Hawkes Bay Mystery Motorsailer

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Hawkes Bay Mystery Motorsailer

Todays photos come to us fro Lew Redwood’s fb, the name of the yacht is unknown, but we know it was owned by J.A. Louis Hay.
Again the location is also unknown, but the photo is tagged MTG Hawkes Bay which is – Museum Theatre Gallery, Napier – so that might be a big help ID’ing the location.
Interesting ‘funnel’ , I assume for a solid fuel stove. And speaking of wood stoves on boats (my dream) Mondays WW story ticks a lot of my boxes – wood stove + a Ford Model T wheel / helm.
Harold Kidd Input – I’ve scratched my head over this one before. J A Louis Hay was a well-known Napier Architect and amateur musician. Just a guess, he designed he boat himself and had it built locally at Westshore by R. Farquhar, very possibly the unnamed one he built in September 1915 before Hay went overseas to France, She was 26’6″x6′ with a 4hp Monarch. The “funnel” is probably a dry exhaust.
Bonus Read
I’m a big fan of the UK website Classic Sailor, it started out as a magazine, published by a past editor of Classic Boat magazine, but then after a few issues, went to a weblog format. They have some great articleds- check out this one on the restoration of the yawl – Wayward – see link below.

6 thoughts on “Hawkes Bay Mystery Motorsailer

  1. To my eyes she looks very much like the American Winthrop Warner designs…. motor sailor type

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  2. Clarification.The waterfront building centre of photo no longer exists.The coastguard’s new premises now replace it.

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  3. The bottom photo (probably taken from the then wooden footbridge) is looking north toward Meeanee Quay at the eastern end of Westshore.The bay villa partly obscured by small trees and the small cottage with veranda to the left still remain.The waterfront building centre of photo is where the coastguard now resides.The building to it’s right was Northeys boatyard which now houses a company that makes cricket bats.
    Top photo is a bit more of a challenge.Taken from the Ahuriri lagoon, the houses along the top of the cliff suggest Scinde Island (now Bluff Hill) with Pandora Point below and Corunna Bay to the right.
    As for the boat,I know nothing…yet.

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  4. I’ve scratched my head over this one before. J A Louis Hay was a well-known Napier Architect and amateur musician. Just a guess, he designed he boat himself and had it built locally at Westshore by R. Farquhar, very possibly the unnamed one he built in September 1915 before Hay went overseas to France, She was 26’6″x6′ with a 4hp Monarch. The “funnel” is probably a dry exhaust.

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  5. Hi I note your interest in model t wheel hub and coal range I have both relics from our little brigantine felicity ( refer blokes and boats page 102 ) wheel made by my dad and stove champion run light felicity was a waitemtawoody from September 1993 until March 1996 moored Milford Marina you run a great website cheers Robbie Williams

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