Roma

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ROMA

Today’s photo was emailed in by Ross Dawson & shows a launch tied up at what I assume is the Clevedon wharf.  I assume this because the photo appeared in a new book about the history of Clevedon, called ‘Voices of Belonging’ (by Jessie Munro). The small building on the wharf is a ‘butter shed’, used for storing butter, waiting collection. Note the louvered sides for ventilation
Ross has suggested the launch is the Bailey & Lowe ‘Roma’.

Any of the woodys able to confirm or ID the launch. Any more info?

Harold Kidd Input

She’s ROMA all right, a 35 footer built in 1910 by Tom Le Huquet at Devonport for J. P. Howden, then Commodore of the NZPBA. She had an 18hp 3 cylinder Zealandia engine. She came ashore in 1918 and broke up. A sistership was ZEALANDIA/DORIS M which was also Zealandia-powered, but had a different arrangement of cabin ports.

Now hows this for a little weird – yesterday I bagged the British for being low viewers of the ww site – if you check out the listing below, you will see that the United Kingdom shot to #3. (from #12) I can only think that a lot of you forwarded ww’s URL (web address) to your friends – if you did many thanks – lets see if they hang in for the ride 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Roma

  1. Hi Harold, Thanks for your info…I got the Bailey & Lowe reference from your book Vintage NZ Launches, page 40, but on rereading, I realise I had mistakenly picked up th B&L comment where you were referring to another launch in the background…silly old buffer!
    The picture in Jessie Munro’s new book is certainly set at the wharf at Clevedon. Her book has several other pics showing boats…it seems a trip up the Wairoa to the pub was quite popular with Auckland boatees….not so common today but still very accessible….the pub puts on a good feed.
    Btw my elder brother Keith, ex Tercel yacht Roxane as part owner with Dick Wellington, is still going in Australia, aged 103.
    Ross Dawson

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  2. She’s ROMA all right, a 35 footer built in 1910 by Tom Le Huquet at Devonport for J. P. Howden, then Commodore of the NZPBA. She had an 18hp 3 cylinder Zealandia engine. She came ashore in 1918 and broke up. A sistership was ZEALANDIA/DORIS M which was also Zealandia-powered, but had a different arrangement of cabin ports.

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