Myrtle


Myrtle

MYRTLE
photo & details ex Angus Rogers

The above photo shows Myrtle being dragged down the main street of Thames for its launching. Rumour has it Myrtle was owned by the grandfather of the lady who owns the Success Cafe at Coromandel. Sorry no names.

Such a beautiful lady & I know so little – so woodys what do you know about Myrtle?

13 thoughts on “Myrtle

  1. This boat basically matches the ww post: “Mystery Launch & A Few Yachts”. I have photos of it later on 50’s 60’s with a high dodger and also bridge deck added, but still this raised top and D front underneath

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  2. I noticed this mysterious picture on the wall of the cafe in Coromandel during our Christmas cruise. I tried to take a photo with my phone but the quality was not good enough to send in. Best date scones in the Gulf though!

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  3. What has to be understood, Bob King did a major rebuild on La Rosa in the mid 1950’s and this included building her up and creating a sheer break and this makes her look shorter. The tumble home on her transom is exactly what she has now. Bob King’s’ son Leo, told me he can vividly remember her long low cabin with the rounded front. I will show him this photo and see if he can further confirm if this is La Rosa.

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  4. Some further confirmation of Baden’s proposal. Frank Bryce Innes was a farmer at Paeroa. His daughter Myrtle Elizabeth Innes was born in 1908. Can’t quite figure out why he called his 1906 launch MYRTLE (his wife was Ethel Jane), but deeply suspect the daughter was called after the launch. A man with his priorities right!

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  5. Could be the angle of the shot, she looks to be quite lengthy, certainly dwarfs the horses which would have been Clydesdales or the like. Perhaps the team had been employed to spare the lorries from the salt water. Having said that I still think it pre 1927

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  6. Lovely picture!
    My tuppence-worth is as follows.
    1.There was a MYRTLE at the Thames owned by Innes in 1906, much too early for this boat. Innes took part in the 1906 Netherton Regatta with her.
    2. Innes sold that MYRTLE to Rolton of Thames shortly after.
    3. This launch is very like launches built at Thames by John Kennedy around the 1910-4 period. See Robin Elliott’s and my book “Vintage NZ Launches” where there is an image of a very similar launch, JOHN KENNEDY of April 1911.
    4. Maybe then this isn’t the original 1906 MYRTLE but another MYRTLE built to replace her, or it’s not MYRTLE at all?
    5. However, the common thread of the name MYRTLE and Innes’ ownership tends to suggest that Baden is on the right track.
    6. But I can’t get over the old-fashioned look of the boat. Would Ernie Harvey have built a launch looking like this as late as 1927? I guess builders built what their owners wanted, but still.
    7. And then there’s the horses! Barbara’s right. Thames was an engineering centre in 1927 with Prices and other major engineering firms like D. McL. Wallace nearby. In 1927 I would have thought the town was swimming with Thornycroft or Republic lorries which would have done the job more effectively. My grandfather served his time at Prices and was engineering at Te Aroha at the time.

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  7. Dare I say it would more than likely be earlier than 1927. Note the team of horses ready to do the hauling. I would have thought that vehicles were well in use by the late 20’s. I could well be wrong, I wasn’t around then…..twenty or more years before my arrival! Nice boat.

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  8. I have compared the stem lines of the 2 boats & LA ROSA has a deeper stem in the foot of the bow than MYRTLE. also, MYRTLE rolls under more above the waterline at the tuck. I believe they are 2 different boats. — KEN R

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  9. I have a very strong belief that this boat is now Ward House’s La Rosa built by E Harvey mid 1920’s. It is understood she was later named Colville Marie then La Rosa. I also understand her first owner was a Mr Innes of Paeroa. Has she more photos?

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