The above photos ex the FB page of Lew Redwood show the 1925, 46’,  Collings & Bell built launch Ruamano in February 1926 on an extended cruise of the South Island’s West Coast sounds.

The bottom photo sees her alongside the wharf at Picton & her crew being welcomed in Nelson, her owner / skipper A.H. Courts is on the far left in the photo.

Sadly Ruamano was ‘lost’ (abandoned) at sea in 2000, off the West Coast of the North Island – read / see more at the links below.




9 thoughts on “Ruamano

  1. My grandfather was jack Kelly. He was Alf courts engineer. Alf employed him right through the depression. My grandparents lived on Herne bay. Jack was a valued member of Ruamanos crew. My mother was present at the relaunch of Ruamano.. Mums middle name was Paikea and was given to her by Alf court. Both Ruamano and Paikea are linked in Maori mythology. I know if my grandfather had been in charge of Rumano in 2000, she would still be with us today


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  3. In the 1960’s when the Ruamano was cruising around the Hauraki Gulf, we used to call the people who owned her the “Ruamania’s” as there always seemed to be lots of people on board, having a good time in the most adventurous places….


  4. Yes Ron, time goes on. We were at the same school and sometimes playmates with you and your brother. You were near Brixton Rd on Dominion Rd, My family were on the corner of Mt Pleasant Rd Dominion Rd. Nice to catch up
    Tom (Quetzal)


  5. The reason for the question about photo is that they had a crew of 5 J Johnson, A Court, R Norton, J Kelly and C Collings who was the photographer As I had most of these in my records from A Collings


  6. Ron, launch in Picton, crew picture in Nelson, as I understand. We’re your early days in Balmoral.?


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