Lake Rotoiti Launch – Rescued & Lost?


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Lake Rotoiti Launch – Rescued & Lost?

The above photo was sent to me by Greg Noble & would have been taken around 1973/4. Greg found this launch half submerged, just south of the Okiri Falls side of Rotoiti, Rotorua, miles from any houses.

Greg got her floating and towed her to a pull out on the Maori Land between the two lakes. Initially Greg lots of ideas of restoring her but as often happens, never got round to it. While she was there somebody told Greg that she had broken a speed record on Auckland Harbor, this impressed Greg at the time but he can’t recall any of the details now, nor her name.

Sadly, she was left there and Greg has no idea what became of her. The thinking was that at least she was safe & people could see her and admire her and hopefully she would be saved from eventually going under.

So woodys – the big question Greg would like answered is – did she survive & if so what became of her.

Would be cool to also put a name to her & confirm the racing pedigree.

What prompted Greg to send me the above was the Mystery Launch story on 08-11-2017 (link below), what say those with an eye for lines – similar / same ?

https://waitematawoodys.com/2017/11/08/mystery-launch-08-11-2017/#comments

 

 

 

One thought on “Lake Rotoiti Launch – Rescued & Lost?

  1. With that kind of story she just could be TOGO built by Jas Reid in 1905 which was very quick for her time with a 4 cylinder 30hp (rated) Ailsa Craig but built up later. But TOGO was 27ft loa x 4ft beam, rather different dimensions from this boat I would think. More likely she could be one of the 21ft racing class (of which there were many) built up with a raised deck, something like MISS VIRGINIA/PUSSYFOOT/MISS NORTHCOTE. Pity she was lost.

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