Lake Rotoiti 1953


Lake Rotoiti 1953

Todays photo, ex Lew Redwood fb, is dated April 1953 & shows 2 launches moored at Okere on Lake Rotoiti, Rotorua.
Can we ID the boats, the nearest looks familiar but I can’t place it.
I’m sure the Drake Bros will solve it for us 🙂
And hows the photo below for a work place pic – this is the office for one of your family friends – Police Eagle chopper returning to base after the night shift.
Could the photos below, ex Jason Prew, be the same boat as above? Location = Geoff Bagnall Boatbuilder, Milford yard.

10 thoughts on “Lake Rotoiti 1953

  1. My dad was a boat builder on Lake Rotoiti.
    He looked after Jan and Colleen (two launches at one stage, side by side sheds with jetty between) JoAnne (Tpo boats shed on Waikato River near the bridge). Jocelyn Auckland. Lady Una (Cairns)
    Off hand can’t remember name of Tarawera boat but will try and find old photos of names.
    He also did the yearly surveys on the Ngatoto and Rotoiti.
    We had jetties in Okawa Bay and looked after wright’s launch (Zepher), Bob Williams launch Africa Queen, Firths launch (can’t remember the name).
    He looked after Dr Harpers boat (Okere Arm), launches etc from Moose Lodge.
    But a large yacht in Sophia St for the home owners who had it trucked to Tauranga to be launched. They were going to sale it around the islands.
    Built Caravel for Chip Stevens.
    Several dinghies and wee yachts incl a Z class that my late brother Des and I used to sail around Okawa Bay in the 1950s and early 60s.
    Dad did his apprentiship in Auckland and during the war helped but the HMNZS Waikato, she was wooden but in the end not needed and was scrapped. He also built boats in Auckland before we moved to Rotorua (Mourea in 1957)
    Trish Bailey
    Daughter of Norm Keen.


  2. Hi Allan, Kieran here, Tonys nephew. I’m pretty sure that’s not Westella, as you probably know she was my grandfathers, then my fathers boat. Ted got her off us about 20 years ago when we got Vervain (which still needs painting by the way!) Westella always had a prominent funnel and doesn’t have a raised foredeck. I am slowly putting together a piece on Westella. Hopefully uncover more of her fairly well documented past!


  3. The nearer boat looks like the tunnel hull HIKUWAI built by Chas Robinson at Rotorua about 1914 now UHURU at Milford.
    Well spotted Jason.
    Isn’t the larger boat behind her NGAROTO?


  4. Pretty sure its Westella? Has a tunnel hull for minimum draft for going through the Ohau Channel. Ted Taiatini owns it now and has it store on land awaiting a refurbish.


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