Upper Harbour Power Boat Racing


Upper Harbour Power Boat Racing
photo ex Historic NZ Photos

I may have posted this before, but do not think so, there are a lot of similar images around from c.1930’s of motorboats moored to watch a power boat regatta held in the upper reaches of Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour.

Russell Ward commented that the launch on the left is Little Tasman, which given how good-looking she is would have to be correct.

Anyone able to ID the launch on the right & supply some details on the wee racer Peggy?

12-01-2016 Harold Kidd Input

It’s pretty clear to me that this pic was taken at the NZPBA Regatta at the Whau Creek/River on Saturday 18th February 1928. TASMAN was an entrant in the race for “fast cruisers” and PEGGY in the Burns Gold Cup for outboards.
The starters in the fast cruisers race were TARUA (scr), TASMAN (3m), ROMANCE II (5m 45s) and LADY MARGARET (8m40s). TARUA carrying number 18 won from TASMAN carrying 82. I think it’s possible the mystery launch in the above image is TARUA (photo below). While the hull details in the above image generally match, the strake forward is absent and she’s painted quite differently. What do you guys reckon?
If not TARUA then she’s a spectator launch and there’s no record of those for this event.

13 thoughts on “Upper Harbour Power Boat Racing

  1. Not the same boat Harold, the boat pictured with LTasman was a racer. Unsure of details but she is in numerous photos around the place; one covered with passengers, one racing pretty quickly with All Bell and co, and so on and so forth.

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  2. Yeah, Betty. I looked at a book on the Richmond Cruising/Yacht Club a couple of guys wrote, but waited for one of them to respond. It will be interesting to hear Donald Webster’s comments when he gets back. Is it Trentham and why PEGGY?

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  3. It’s pretty clear to me that this pic was taken at the NZPBA Regatta at the Whau Creek/River on Saturday 18th February 1928. TASMAN was an entrant in the race for “fast cruisers” and PEGGY in the Burns Gold Cup for outboards.
    The starters in the fast cruisers race were TARUA (scr), TASMAN (3m), ROMANCE II (5m 45s) and LADY MARGARET (8m40s). TARUA carrying number 18 won from TASMAN carrying 82. I think it’s possible the mystery launch in the above image is TARUA. I’ve sent an image of TARUA to Alan. While the hull details in the above image generally match, the strake forward is absent and she’s painted quite differently. What do you guys reckon?
    If not TARUA then she’s a spectator launch and there’s no record of those for this event.

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  4. Nah, funny bow, aft sheer is a little too jaunty from this angle. Not the best placement of the single for’d porthole…. If I can throw stones 😛

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  5. The boat behind Little Tasman appears to be a perfect example of her type, with proper sheer, cabin angles and even a little flair in the bow, I don’t recall ever seeing one like her so well proportioned.

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  6. I’ve spent some (too much) time figuring this out. I think the chap in PEGGY is either Trentham C Webster or (possibly) his son Blair and the boat is named after Blair’s sister Peggy. The Webster family still owns 75 Sarsfield St and the boatshed into the harbour. Donald Webster, Blair’s son, is still on holiday but I’ll contact him when he gets back for a positive ID.

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  7. PEGGY was active in outboard racing from January 1928 until the end of the 1927-8 season. She was for sale in October 1928 with a Johnson Standard Twin at 75 Sarsfield St., Ponsonby.
    I don’t know who built her (maybe Sam Ford?), owned her or what happened to her. At least we can date the image to the first quarter of 1928 on the Whau River.
    The launch astern of TASMAN looks familiar. She’s not MANUIA but has a Slattery look, which raises the issue of rampant guesswork on provenance.

    Wouldn’t it would be nice to set up a photographic database of every launch in NZ of the Classic period. I’ve worked out a simple recognition code based on the concept of the locomotive wheel arrangement code but much more refined in detail. The trouble is to track the seemingly annual changes these launches underwent. This means that everything above the sheer should be pretty much disregarded.

    Any thoughts on that?

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