New Golden Hind

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New Golden Hind
photos ex Gavin Bedggood & Roger Welch

Yesterdays story on ww featured a great photo of several motorboats & yachts on the beach in front of the Deemings Yard in Opua, Bay of Islands. The photo came from the Coralie Hilton collection, Coralie’s maiden name was Deeming (her father) & her mother was a Bedggood, so that’s how Gavin came by these photos.
In yesterdays story the ‘main actor’ was the 93′ ketch ‘New Golden Hind’, today I have posted more photos from Coralie’s collection, these ones show her build & post launch.
The New Golden Hind was a Chas. Bailey Jr. design & built Deemings for a Mr. Jenkins.

Below is a link to a great blog read about a Pacific cruise aboard the New Golden Hind. The story is by Roger Welch & documents his father, Henry Thomas Welch, on a 1940’s cruise aboard the New Golden Hind to the Pacific Islands . Some of the photos above relate to this story. They are more photos at the link below  “My Dad, Henry Thomas Welch, was raised in the little country town of Te Awamutu in the Waikato area, the mid North Island of New Zealand. He was an only child, and grew up during the Great Depression. His Dad, Thomas Henry Welch, was by all accounts a hard-working man, with a strong Christian sense of duty to his wife and family. In those days everyone had to work, so it was the case that Dad virtually grew up working in the family butcher shop. I have a framed black and white photograph in my boardroom of Dad on horseback in the 1920s outside the butcher shop. Despite gaining his University Entrance exam (UE) at Hamilton Tech, he was unable to afford to go to University in Auckland. By 1940, at the age of 26,  I suppose that he was frustrated with a small town existence and wanderlust took over. Dad got away to crew on a 90 ft yacht that was sailing to the then remote Pacific Islands, a young man’s dream. As far as I can determine he had no previous sailing experience.  From a short note signed by Mr. Jenkins (the owner of the boat) I  gather Dad signed aboard as a paying crew.  Very much on “a wing and a prayer” as there was precious little money in the family kitty in 1940.

I recount the story of Dad’s trials and tribulations aboard the ketch he called “Golden Hind”, named obviously for the famous ship that carried Sir Francis Drake on his epic voyage around the world. According to a newspaper clipping (“Auckland Star”) at the time the ship was actually named the “New Golden Hind”, and owned by Mr. H. R. Jenkins. The ship was a 94 ft schooner, although subsequently dimensions are given as 93 ft overall, with a 22 ft beam, and 10 ft draft. The ship in the previous year had made a similar trip, which constituted her maiden voyage. According to the “Star”, “She behaved well in all weather encountered, and the engine which was used much of the time as the winds were light, never gave any trouble.” In addition to Mr. Jenkins, and the crew, the party aboard includes Miss Culford Bell, and Mrs. Harrison, of Auckland, Mr. W. E. Mitchell of Nelson, and Mr. Welch, of Te Awamutu.  Dad paid a princely sum of five pounds a week for the trip, as working crew, and in this regard, please see letter in the gallery from Mr. Jenkins”


‘New Golden Hind, Chas. Bailey Jr. Deemings, 1939, Okiato (Opua)’

Nathan, well done.  I email you re which framed print you want from Robert Brooke’s boat – Beautiful Boats.

23-06-2016 update from Harold Kidd – photo below of Chas Bailey Jr. wishing Jenkins well on the departure of the yacht on its Pacific voyage.


19 thoughts on “New Golden Hind

  1. Thanks for posting, My name is Matt Noakes we had a large photograph of the new golden hind on the wall of my parents home at Waipu Northland. Harry Jenkins the first owner was my great grand father who had an amazing life incl MP for roads, Gane Milking, te paki tung oil etc.,
    Harry had many boats including a Fairmile. We were told that the New Golden hind was gifted to the NZ Gov for war services and burnt to the water line after the war. In the early nineties (in Fremantle WA) I picked up a small scrappy paper back which was an account of a adventuring couple who picked up a “wreck” in the islands and rebuilt her at great cost and suffering (financial). The name of that boat was “The New Golden Hind”. The boat was renamed and the couple went adventuring in the South Seas. At the time I thought what an amazing coincidence . The book had photos. It looked like the same boat…..


  2. Came across this page when looking for more information about the vessel. Am currently transcribing my grandfathers letters written when he was a Coastwatcher during the war, located on the atoll of Nassau for about a year and half. He mentions the Golden Hind a few times as the regular supply vessel for the area. This is 1943 / 44. (though ‘regular supplies’ means every 9 months!)


  3. After WW2 the NZ Government sold NEW GOLDEN HIND to Athol Rusden and R Baker of Auckland and E. Sheehan of Whangarei. They sold her to Herve & Co of Tahiti and she burned to the waterline at Raroia in the Tuamotus in February 1953.
    Wonderful vessel. Will we ever see her like again?


