Silver Sea


SILVER SEA 1

SILVER SEA
details ex John Ellis & Ken Ricketts, photos KR.
(edited by AH)

Silver Sea is according to her present owner, John Ellis, a  36′ Alan Williams launch built in 1960. Powered by a 120 hp Lees marinised Ford diesel, driven by a vee drive, integrated into the gearbox & 2 to 1 reduction gear. Home has been Gulf Harbour for a number of years as John bought her off a Frank Steed 4 years ago, who also kept her at GH.

Given that she sports a chart of the Whangarei cruising area mounted in her cabin, it is highly probably that at some stage she spent time in the Northern region.
Its rumoured that she featured in a 1963 issue of Sea Spray magazine –  if anyone can find the article & scan, please email to waitematawoodys@gmail.com 🙂

During Jan 2016, Silver Sea was in Brin Wilson’s Gulf Harbour shed having some routine TLC, including tightening up the caulking & re-puttying, painting etc. Now ready for re-launching.

Silver Sea pre relaunch

Harold Kidd Input

I always thought that she was designed and built by E Buckland in the North around 1946. She was in Whangarei for many years owned by Buckland, then Richard Ahlers then came to Auckland when bought by Frank Stead in November 2001, but perhaps that 36 footer SILVER SEA(S) was another boat of the same name?

21-01-2016 Food For Thought

Chatting with Harold K on how she could possibly have been mistaken for an Allen Williams launch & Harold suggested that its likely that someone has seen the BANSHEE article in Sea Spray magazine (March 1963, see below) & jumped to the conclusion that SILVER SEA was a Williams.
Williams took several whole back page ads in SEA SPRAY later in 1963 showing BANSHEE so it was a well-known image at the time.
Anyone else able to expand on this supposition? May Ian Mason ?

BANSHEE239

10-07-2016 Hauled Out At Milford Cruising Club

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10 thoughts on “Silver Sea

  1. SILVER SEA does indeed show similarities to BANSHEE so more checking is needed.
    Right now I’m trying to contact Frank Stead again and I’m looking at the fine print in the Sea Sprays before and after 1963 in case there’s some definitive statement about SILVER SEA’s provenance. Hopefully some hard facts will emerge soon.

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  2. PS Ken, I’m a tad confused.
    In 2001 I recorded that you told me that COMMANDER I was built by McGeady in 1965, seemingly solely based on the fact that she has rectangular ports under the foredeck. Now, in 2016, she’s a Wiliams (which I’m happy to accept).
    But perhaps you could share with WW precisely how you claim an Allen Williams provenance for SILVER SEA? Any scrap of hard evidence or just anecdote and assumption again?
    I would be delighted to get the truth of it, no matter what it is.

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  3. Whatever! The present owner of the boat obviously didn’t discuss her provenance with Frank Stead who was quite clear on it. Unfortunately Richard Ahlers died a couple of years ago.
    Thus is “history” made (and unmade).

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  4. I can see similarities in the hull to COMANDER ONE, built by Alan W. for Norm Fairlie around the same era & I am confident that my info. from the present owner was probably correct, I can see later Williams styling in her bow in particular — compare with COMANDER ONE, & I also think the design was quite a while after 1946, to me she is definitely later 50s or 60s. — KEN R

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  5. My information came from former owner Frank Stead who seemed to know his onions. I have no idea why he didn’t pass that information on to the present owner or, if he did, why it got “adjusted”.
    Like Colin, I can’t see Allen Williams in her.

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  6. She doesn’t look like a Williams boat to me. When you see her in the flesh she’s quite different.
    A bit more like an Orams perhaps?
    I would however concede Mr Kidd is a greater source of such knowledge than I.

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  7. I always thought that she was designed and built by E Buckland in the North around 1946. She was in Whangarei for many years owned by Buckland, then Richard Ahlers then came to Auckland when bought by Frank Stead in November 2001, but perhaps that 36 footer SILVER SEA(S) was another boat of the same name?

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