YVA II (Yelda) + Win Boat Show Tickets


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YVA II (Yelda)

Woody Angus Rogers sent in the above photos of Ivy II (originally named Yelda) on Lake Whakatipu, for the overseas readers – Lake Whakatipu is the 3rd largest lake in New Zealand, situated on the southwest corner of Otago in the South Island.

Angus commented that she was not what he expected to see on the lake. Interested to learn more about her & when & how she arrived at the lake.

Photo below ex Russell Ward , taken 2003.

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Input from Richard – owner

I purchased Yvalda via Ted Church (Picton) in 2002. Sailed her down to Port Chalmers then got Fulton Hogan to truck her down to Lake Wakatipu where I used her commercially for tourist trips on the lake. Had lots of fun doing it but did not make a fortune!! Christmas parties, hen parties (the worst), weddings, stag parties, N.Y.E. parties etc etc.
The O.D.T. had a great photo of her going thru Dunedin on the back of the F.H. truck.
Yvalda, ( Yes, her original name) was built by Mc Gruers at Clynder Scotland in 1936. ( I think a G.L. Watson design) for a couple of wealthy brothers who were manufactures of biscuits. Not sure how or when she came to N.Z. but she must have been shipped here.
She was beautifully built, ( as were all boats built by Mc Gruers). Teak on oak frames, all as good as the day she was built.
Still had her original 4L2 Gardner engines coupled to massive Gleniffer gearboxes controlled by a couple of wheels mounted either side of the helm station. You had to have your wits about you as to which way to turn them to go fwd. or aft. but after a while it became automatic.
Quite a lot of untruths about her relationship with Winston Churchill and I suspect he never had anything to do with her. I thought she may have been one of the Dunkirk little ships but there is no record of that. I believe she was use for the degaussing of much larger metal ships during W.W.11
What vintagesteamer commented was more the truth and I too was told of her so called association with Churchill when I bought her but as they say, ” Why let the truth get in the way if a good story” ( I was advised) I’m sure those deck stepped masts were perfectly aligned when I had her. Vintagesteamer, you must have had too many Speights to drink when you saw her!!
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12 thoughts on “YVA II (Yelda) + Win Boat Show Tickets

  1. I know that she was in Wellington at Evans Bay
    Before going to Queenstown. She was owned by Tom Van de Kwaast an old Dutch Wellington character.

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  2. I purchased Yvalda via Ted Church (Picton) in 2002. Sailed her down to Port Chalmers then got Fulton Hogan to truck her down to Lake Wakatipu where I used her commercially for tourist trips on the lake. Had lots of fun doing it but did not make a fortune!! Christmas parties, hen parties (the worst), weddings, stag parties, N.Y.E. parties etc etc.
    The O.D.T. had a great photo of her going thru Dunedin on the back of the F.H. truck.
    Yvalda, ( Yes, her original name) was built by Mc Gruers at Clynder Scotland in 1936. ( I think a G.L. Watson design) for a couple of wealthy brothers who were manufactures of biscuits. Not sure how or when she came to N.Z. but she must have been shipped here.
    She was beautifully built, ( as were all boats built by Mc Gruers). Teak on oak frames, all as good as the day she was built.
    Still had her original 4L2 Gardner engines coupled to massive Gleniffer gearboxes controlled by a couple of wheels mounted either side of the helm station. You had to have your wits about you as to which way to turn them to go fwd. or aft. but after a while it became automatic.
    Quite a lot of untruths about her relationship with Winston Churchill and I suspect he never had anything to do with her. I thought she may have been one of the Dunkirk little ships but there is no record of that. I believe she was use for the degaussing of much larger metal ships during W.W.11
    What vintagesteamer commented was more the truth and I too was told of her so called association with Churchill when I bought her but as they say, ” Why let the truth get in the way if a good story” ( I was advised) I’m sure those deck stepped masts were perfectly aligned when I had her. Vintagesteamer, you must have had too many Speights to drink when you saw her!!
    Cheers,
    Richard

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  3. Hi, what a lovely old craft———-bach on the water. Would love to spend a holiday aboard her / him. Cheers.

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  4. The Churchill story is a little more believable than the Dunkirk little ship one being promoted by the brokers selling her in the early 90’s in Auckland, I researched that one and found it to be hollow.
    Lovely boat not sure all that time on a lake will help though.

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  5. Yvelda has twin 4L2 gardners. Originally had old cone type gearboxes that have since been replaced. She sat on A pier at Westhaven in yje late 80s for some years. The story of Churchill being a one time owner or having an interest in her was around back then.

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  6. Her name is Yvelda actually. Yep Scottie to the core: Lovely ship. Has been on Whakatipu for a long time -you can see her from the town wharf. I’ve sent a picture I took in 2003 from Queenstown. She was on the Waitemata in the ’60s -’70s and was refurbished by the owner at McMullen and Wing in Panmure -a major job- and was sold south. Two Gardners that were done up at the same time. Unusual installation with gearboxes (not Gardner?) separated from the engines by jackshaft, I’ve been told.
    I always wish the owner would line the masts up properly -that mizzen has been canted forward for years -looks ugly. Details make a boat look bad.
    Another little bit of gossip is the story that was put around, when she was on sale in Auckland; was that she had been used by Winston Churchill for an important WW2 meeting. This was probably twaddle -he had the choice of any ship in the Royal Navy and they even fitted out the battleship HMS Prince of Wales for him and his War Cabinet for a fast trip to Iceland to meet up with Roosevelt in August 1941. If you have the choice of a 42,245 ton battleship, why would you scrub around on a little boat like this?

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  7. British (Scottish) built IIRC, but I don’t think that was her original name. I suspect she’s already on WW under another name? Was based in Picton a while back – in fact I assumed that was Picton in the background until I read the article and had a proper look at the photo. I’m sure several WWers will be along with much more (and more accurate 🙂 ) info.

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