Pioneer – Work Boat Wednesday

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PIONEER – Work Boat Wednesday

Photo above ex Lew Redwood’s fb, is of Pioneer – the photo is dated 1941 & the venue is Akaroa, in the South Island.
Harold Kidd has commented that it was George Brasell’s boat.
Can any of the Work Boat group, tell us more about Pioneer.
Input from John Bullivant – Possibly designed by Joe Juke (Wellington ) as she looks very similar to Wild Duck (ex Wellington flying boat refueling vessel built by Juke Boat Builders (wellington 1937) and now restored and re modeled by the Tino Rawa Trust. Refer photo from Evans bay Wellington with Wild Duck and what looks like a sister ship along side. Quite a distinctive design. Wild Duck is 42ftx 12ft x 4ft 6″draught, Kauri carvel build.
Melbourne Cup Class Yacht Regatta – This Had To Be Ugly
The photo below was sent in by David Glen, who commented that the double-ender must have lost her rig & sustained serious damage in this incident. Anyone able to supply more details. Hopefully none of the listing kiwi contingent were aboard.
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8 thoughts on “Pioneer – Work Boat Wednesday

  1. At the risk of being tedious, one wonders how a coastal battery could hit and sink an obvious and well-known local trawler and kill its skipper. But it’s a wonder more weren’t sunk with the blood flowing fast in gunners’ temples behind a big gun.
    I was a 20 year old CMT lance-bombardier laying for line in a shoot at the Castor Bay battery, 9th Coast Reg. I was tracking the drogue being towed by HDML BOMBARDIER at about 8 knots from my right to my left. The WW2 AA Predictor I was using was capable of tracking fighter planes at 400mph. A (very green) Regular Force sergeant had decided to monitor me (a whole 2 and a bit year veteran artilleryman) through the range eyepiece which had a lateral offset on the water from my line eyepiece. We were laying for two 3.7″ Anti Aircraft guns deployed below the horizontal at close range with a muzzle velocity of 1044m/sec, connected by magslip to the dials on the guns. Very very noisy. Before the order to fire was given, the Regular became agitated that I was behind the drogue (unthinkable at those snail speeds) and ordered me to lay left 1 degree which would have smacked BOMBARDIER on the bridge. I laid left a half degree and cut the towrope.
    Consternation! End of shoot. Lots of silly questions, which one answered regretfully but truthfully.

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  2. Of course it was DOLPHIN. Shouldn’t rely on memory.
    George took his 14 footer ARIKI to the Centennial Regatta Sanders Cup race in Wellington on PIONEER. In his book I think he says he took her on TAWERA, which he didn’t build until 1946.
    But do check that out Geoff while you’ve got the book in front of you.
    Perhaps even Homer nods!

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  3. Don’t know Pioneer, but I agree with HDK that she does have a (sort of) Miller & Tunnage look about her.
    As for the Melbourne Cup Classic Regatta incident, the poor little Tumlaren class was clearly on starboard with right-of-way. Looks like the skipper of the big cutter tried to play the “Might Is Right” card. Fingers crossed for the Tumlaren and her crew.

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  4. I wonder if anybody in Auckland remembers Charlie Brassell, Georges son. He was master of Te Kopuru for Julians c1964.

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  5. George Brasell doesn’t mention who built her in his book. He had her after the Lyttelton shore batteries opened up on his farther’s fishing boat MURIEL, sank her and killed him. PIONEER had a 3 cylinder 45hp Benz semi-diesel at this time. She later fished out of New Plymouth.
    I thought she was rather Miller & Tunnage.

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  6. Possibly designed by Joe Juke (Wellington ) as she looks very similar to Wild Duck (ex Wellington flying boat refueling vessel built by Juke Boat Builders (wellington 1937) and now restored and re modeled by the Tino Rawa Trust. Have included another photo from Evans bay Wellington with Wild Duck and what looks like a sister ship along side. Quite a distinctive design. Wild Duck is 42ftx 12ft x 4ft 6″draught, Kauri carvel build.

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