RAWENE – A Peek Down Below
Woody John Wicks sent in the above photos of the launch Rawene. They came from a friend of John’s, who got them from his brother on Tauranga, so the details were a little light e.g. only the name & the date 1926.
This Rawene (there have been a few) has appeared on WW before when she lived on Lake Waikaremoana, looks like she is being hauled after receiving some TLC, as mentioned below in the owner’s comments. Great to see below decks.
Link here to when she first appeared on WW, I in fact had suggested that she had to be a finalist for the 2016 Floating Bach Awards 😉 https://waitematawoodys.com/2016/05/21/2016-floating-bach-award/
Below I have reproduced Hendrik Metz’s WW comments on the vessel.
Keen to hear more about what happened to with her while she was out & if she did make it back to the Lake?
Rawene – as told by owner, Hendrik Metz
Built in 1928 by L.C. Coulthard, Boatbuilder of Onehunga, on a commission for a Mr Alexander Alexander of Napier, Rawene operated as a fishing boat out of Ahuriri.
After the Napier Earthquake in 1931, Rawene was left high and dry on the newly formed mudflats, caused by the earthquake. Mr Thomas Holden of Gisborne, on a visit to Napier thought she would make a good lake boat and purchased her and brought her to Waikaremoana, in 1931.
The Holden and Heggarty families spent many happy holidays at Waikaremoana on board Rawene. In 1960 following the death of Mr Holden the boat was sold to the Chapman Brothers of Frasertown, who owned her for the next eight years. Phillip de Lautour, who was then farming at Ohuka, purchased Rawene from the Chapmans about 1968 and eventually sold her to Walmsley Canning of Porangahau, April 1970. On 11th September 1976 she was purchased by a partnership of Jock Ross and Evert Metz. The Metz/Ross families still own her today.
She is currently in Tauranga undergoing a refit but will be back at Waikaremoana early in 2017.
Mr Coulthard’s son, who helped with her construction says they built an identical boat at the same time but he cannot remember her name – if anyone knows of a similar shaped hull we would be keen to hear more. Originally Rawene didn’t have the raised roof at the stern or the poop deck these were added in about 1978.