Lion

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LION
details ex trademe

MV Lion was commissioned in (1908) 1912 for use on Lake Wakaptipu, serving the family and owners of Walter Peak, Fernhill and Mt Nicholas Stations.
Constructed from kauri planking to a canoe stern design she was designed to handle the choppy and unpredictable conditions of Lake Wakatipu. Her spec are – Length: 38′,
Beam: 9′, Draft: 3′ & she is powered by a Yanmar 51hp.
Has previously operated as a charter vessel on Wakatipu.

Anyone able to supply details on the designer / builder etc?

Harold Kidd Input

LION was built by James M’Pherson in Dunedin in late 1912, NOT 1908, for Hugh McKenzie of Lake Wakatipu and fitted with a 21hp 3 cylinder Clifton engine.The 1908 is a constant myth, despite my efforts to persuade various owners to get it right. Hey, the guy who owns a boat is entitled to create or perpetuate his myths. It’s always the way.

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  1. Hi all, My name is Graham Caird , a shipwright of 40 years and I have a long history of having worked on Lion. It started circa mid / late1990’s when asked to check and re calk the under water section for Kevin Sexton of Queenstown nearing the completion of his re build. Some years following this I was then asked to complete a tidy up for the Manapouri Owners circa 2009 which included extensive hull planking and rib replacement and a general tidy up. Lion now has a new owner and on January 24th 2019 she arrived back at my Invercargill workshop for what will be her most extensive spruce up ever. It appears that little expense will be spared and Lion will be returned to Wakatipu where she belongs. Shortly we will start a website for all to follow ( Probably ) http://www.lionrestoration.co.nz ( to be confirmed )
    For this reason I am interested to receive any genuine facts on her history , such as a copy of any proof of age such as ” The NZ Yachtsman ” article. This sort of documentation can of course be added to the website which will straiten out all myths. Earlier photo’s than the one on the NZ Stamp would be appreciated as I not convinced that the cabin design in that photo is original either.
    My email is grahamtheboatman@gmail.com
    If anyone is interested , you can view pictures of the last spruce up on my website, RepairMyBoat.co.nz ( Go to Gallery ). And click on a picture of Lion to open up more.
    Thank you all in advance for any assistance.

    Regards Graham R Caird
    Shipwright, Trained at RD Scott Ltd Invercargill 1978 – 1985 ( Davey Scott’s last apprentice before retirement at 71 years of age.
    I trade as “Southern Classic Boats” ( G C Marine Enterprises Ltd ) Since May 2001

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  2. Hi Matt. There are numerous contemporary reports. The main ones on line at Papers Past are Progress of August 1913 which has a photograph and details of her Clifton engine. The first reference to her in action is in Lake Wakatipu Times of 29/10/1912. The key reference however is in New Zealand Yachtsman of 31/8/12 (not on line) which describes her as being built by M’Pherson currently.

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  3. HI Harold
    My name is Matt Hunter and our family owned Lion for twenty years or so from around 1970-71 prior to the upgrade first undertaken by Kevin Sexton, Frankton, Queenstown in the late eighties,early 90’s. I would be most interested personally in the references re-build and launch date if you had them available. Thanks in advance
    Matt

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  4. Sorry to harp on about this, but Hugh McKenzie and his sons had two launches built by James M’Pherson, PACIFIC, built in early 1910 and shipped to the Lake in August 1910 after M’Pherson had used it for racing with the Otago clubs and then LION, named after the battle-cruiser HMS LION, launched in late 1910. by the patriotic McKenzie. The McKenzie ran both launches for a time.

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  5. Well, M’Pherson built some fine launches in the southern double-ender tradition as well as some fine yachts like the Tino Rawa Trust’s TUCANA.

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  6. Thanks. Sorry to be (characteristically) grumpy about this. I have three cross-references substantiating 1912 and shared them with the owner.

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  7. LION was built by James M’Pherson in Dunedin in late 1912, NOT 1908, for Hugh McKenzie of Lake Wakatipu and fitted with a 21hp 3 cylinder Clifton engine.The 1908 is a constant myth, despite my efforts to persuade various owners to get it right. Hey, the guy who owns a boat is entitled to create or perpetuate his myths. It’s always the way.

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