Today’s story has come about by 4 people digging me in the ribs – started off with Chris Manning letting me know that he had purchased Fleetwing, but not really for future ownership – more to protect her from future neglect & to secure a new owner that has the vision & passion to bring her back to the condition a vessel with her provenance deserves.
Next Nathan Herbert gives we a nudge, then Ian McDonald, then Cameron Pollard emails me, now if you know Cameron he is a man of few words (in emails) his message was “some woody needs to buy this”. And someone does.
Fleetwing is a 32′ kauri carvel planked hull, built at St Mary’s Bay, Auckland at the Collings & Bell yard, launched September 1920. She has spent the majority of her life in the Marlborough Sounds as a commuter and work launch.
No engine, no propeller, other running gear in place. No ancillaries/tanks. Hull appears sound and appears to have had significant refastening work done in the recent past. The deckhouse would benefit from the use of a chainsaw.
Currently lying on a mooring in Paremata. Can be shifted to Mana Marina Travel-lift if required.
Above are a couple of historic photos . The photos of her with the Aramoana green hull are as current.
So woodys if you are seriously seeking a historic New Zealand launch for refit or restoration then Fleetwing could be for you.
You can read more about her at the ww link below. You’ll find her list on trademe at $900 ono – yeap – $900.
12-11-2016 update ex Gavin Pascoe – In the colour photos the launch in the background is another Collings and Bell, named Surprise. Built for Cook Strait whaling again on the concave convex principle.