Liberty

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LIBERTY

Last year on the Woody Classics weekend cruise up the Clevedon River I spotted the launch – Liberty on a pile mooring. Recently her owner contacted WW and advised that he has owned her for 30 years and believes she was built c.1928.

As you move from the bow to the stern there is an interesting ‘gallery’ of styles on show – nothing that a sharp skill-saw  couldn’t correct 😉

Currently powered by a BMW 35hp engine.
And woodys – she’s for sale.
Any woodys able to tell us more about Liberty?
17-02-2020 Update ex Philip Goddard

Philip has advised that his father has emailed him the photos below of Liberty. Probably taken late 1960’s when the family had purchased her.
His father recalls that she had no pulpit when purchased, so he had one made. He is certain it looks like the same one in today’s photos.
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Harold Kidd Input – I have always thought she was the LIBERTY built by F & S Shaw in Devonport in 1919 when both brothers got back from WW1. She had a 12hp Regal originally. I suspect she’s been lengthened as well as had a couple of tophamper additions. L.R. Matthews had her in 1947 when Commodore of PCC and Noel Mitchell owned her in the 1960s.
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6 thoughts on “Liberty

  1. I have a photo of “liberty” still with wartime number on bow, built by Lou Burns in Te Papapa Onehunga,Phillip. Last time I saw her was in big shoal bay. I will contact Alan when I return home and submit my photo. CHEERS.

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  2. I have always thought she was the LIBERTY built by F & S Shaw in Devonport in 1919 when both brothers got back from WW1. She had a 12hp Regal originally. I suspect she’s been lengthened as well as had a couple of tophamper additions. L.R. Matthews had her in 1947 when Commodore of PCC and Noel Mitchell owned her in the 1960s.

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  3. Hi. When I was a kid back in the late 60s / early 70s, our family has a launch called Liberty & she looked very similar. She was approx. 30 feet long. In those days, she was in Big Shoal Bay. We bought her off the Windram family. If it’s the same “Liberty”, she has had a few extras added to her.
    Do you have any further details of this boat ? Thanks Philip

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  4. Post doesnt read yet allan !
    It will tomorrow 😉 Alan H

    On Thu, Feb 13, 2020 at 6:43 PM waitematawoodys.com #1 for classic wooden boat stories, info, advice & news – updated daily wrote:

    > Alan Houghton – waitematawoodys.com founder posted: ” LIBERTY Last year > on the Woody Classics weekend cruise up the Clevedon River I spotted the > launch – Liberty on a pile mooring. Recently her owner contacted WW and > advised that he has owned her for 30 years and believes she was built > c.1928. As you mov” >

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