St George

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St GEORGE – Workboat Wednesday

I was sent the above photos of the fishing boat – St George by Tony Borich. She belonged to Tony’s grandfather Ross Kellian.
Tony commented that the ownership period was long before his time, but he recalls that Grandad was very fond of its Kelvin motor.
Ross Kellian was friends with John Walker, the previous owner of vessel Melodeon, both were purse seining out of Leigh and local fishing identities.
Can any of the workboat group supply more details on St. George & what became of her?
As a bonus – read the press story of Ross Kellian’s 26’ fishing boat oops – Lyndon – very lucky to be alive !
Cameron Pollard Input – St George is 75% through a 20 plus year to date pleasure conversion rebirth on an extremely private property in the Thames district.( no expert advisers or health and safety warriors allowed that’s for sure )
So far new decks bulkheads engine bearers wheelhouse and hull splined etc etc. All to a high standard. No engine installed but the current owner has a 5L3 gardner destined for the engine compartment.
Interestingly the shed is half of an old villa converted to boat shed and has no mains power. All lighting and the all important beer fridge is solar /battery powerd with the 230v supplied via generator.
Input from Harold Kidd – Launched 12th May 1934 by Chas. Bailey & Son Ltd for T & M Devcich with a “36hp semi-diesel” replaced in 1936 by a K3 Kelvin. During WW2 she had a 66hp Gardner according to Naval records.
Photo below ex Cameron Pollard from the mid 1980’s
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Just had a cool update from Cameron P. – Bruce McMillan, the owner of St. George has just agreed to share with WW readers a peek at the work underway  – photos taken over a extended period – Bruce commented to Cameron that St George’s rebuild is like the mainland cheese ad. “Good things take time”.
Viewing the photos  showcases the quality of workmanship going into her – very impressive.
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17-08-2018 More photos below from her owner (Bruce McMillan) ex Cameron Pollard. Check out the work done on the 5L3 Gardner (ex FV Heather), stunning & a woody shed to die for 🙂
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7 thoughts on “St George

  1. Launched 12th May 1934 by Chas. Bailey & Son Ltd for T & M Devcich with a “36hp semi-diesel” replaced in 1936 by a K3 Kelvin. During WW2 she had a 66hp Gardner according to Naval records.

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  2. I think she was built by Charles Bailey & Sons in the Mid-late 1930’s. Most of the dally fishing boats were built by WG Lowe & Son. I have some notes I will find. I do know she was powered by a K3 Kelvin and she was later owned by Kia Ora Fisheries. Just found some notes Jack Taylor made for me. He says she was designed and built by Chas Bailey Jnr. Lovely looking boat.

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  3. Ross was a great guy but not to be forgotten is his hard working wife Pam who operated Leigh Radio.
    Leigh has lost some good individuals
    Like Ross, Fred Franich, Swampy and Animal Walker plus the long liners and pub which kept the port real

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  4. St George is 75% through a 20 plus year to date pleasure conversion rebirth on an xtremly private property in the Thames district.( no expert advisers or health and safety warriors allowed that’s for sure )
    So far new decks bulkheads engine bearers wheelhouse and hull splined etc etc. All to a high standard. No engine installed but the current owner has a 5L3 gardner destined for the engine compartment.
    Interestingly the shed is half of an old villa converted to boat shed and has no mains power. All lighting and the all important beer fridge is solar /battery powerd with the 230v supplied via generator.

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  5. St George is in a shed at 29 Ngati Maru Hwy Kopu where she has been for 25 years with our launch Maroro
    it has changed hands 3 times since leaving Whangamata where I picked her up from and trucked her home.
    She has been going through a conversion to live aboard
    Shes warm and dry and in very sound condition

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