Fox II

Fox II

FOX II

Barbara Cooke sent me the above photo of Fox II from Akaroa. That folks is all I know about her.

Anyone able to join the dots re her past?

Input from Iain Forsyth – I use to own the Fox ‘ll and converted her from a fishing trawler to staff rig ketch that she is today.
Built in Auckland 1922 by Gouk and launched with the name Iris Eileen name change by Author the Fox.
As no one could pronounce his name.
Had the first K3 Kelvin installed.

Harold Kidd Input – FOX II was built by Charlie Gouk at Auckland in 1902. In the late 30s she was seine netting out of Auckland as AK 44 and had a 66hp Gardner. This was later replaced with a K3 Kelvin (60s). Owners I have are A. Policandriotis (1937-41) M Vela & M Nola (1941) Peter Ker (1972-92).

 

7 thoughts on “Fox II

  1. I can happily say she’s looking a picture of health and as busy as a humble bee with a bum full of honey doing dolphin cahrters down the harbour etc

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  2. She used to be moored at Beachhaven in the mid to late 70s, Jack Lidgard lived on her for a few years and as kids we would borrow the dinghy from Mr Larkins and row out and spend many hours with jack on her.

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  3. Iain is right, she was built in 1922, not 1902 as I mistyped earlier. She was built as a steam trawler at George Elley’s yard in Royal Street in Freemans Bay and transported on a waggon behind two lorries and launched at the Reclamation. In 1925 she was in collision with the steamer WAINUI near the Rangitoto Beacon and sank. Her owner and skipper then was Albert Lawrence O’Brien.
    There were protracted legal activities.

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  4. FOX II was owned or skippered in the mid 1940s-50, & probably from recall the early 60s as well, by a Dalmatian gentleman who seine fished from her, & worked closely with the skipper of the seine trawler DALMACIA, another Dalmatian, & they communicated very frequently, through each day they were at sea, on the old double side band radios of that era. – They were 2 of the most frequent users of the RT at that time I would think.
    It was actually quite entertaining, as according to their RT conversations there were no fish in the area they were fishing usually, & they never caught any fish. — I think that must have been some sort of personal code they had worked out, to keep others away. — KEN R

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  5. FOX II was built by Charlie Gouk at Auckland in 1902. In the late 30s she was seine netting out of Auckland as AK 44 and had a 66hp Gardner. This was later replaced with a K3 Kelvin (60s). Owners I have are A. Policandriotis (1937-41) M Vela & M Nola (1941) Peter Ker (1972-92).

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  6. Spotted her at Akaroa a few years ago where she was doing adventure charters. She, I think fished out of Auckland many years ago. I recall a story told to me by my sister Joan (George) who worked in the office of Strongman Shipping Co then latterly with Marie George at the Blue Boats.Fox II was alongside in the basin with FOX11 AK ….on her bulwark,was spied by one of the myopic waterside rats who said “Foxillac?,Foxillac ? what a bloody stupid name!”

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  7. I use to own the Fox ‘ll and converted her from a fishing trawler to staff rig ketch that she is today.
    Built in Auckland 1922 by Gouk and launched with the name Iris Eileen name change by Author the Fox
    As no one could pronounce his name
    Had the first K3 Kelvin installed

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