Mystery Whangrei Harbour Launch

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Mystery Whangarei Harbour Launch

It’s a little hard to back up yesterdays WW coverage of the CYA Classic Yacht Regatta – big numbers viewing, including the USA and UK.
So today we have a very cool b/w photo of an unknown launch pictured at anchor in Whangarei Harbour, its dated c.1900’s and that woodys is all we know.
Can anyone help us ID the boat?
(thanks to Lew Redwood’s fb for the image)
12-03-2020 Input from Harold Kidd – I think it is the 32ft KIA KOA, built by Bailey & Lowe in 1908 for A.R. Pickmere of Whangarei with a 10hp Gardner petrol engine, 6ft shorter than GLADYS/GISPA but from the same stable and a year or so earlier.
And if you missed yesterdays WW story (100+) photos – just scroll down 😉
Input from Denis O’Callahan (MV Tasman) – The lines of the hull look similar to my father’s boat, Mapu, designed by H E Cox in 1927 for H A Adams. I think she was built by Col Wild. She had a 2 cylinder Kelvin sleeve valve engine which was run on kerosene during WW2. The photo below of Mapu at the Needles Eye, Birkenhead some time in the 1940s. This was where Jim Young had his boat shed back in the day.
Mapu at Needles Eye 1940 something
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7 thoughts on “Mystery Whangrei Harbour Launch

  1. A little Belated! This is definitely NOT Kiakoa of which I have a number of photos. It is similar to Bluebird but she had 5 portholes.

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  2. I think it is the 32ft KIA KOA, built by Bailey & Lowe in the winter of 1906 for A.R. Pickmere of Whangarei with a 10hp Gardner petrol engine, 6ft shorter than GLADYS/GISPA but from the same stable and a year or so earlier.
    A very modern craft for her time.

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  3. TO DAVE STANAWAY the SHEER lines of Roger CAREYs builds have not been bettered.. DAVE hoping you may forward or contact to speak with owners of TRADE WIND or B K L need a boat to be back on BAY of ISLAND home port RUSSELL ..TOO long away SO RICHARD TOSSWILL kingdicknz77@gmail.com thanking you for any assistance RT

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  4. I remember the Mapu looking unloved in Little Shoal Bay c1980. The old chap at Birkenhead Point didn’t want to sell her.
    I note that she has recently been done up.
    The mystery boat is larger than Mapu.
    By the way there are a lot of interesting vessels in Nelson marina
    ie Tradewind and Bar-K-Lyn
    Cheers

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