Nukutere – Part 2


Construction & Launching

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1940’s War Service & Up To About 1950’s

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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.

  1. Construction & Launching (stunning photo of the kauri log)
  2. 1940’s War Service & Up To About 1950’s
  3. 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.

THENUKUTERESTORY

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Link to the WW post #1 showing Nukutere today.  https://waitematawoodys.com/2017/09/11/nukutere/

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Nukutere – Part 2

  1. A handsome ship I always admired. One of the Sang girls was a nurse, a senior one by the time my wife worked under her at Wairau Hospital (Blenheim) and we once exchanged greetings with her aboard Nukutere in Queen Charlotte Sound. Degrees of separation??

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  2. Hi Russell they were twin petrol engines as Grandad was allergic to diesel apparently! I don;t recall the brand but they cost 340 pounds for the 2 engines plus propellers. The accounts show the total cost was 2106 pounds including such items as beer and sandwiches for the helpers (presumably those other than Arthur, who was paid). The kauri to build her came from an old school and cost 17 pounds 10′ from Wellington City Council, plus 15′ tips for the WCC staff.

    Thanks for posting this up Allan.

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  3. Yep, she’s a fine ship -a credit to her owners. Arthur Sang had a good eye and his boats have a certain similarity despite the owners’ inputs. Does anyone know what engines she had new?

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