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.


7 thoughts on “New Golden Hind

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  2. 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.


  3. 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


  4. 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 …


  5. 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.


  6. 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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