the whole picture. About 20 years ago she was used to tow three International Dragons from Whangarei to Kawau Island for the their National championship weekend. On the return trip with a stiff Northerly one of the Dragons broke away but was soon “recaptured”. Silvery Main didn’t even blink at the load.

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