  4. Alan said he would post the pictures and clippings, but has not yet.

    This may be nearly correct.
    1. After H.R. Jennings in 1942 the Government took her over and she was used as a supply vessel in the Pacific until the end of the war.
    2. In 1951 (my father onboard as crew) on Sept. 28th while enroute from Makemo to Hikeuru she ran onto Marutea reef. After many hours using stern anchors, winches, shifting ballast etc they got her off damaged but not taking on water. The Tahitian crew were impressed with her 3 skin 31/2″ Kauri hull.
    3. The Owners sold her in Tahiti to Athol Rusden (and maybe a partner?) who wrote a book ‘Rascal of the pacific’.
    4. My father then left New Golden Hind. After that there are conflicting reports about her demise. My Dad told me she had coal in her stern and an explosion and fire took her down??
    5. After the sale my Dad then went to Southampton to help deliver there new yacht “Philante II” (converted by T Sopwith from America’s cup fame) back to the Pacific.
    6. In Tahiti “Philante II” was sold again and Dad and three others were stranded after the sale but managed to get back to Wellington,NZ on the Dutch immigrant ship “Sibajak”.


  5. PS Gane produced entire milking machine equipment for the farmer which was patented in 1909/10 and pretty much dominated the market if only because they had tariff protection from Alfa Laval. They also ran a top end engineering shop in The Strand Parnell doing automotive work and all light engineering including the clock for the Auckland University Tower.


  6. I’m confused. The Auckland Star clipping is from the issue of May 2nd 1940 and the other from 1939. Are they meant to refer to 1951?
    Harry Jenkins did several Pacific jaunts in NEW GOLDEN HIND despite the outbreak of WW2 but high-tailed home when war with Japan was imminent, before Pearl Harbour I think. He brought a Bounty anchor back from Tahiti on that trip.
    Jenkins owned GANE Engineering which produced fine cream separators to rival the Swedish ALFA LAVAL equipment which was introduced many years before.


  7. Harry Jenkins wife Dot was a Drake, her great grandfather was Thomas Drake descendant of John Drake brother of Sir Frances Drake hence Golden Hind name. Also to Geoff Brebner,s comment about Alpha Laval milking, Harry owned Gains engineering which produced the first milking machine ,their was a competition in england for who had the best design miking machine so harry took his machine to england and won hands down.


  8. Hi Alan.

    Thanks for doing this.

    My Dad was Brian O’Donoghue. The pictures are in Moorea (1951?) He is standing on the beach. The clippings explain it all. Dad went on to build x3 Kauri Herreshoff yachts in the 60’s and 70’s. Aotea (H28), Tarua (Neria) which he won the inaugural Whangarei-Noumea in 1964 and Araminta (Araminta design) which he sailed from Paihia to San Francisco in 1977 and started a new life in the Sausilito area.

    New Golden Hind had quite a history.


    Russell O’Donoghue


  9. Hi. I have newspaper clippings and a photo of New Golden Hind from 1951? My Father was crew when she was reefed and then sold etc. Let me know how I can post them. Cheers.


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  11. The truth is that she was completely built by Deemings at Opua under Chas Bailey’s supervision. She was then sailed to Auckland. I will post an image of her alongside at Auckland with Chas Bailey shaking hands with Jenkins.
    Originally she was to have a Cummins as in SHENANDOAH but finished up with a 66hp Kelvin diesel plus an auxiliary 7hp Kelvin for the generator etc. I can’t remember if the Kelvin was fitted in Auckland. It’s sure to be in the Jenkins biography “And Not To Yield” which Nathan has.
    Renamed ARTEMISE, she was burnt to the waterline at Raroia, in the Tuamotus, in February 1953 when owned by Herve & Co of Tahiti. Such was the fate of a number of schooners in that part of the Pacific at the time, curiously.


  12. Her auxiliary engine was a K3 Kelvin. I have been told two stories on the installation , one, the empty hull was towed (after launching) up to Russel and the coaster which brought the engine from Auckland lowered it in to place with her cargo gear, the other that the agents engineers dismantled it and lugged the components down below and re-assembled it on the beds (I helped John Wright do this with one of “Alma’s” engines, also a K3) I don’t know which is the truth. After the masts, spars and rigging were secured on deck she was steamed down to Auckland where a crane dropped the masts in


  13. Fascinating article. And what a feat building that yacht in that location, in the open, etc, etc. Hats off to our forebears.
    The newspaper article “Pacific Cruise, New Golden Hind. Departure for Islands “: What the devil is an ” ichthyotomist ” ? Eventually after a bit of surfing arrived at:

    As you do I got sidetracked to Roger Welch’s website. Some interesting articles …


  14. H R Jenkins was a wealthy businessman with a love of the maritime. The little I know about him was that he was the local agent for Alpha Laval milking equipment. There is some interesting information on New Golden Hind’s wartime history in Bob McDougall’s excellent book “New Zealand Naval Vessels” which recounts that she was finally destroyed by fire somewhere near Tahiti in February 1953.


  15. great shots of her construction. Why.however, the less than pretty cabin shape which to my eye is too high and must have made it so difficult to steer around, Great shots of the island cruise but do we have any of her interior or even a layout plan? What happened to her on the end?


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