Unknown Motorboat & Seaplane + Cool Event Invite

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UNKNOWN MOTORBOAT & SEAPLANE

Hello woodys, triple header today – name the motor boat, the seaplane & event / gathering, if there is one? Lots of people lining the breakwater, so possibly a VIP onboard. Photo belongs to the Tudor Collins collection at the Auckland Museum, emailed to me by Ken Ricketts (as is the M-class photo below)

CLASSIC YACHT & LAUNCH EXHIBITION INVITE

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Once again the Tino Rawa Trust is hosting the annual Classic Yacht & Launch Exhibition – this years exhibition celebrates the iconic Mullet Boat.
On this Saturday & Sunday 10am > 4pm – Karanga Plaza – Halsey ST, Wynyard Quarter (in front of the ‘old’ Team NZ base)

ENTRY IS FREE – Further details here http://www.tinorawatrust.co.nz

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I APOLOGIZE
If sometimes I’m a tad slow in answering your emails – that is because I average around a 100 emails a day relating to ww. BUT keep them coming, I love hearing from you all. 🙂

Harold Kidd Input

The PanAm flight was a proving flight in late December 1937. PanAm  had set up an infrastructure at Mechanics Bay for their Sikorsky flying boat SAMOA CLIPPER which Imperial Airways’ Short Empire CENTAURUS also used. Capt Edwin Musick was pilot in command of the Sikorsky. Musick Point was named after him when the SAMOA CLIPPER caught fire and crashed at Samoa while dumping fuel preparatory to landing. The Short arrived just after the Sikorsky, obviously to show that the Brits were up to it as well as the Yanks. The Short’s range made it unable to carry a viable payload across the Tasman however.
As for the runabout/launch, the only reference I can find is that PanAm had a “special launch” at Mechanics Bay. Need to dig deeper.

7 thoughts on “Unknown Motorboat & Seaplane + Cool Event Invite

  1. I would say that since it’s a Pan American aircraft they probably provided the American Chris Craft as the Auckland support vessel for it. –KEN R

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  2. Location is the water space the current port occupies. The old Ford assembly plant at the bottom of York St Parnell to the extreme right of the photo and the cut for the rail shunting yard at the bottom of Gladstone Rd at the left. The rip-rap wall would have been at the extent of the reclamation along the line of current Quay St and leading to the commencement of Tamaki Dr…

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  3. Robin will come thundering in soon about the Emmy. Looks like the Boulder Bank at Nelson to me.

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  4. The PanAm flight was a proving flight in late December 1937. PanAm had set up an infrastructure at Mechanics Bay for their Sikorsky flying boat SAMOA CLIPPER which Imperial Airways’ Short Empire CENTAURUS also used. Capt Edwin Musick was pilot in command of the Sikorsky. Musick Point was named after him when the SAMOA CLIPPER caught fire and crashed at Samoa while dumping fuel preparatory to landing. The Short arrived just after the Sikorsky, obviously to show that the Brits were up to it as well as the Yanks. The Short’s range made it unable to carry a viable payload across the Tasman however.
    As for the runabout/launch, the only reference I can find is that PanAm had a “special launch” at Mechanics Bay. Need to dig deeper.

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  5. Has the lines of a US Hacker type motor boat. Shipped out by Pan Am as their Auckland flyingboat passenger and mooring tender?

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  6. I can’t name the motor boat, the event is the arrival from Pago Pago of Pan America’s first flight to NZ in 1937. The aircraft was the Samoan Clipper. She was lost on her return trip to the USA.

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