ARIMA – A New Home
I was contacted mid-week by David Campbell-Morrison, a previous owner of the Colin Wild launch – Arima. David was passing through Havelock on the way to Picton and stopped for a coffee and spotted Arima in her new home after the 102 hrs of motoring from Whangarei by the new owner, Kelly Ellis.
David commented that Arima was built by Col Wild in 1953 for a Mr Dent and the late Bob Salthouse told David he started his apprenticeship on her. This confirms Harold Kidd’s understanding of her provenance – HDK had previously commented on WW that the first owner was Joe Dent and subsequent owners included Noel Kitchen, Ken Archer (1974 ish), T Whillans (1977) and David Campbell-Morrison (1989). Her original engine was a 4 cylinder Ford, replaced by a 6 cylinder Trader.
David owned her for 19 years and his children cut their teeth on her over the years, David was glad she is been looked after. In the bottom photo we see Arima before David ownership period i.e. pre 1989.
Links below to previous WW story, including the recent refurbishment and re-power with a Cummins 6B.