Lake Taupo Launches

Lake Taupo Launches
photo ex Paul Drake

Today’s photo was sent in by Paul ex his brother Roger. Roger collects old Taupo postcards & this one is part of the collection. The post card was tagged ‘Launch Haven, Waikato River, Taupo’.
The recently posted launch ‘Katoa’ can be seen center right, can we ID any of the others?

10-12-2015 Input from Paul Drake

In the stream from the left – KAHURANGI (said to be home built in Hastings – last seen at Mana Marina some years ago being set up as a live-aboard). NGARO (Lidgard?). ARCADIA (said to be a Slattery and still at Taupo but with a different cabin). KATOA.

Moored to the river bank – at far left is KOTAHI (now at Auckland Zoo as previously discussed on ww.) At far right alongside each other are MARY (last seen on the Whanganui River) and HAPPY DAYS.

On the far side of the river above KATOA is NOMAD (previously owned by the Bull family who replaced her with KATOA). NOMAD last heard of at Rotorua.

2 thoughts on “Lake Taupo Launches

  1. ARCADIA was built by Joe Slattery in December 1912 for R Neill. She was owned for many years at Rangitoto by Horace Stewart. HAPPY DAYS may be the 1923 Sam Ford HAPPY DAYS built for Rotorua in 1923, although modified with an odd dee-front cabin top. NOMAD could be the Sam Ford NOMAD.

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