Mystery Launch 21-01-2020

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MYSTERY LAUNCH 21-01-2020

The photo of todays launch popped up Mitchell Hutchings fb page. Mitchell commented that he had been given the photo but there was no reference to its origin or the name of the launch.
Nathan Herbert has proposed that it might be Wainunu (photo below ex Nathan Herbert) or Phyllis M, anyone able to help us out ID’ing the launch?
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Harold Kidd Update – Definitely WAINUNU (ex PHYLLIS M) built by Fred Mann at John St., Ponsonby in December 1919 for himself. She was sold to Clive Power in 1953 who renamed her WAINUNU and used her for yacht club work and a Coastguard auxiliary.
Photo below of Phyllis M ex Nathan Herbert
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I was floating around on Saturday / Sunday so tomorrow I have a good collection of classic woodys out enjoying one of the best weekends of the summer.
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9 thoughts on “Mystery Launch 21-01-2020

  1. WAINUNU had a 4 cyl Lister diesel in the Clive Power era. My dad (Ralph Ricketts), fitted an electric starter to the Lister for Clive, c1950. The very tall mast was hollow, & made an excellent exhaust pipe out it’s crosstrees, which was very quiet & effective.
    Clive P. was the club secretary & Power Boat Division Captain of Royal Akarana Yacht Club, for many years in the 1950> 60s.

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  2. The launch photo was from the collection of an old merchant seaman whose house I bought. As well as a great collection of WW2-era photos of Pacific Island locations, there are some pictures of interesting ships and small craft, both overseas and locally. He had lived post WW2 on the shores of the Upper Waitemata and continued to take an interest in boats, reputedly commuting via sailing dinghy to his job as a Wharfinger at Hobsonville Airbase. If the current owners would like the original of the photo, please contact me.

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  3. I remember Wainunu back in around 1966 when Clive owned it, he and my dads boat LynGrae Where escort boats for the Milford Sea Scouts from Milford to Kawau isl. there was a stiff Nor easterly when we left but once in the Tiri Chanel it was too rough for both the sea scouts and Wainunu, so Wainunu stayed in Shakespeare bay with the cutters, and Lyngrae took the gear and carried on to Kawau isl, a very bumpy ride and her first experience of big seas.
    The cutters under tow arrived following day.

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  4. I imagine this is in relation to the paper report of “Will be ready for launching about Christmas. Her engine is a two cylinder heavy duty Twigg.”

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  5. Yes the old photo looks like Phyllis M indeed (ex: Wainunu and Phyllis M originally). Harold, thanks for your input. Currently owned by Grant and Chris Edwards, my son. We had her on the hard for 2 months late in 1919 on Waiheke and removed the recent superstructure and repaired and painted her. She will remain Phyllis M (name still to be replaced on her hull). Touch up work is still very much in progress. Any available history will be gratefully received. We celebrated her 100th birthday on Christmas day 1919 but don’t have her exact launch date.

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  6. Definitely WAINUNU (ex PHYLLIS M) built by Fred Mann at John St., Ponsonby in December 1919 for himself. She was sold to Clive Power in 1953 who renamed her WAINUNU and used her for yacht club work and a Coastguard auxiliary.

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