Sterling Girl – Bailey & Lowe 1913 Bridge-deck Launch

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Sterling Girl – Bailey & Lowe 1913 
The above boat has a couple of features that ring my bell – a wood fire and a Ford Model T wheel / helm. On top of this she appears to be a very well loved woody.
Her length is 35’ with a beam of 9’6” and draws 4’. She was built in 1913 by Bailey & Lowe, from of course kauri.
Her engine is a 120hp 6cyl, Ford diesel that gives her a speed range of 8>11 knots.
As with most Southern boats she is very well fitted out.
And surprise surprise the broker (trying) to sell her, has again chosen to not list her name. Never mind one of our southern Woodys will supply that and hopefully more details.
Thanks to Ian McDonald for the listing heads-up.
Harold Kidd Input – STERLING GIRL was built for Robert Taylor of Birkenhead and was named after her Sterling engine, a high-quality American marine engine of the time for which Bailey & Lowe were the agents. When Taylor had the big schooner LADY STERLING built in 1920 by Bailey & Lowe he sold STERLING GIRL to Capt G H White and he sold her to Roy Henderson in 1924.

7 thoughts on “Sterling Girl – Bailey & Lowe 1913 Bridge-deck Launch

  1. I’m with you Allan.
    That wood fire and the pile of what looks to be Manuka wood ready to burn. Sitting in a bay on these cool winter nights with good company…. devine. Not to mention cooking on top of that burner. Simple pleasures in life 🙂

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  2. STERLING GIRL was built for Robert Taylor of Birkenhead and was named after her Sterling engine, a high-quality American marine engine of the time for which Bailey & Lowe were the agents. When Taylor had the big schooner LADY STERLING built in 1920 by Bailey & Lowe he sold STERLING GIRL to Capt G H White and he sold her to Roy Henderson in 1924.

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  3. Called STERLING GIRL.. Was owned by the Turner family at Waikawa Bay back in the 1950’s and the Sadd family in later years before going to Nelson.

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  4. She is MANU I think, although there have been changes since I last went aboard her at Havelock in 2002, the 6 cylinder Ford with dry stack in place of a 4 cyl with wet exhaust and changes to her aft dodger. ROMANCE II is a later clone. Not a bridgedecker originally of course but very well done many years ago. Her first owner, J A Holloway, had ATATU built in 1919 by Bailey & Lowe.

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