Lady Karita






I very happy to be able to advise that the 1938,43′ Sam Ford designed bridge decker Lady Karita is now in the hands of a new woodys friendly owner, Murray Shaw. Murray also owns the Collings & Bell bridge decker Kawhiti so the man has been bitten by the bug 🙂 . Work is already underway to return her to her former glory, see photo above, ex Steve Thomas, of ‘work-in-progress’ restoring her brightwork. The immediate plans are for her to remain in the Nelson region, but hopefully one day we will see her back on the Waitemata.

Lady Karita was built in Kauri for a flag officer of the Ponsonby Cruisng Club, Mr Victor Salek. Powered by Ford 130hp diesel, shaft drive, sees her cruising economically at 8.5 Knots. For many years she has been based in the Pelorus Sounds.

Back in June, CYA member Mark McLaughlin (Mapuna) alerted me to the fact that LK was on the market, Marks father has been Lady Karita’s caretaker/skipper for the last 15 years in Havelock & supplied the 2 press clippings below.


04-04-2018 Photo below ex owner Murray Shaw of Lady Karita hauled out in Nelson. In the background is Lady Ellison – nice to see the two Sam Ford built launches together 🙂



9 thoughts on “Lady Karita

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  2. In my humble view, undoubtedly the most beautiful Sam Ford designed built boat he ever produced.
    She is absolutely stunningly timeless, to me, with the outstandingly beautiful flare in the bow, & the symmetry that follows through the whole boat, which I can now see, is both inside & out. –

    Full marks to the new owner for his wonderful restoration of this ageless beauty.

    I just hope that one day he realises that she wants to be up here, where she originally came from, but of course, she is not able to tell him that, where so many of us can & want to admire her in the flesh. — KEN R


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  4. I have it on good authority from the second owner , that the names of the daughters where KARen & LaRITA = KARITA with the R common to both .


  5. That occurred to me too, but syntax would require her to be called LADIES KARITA surely? Whatever, she’s a stunning launch.


  6. There’s a really odd thing about the name LADY KARITA.
    Victor Salek had a daughter LARITA (born 1929), not KARITA. Larita Salek went with her mother to Sydney after Victor’s separation and divorce not long after LADY KARITA was launched and later became a horse trainer. She went to the US and married there in 1962. I doubt if there’s anybody alive to ask why.


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