OLIVE (Tokatea > Enna De > Waitika)

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OLIVE (Tokatea > Enna De > Waitika)
photo & details ex Baden Pascoe

Today’s post is of the very stunning small seiner, Olive, built for Morgan Hayward by Ernie Harvey. Morgan owned or was a partner in one of the Thames “Fish Sheds” as they called them in the old days. (Shortland Fish Co Ltd). Olive was later purchased by Sanfords.
Baden thinks in the above photo, Ernie is the man under the boat with braces on.

I’m not sure if she was christened Tokatea when launched or if that was a later name change. Tokatea is the name of the mountain ridge between Coromandel town and Kennedy Bay. In the 1870’s Tokatea was the site of extensive gold-mining activity.

Baden does not know her launching date & is keen to learn more about Olive & what became of her.

Input from Harold Kidd

Lovely image of OLIVE. According to Chris Rabey, who knew her well, and please amplify these comments, Ray, Ernie Harvey built OLIVE in 1934 at Thames (I would have thought a shade earlier, perhaps). Anyway she was registered as suitable for wartime purposes as OLIVE in 1940 No. TS21 owned by L.M. Hayward of Thames with a 44hp Kelvin and dimensions of 43’x11’x4′.
She became TOKATEA much later when bought by the Government as a Fisheries Patrol vessel. Later again (about 1965) Bert Subritzky bought her and renamed her ENNA DE after his wife, the former Enna De Vera Davenport. I think it was then that Chris was on her.
I identified her, with Chris’ help, derelict at Lake Dunstan in 2008 and later at Oamaru in 2011, renamed WAITIKA.

Below is a photo of Ernie Harvey on his 80th birthday.

Ernest-80th birthday

Photo of Olive/Tokatea at Thames c.1950’s ex Geoff Brebner

Tokatea

05-03-2016  Input from Baden Pascoe

Fore foot is exactly same profile as boat in photo. Just remember she has been built up, note the change in angle of tumble home, a sure sign of an extra plank.

23-05-2016 Photo below of Tokatea at Whangarei 1952 ex Geoff Brebner

Tokatea Whangarei 1952

19 thoughts on “OLIVE (Tokatea > Enna De > Waitika)

  1. No Harold, not spooky but perhaps a case of mistaken identity. If you can email me back – macsuper@xtra.co.nz – I can send pic’s of TOKATEA, built by WG Lowe & Sons – 1958 approx – for the Fisheries, and yes, she was based at Coro and partially sank there when her skipper [ Neil McDonald possibly ], clipped the black rocks in the dark while seeking to chase a trawler sneaking out to do a “burglar shot” as they called them in those days. Indeed, just forward of the engine room bulkhead, port side, she had 2 or 3 short planks and a couple of tingles where she had been repaired. Rodger Edwards and I tendered for her when Fisheries bought in the big Steber boats circa 1987/88 and took her to Tauranga. I have a recent shot of her last year in McLeod’s Bay, Whangarei also.

    Prior to Tokatea we also owned another ex fisheries boat, Hubert Levy [ named after a fella who worked for Lowes ] , and if you look at the step-down from the foredeck on both vessels, you will definitely see the similarity in both vessels. We were told that Hubert had a hand in both designs.

    I can’t figure out how to insert my pic’s into this

    Rgds – Ian McDonald

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  2. Crikey, I’m old!
    I used to mow lawns for Miss Olive Inglis, Snorky’s sister, across the road from my parents in Huia St., Devonport. Olive sailed on Jessie Logan with her best friend, Jessie Logan and her father, Robert Logan Sr, around 1881.
    Infected early!

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  3. Neil McDonald was the Skipper /fisheries officer on board based in Coromandel, nice guy very fair. I was on the Fisheries Patrol/Radar School vessel Ocean Star based in the Viaduct at the same time .

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  4. She can’t have a “671 3 cyl” GM it could not have been made, as the first number indicates the number of cylinders. She would have to have had a 371GM.

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  5. A most extraordinary coincidence.
    Geoff’s image made me look up at an oil painting of the Viaduct on my office wall. There, alongside AK 171, MALOLO, is OLIVE, in the same configuration as TOKATEA in Geoff’s image.
    SPOOKY!

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  6. I had a look at the Subritzky Shipping book about ENNA DE (called ENA DE in there). There’s not a great deal of info. It says she was owned by the Subritzky company from 1960 to 1973 when she was sold to the Blue Boats and had a 3 cylinder 671 GM. She was “used by Bryce and Fred Subritzky as a charter fishing vessel (50 pax)”

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  7. This OLIVE is NOT one of the Inglis-built boats OLIVENE (1915), OLIVE JEAN (1919) and OLIVE ROSE (1925). This OLIVE was built as a fishing boat in Thames as Baden says.

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  8. Lovely image of OLIVE. According to Chris Rabey, who knew her well, and please amplify these comments, Ray, Ernie Harvey built OLIVE in 1934 at Thames (I would have thought a shade earlier, perhaps). Anyway she was registered as suitable for wartime purposes as OLIVE in 1940 No. TS21 owned by L.M. Hayward of Thames with a 44hp Kelvin and dimensions of 43’x11’x4′.
    She became TOKATEA much later when bought by the Government as a Fisheries Patrol vessel. Later again (about 1965) Bert Subritzky bought her and renamed her ENNA DE after his wife, the former Enna De Vera Davenport. I think it was then that Chris was on her.
    I identified her, with Chris’ help, derelict at Lake Dunstan in 2008 and later at Oamaru in 2011, renamed WAITIKA. I’ve sent images to Alan.

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