White Star Part 2
(photos from Glenn Martin, words ex Glenn & Ken Ricketts – edited by Alan Houghton)
White Star was originally built by Ken Turner, who built quite a number of boats in Coromandel. Her first owner was Neville Evans of Amodeo Bay & has been moored there on & off for quite a bit of her life & is presently moored there, alongside her sister ship the Dagma, which was built by Ken Turner’s father, Charlie Turner.
Present owner is Paul Baker, who has had her for about 8 years & bought her off Paul Desmond of Tauranga, & had kept her there, as did the precious owner Nigel Pippey. Paul D only had her for a few months, as he bought her, in order to acquire her marina berth.
She was frequently used as a mark boat for many yacht races at Tauranga, as Paul P was a very active member of the local yacht club.
Paul B was living at Waiheke when he bought her & she was initially moored there, but he has now moved to Coromandel..
Her engine was fitted by Strongmans of Coromandel. She is powered by the Gray Marine marinised version, of the GM Detroit 6-71 & at 190 hp., this is the spec of these engines back in the 50s 60s, when they were fitted to many HDMLs, & other pleasure boats in that era, like Linda, Wirihnana & Ruamano etc.
Her name was the result of her log being sawn & milled from the “White Star” mine property, in Coromandel, of that time. Glen, also commented that as a kid he saw White Star moored in Torehina Bay next to their bach at Waitete Bay – 20mins north of Coromandel town. Glenn is pretty sure White Star was built using a single kauri log milled from the farm of the owner in Colville.
(the launching day & early day photos of White Star are from the original owners & the more recent of her at anchor at Coromandel Harbour, in 2016, are ex Glenn)
Click link to read Part 1 of this story https://waitematawoodys.com/2017/11/10/1968-bridge-decker/#comment-37747