ORARI II (MYSTERY LAUNCH 11-03-2016)
photos ex Robin Elliott
Another mystery launch post & if they are all as cool as this one, there will be more 🙂
Robin has sent me a collection of launch photos from the Whangarei Cruising Club Collection, as far as Robin knows, all are from the 1940’s early 1950’s & and were taken by Palmer Photography in Whangarei (1910-1999). Most by the late Graeme Palmer and possibly some older ones by his father.
So woodys who can ID this one? ITS ORARI II
Update from Robin Elliott
Orari II was featured in Sea Spray August 1960 when owned by Harry Julian. While I see similarities in the hull, the cabin (with venetian blinds – Luxaflex no doubt) is quite different, having been pushed forward right to the mast.
Does this still match with your opinions of those original pix being Orari II?
07-07-2018 Input from Ken Ricketts (edit by Alan H)
My parents I knew Harry & June & Harry’s late father Lance, & their children well. C.1948 we cruised with them, when he used take the BARBARA W, one of his father’s tugs, away for Christmas cruises, photo below of our boat JULIANA tied to BARBARA W, one Christmas in the 1950s.
Harry shepherded 9 of us in our boats, from Kawau, in to every nook & cranny, as far as the B.O.I. Later ORARI II was his first launch of his own, he told us the story of the Fisher owner/builder facts, & that she had been kept in a shed a Whangarei all her life, & he was just her second owner, & she of had the 2 Chrysler Royals, which stayed there, for many years.
He kept her at Okahu / Hobson Bay & only sold her when he replaced her with the HAUNUI, ORAR II passed to Harold Parkinson, who maintained her just as beautifully as the Fishers & Harry, before him. She was always impeccable.
I saw her on a hardstand a few year back post 2000 & sadly the varnish had gone & she was looking quite a lot the worse for wear sadly, but hopefully sounds as if she has had some much needed T.L.C. more recently.
Also recall is that she eventually had the Chryslers replaced with 2 BMC 4 cyl diesels & if she has Perkins now, I think these must have been a subsequent replacement.
Update May 2021 – photo below, ex Dean Wright, of Orari II moored at Waitangi, Bay of Islands.