Construction & Launching
1940’s War Service & Up To About 1950’s
1960’s > 1981
NUKUTERE – Part 2
Back in September (11th 2017) I wrote a story on WW about the launch Nukutere, as a result of that story Bernie Warmington made the comments below on the WW Comments section
“Hi, the lovely Nukutere was built by Arthur Sang for our grandad Foster Warmington of Wellington, from 1939-41. She remained in the family until 1981. Grandad sketched up some design drawings from reading boating magazines and Arthur made up a model. (Grandad then shaved the model to make the bows finer, Arthur didn’t find out until she was partly built!). Moored mostly at Port Nicholson and then later at Seaview, and in the Sounds she was moored at Nana and Grandad’s house in Double Cove. She saw naval service as Frank mentioned, her registration was Z74. My Dad Gavin and Uncle John went on night patrols when 14 and 15 until the navy banned them due to age. Not sure what Nana thought of all this… We have a small book based on Dad’s memories of the Nukutere and her adventures, happy to share these, photos etc with the current owners and others interested.”
I asked Bernie to send me the above mentioned photos, which appear above. What a collection – I have broken them into 3 parts.
- Construction & Launching (stunning photo of the kauri log)
- 1940’s War Service & Up To About 1950’s
- 1960’s > 1981
THE NUKUTERE STORY – Below is a link (in blue) to a photo-essay book, titled The Nukutere Story, that Gavin Warmington authored for his family. The story & photos were passed over (told) to his children – Julie, Bernie & Matty in late 2007 > early 2008.
The family edited the story & published it in March 2016. WW is in debt to the Warmington family for sharing the book with all us woodys.
Enjoy the read, it puts all the above photos & more in context.
Link to the WW post #1 showing Nukutere today. https://waitematawoodys.com/2017/09/11/nukutere/