Today’s launch photo was sent to me by Scott Taylor & is ex the Takapuna Library & appeared on the facebook web site Takapuna / Devonport / Bayswater & Beyond Past & Present.
The heading stated the launch was ‘Stella’ at Hall’s Beach, Northcote. You can see the Baileys yard in the background.
Any of the woodys able to confirm the boat, a date & add any more ?
Harold Kidd Input
STELLA was built as ROVER in April 1911 by James Reid for G. Fraser of Northcote on the lines of his 32 footer SEABREEZE, a smaller version of SEABIRD. She was built on the moulds of WOLSELEY, another SEABREEZE clone. The name ROVER lasted only briefly.
She had a flat-twin Beilfuss 10/12 hp marine engine built in the US. She was moored in Little Shoal Bay.
I lose track of her in 1922 when she had changed hands and was hauled out on the VCC slip at Freemans Bay. No doubt she had a name change which I haven’t figured out. Possibly too she is the STELLA that turns up in Wellington later in the 1920s. WOLSELEY had been there since 1913, later renamed DAPHNE.
Visible on the shore at Hall’s Beach in this great pic is the boat shed of Bailey & Tyer, still in existence.