Ladybird – Sailing Sunday


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Ladybird (Mystery Yacht) – Sailing Sunday

The above photo was sent to me by Russell Ward who obtained them from a patient of his, Bruce Forsyth, whose father was an avid photographer in the pre ww2 period.
This one should be pretty easy to ID 😉 Can we date the photo as well?

Looking For Info of a Mullet Boat named RAWHITI JUNIOR (N13)

I have been contacted by June Batten whose partner used to own (approx. 60 yrs ago) a mullet boat named ‘Rawhiti Junior’ and he is wondering if it is still around. He believes the sail number was N13.  June & ww would appreciate any help you can give them.

Harold Kidd Input

RAWHITI JNR was a  20ft mullet boat built by Andy Tobin in 1906. She had sail number N13 from 1922. She had many owners over the years but was lost in 1989 when owned by Vernon Lees of Hahei. She was swept out to sea from an anchorage at Blind Bay, Great Barrier and disappeared.
She was often attributed to Logan Bros, but in error.

13 thoughts on “Ladybird – Sailing Sunday

  1. Photo – Ladybird, Woollacott design, owned by the Blake family. I think Martin Foster is sailing her now days. Photo looks like she is pulled up near Devonport Yacht club, maybe prior to the Blake family ownership, as they usually pulled her out at Bayswater for maintenance.

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  2. She was owned by Vernon HARRIS of Lees Road, Hahei, not John LEES as I said.
    Sorry.
    From John Dallimore I got the info that she was damaged at Blind Bay and washed out to sea after she was offered for free in TB in May 89. Maybe not.
    Whatever, she probably met her fate shortly after that.

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  3. Not quite disappeared but it amounts to the same thing.

    Traditional Boat Newsletter in May 1989 advertised her: “Free to restorer. Cyclone damaged at Grt Barrier.”

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  4. And she looked great on Saturday morning sailing past North Head with Ebb Tide just a few hundred yards from this location

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  5. I concur, LADYBIRD.
    RAWHITI JNR was a 20ft mullet boat built by Andy Tobin in 1906. She had sail number N13 from 1922. She had many owners over the years but was lost in 1989 when owned by Vernon Lees of Hahei. She was swept out to sea from an anchorage at Blind Bay, Great Barrier and disappeared.
    She was often attributed to Logan Bros, but in error.

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  6. I still see her as a ketch…the photographer has failed to get all her mast in with this shot. Medina had square windows in the doghouse while ladybird had 5 oval ports as here

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  7. After some looking, she is definitely not May, the coach-house is wrong, so perhaps a Gloaming ??

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  8. A woollacott ketch I presume about to come out at Devonport yacht club…….one can see Devonport vehicular wharf in the background. I suggest “Ladybird”as the yacht

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  9. Looks like the Devonport area, but not being a real “sail” boatie, will leave it to others to identify.– KEN R

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