Dione

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DIONE

The above photo (ex Lew Redwood fb) shows, nearest camera & centre, the Alley family launch Dione, at anchor at Matiatia, Waiheke Island. The caption says that the man is sitting on the partly exposed hulk of the M A Doran. 

You can read about how M A Doran ended up at Matiatia below.

Can anyone tell us more about Dione?

Harold Kidd Input – The Percy Vos DIONE is WW’s masthead pic and is not the boat in the pic. She was built for F.H. Seccombe in late 1927. In August 1929 Frank Seccombe had Allely Bros install a 70hp Kermath engine in her. ALLEY = ALLELY?
Secondly there was another DIONE contemporary with the Vos DIONE. She was registered as #198 from 1920 and may well be the DIONE in this pic. Unfortunately I have no name for her owner. She certainly looks very much like one of Chas Palmer’s early Collings & Bell ADELAIDEs.

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8 thoughts on “Dione

  1. You,ll be pleased to know that after 80 odd years, the Vos designed WW masthead boat is finally being built.
    In my shed I have an 1” to the foot model 3/4 finished. cheers. Keith

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  2. I’m out of date then. Apologies.
    I took the image to be of DIONE a while before Baden’s book on Percy Vos.
    Just the same, the launch in the above pic ain’t the Vos DIONE but more likely started life as ADELAIDE.

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  3. The Percy Vos DIONE is WW’s masthead pic and is not the boat in the pic. She was built for F.H. Seccombe in late 1927. In August 1929 Frank Seccombe had Allely Bros install a 70hp Kermath engine in her. ALLEY = ALLELY?
    Secondly there was another DIONE contemporary with the Vos DIONE. She was registered as #198 from 1920 and may well be the DIONE in this pic. Unfortunately I have no name for her owner. She certainly looks very much like one of Chas Palmer’s early Collings & Bell ADELAIDEs.

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  4. Of the boats floating in Matiatia, I cannot add but I must say that our writer of 1920 has an almost-poetic turn of phrase that I wish I could emulate!

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