Woody Photo Gallery

Duke of Marlborough

Antares 3




Woody Photo Gallery
The selection of woody photos above was sent in by Bryce Strong, details and links to previous WW stories below. I hate Digital dates on photos but it is a very simple way to record when the photo was taken – two are dated 2013, interesting to see how the vessels have faired in the last 13 years.
The top photo of the steamboat – Duke of Marlborough, is a newbie to me. I’m looking forward to Russell Ward chipping in with her history 😉
Antares – built in the 1950’s by Supreme Craft. At the time the above photo was taken she was owned by Bryce’s brother-in-law, Ron Phillips
Arima – built in1953 by Colin Wild


Moana – built in c.1939 by Sam Ford
Shalom – built in 1973 by TK Atkinson
Anyone Recall Sutton MalcolSham & Co
I have been contacted by Richard Winthrop looking for information on a boat builder named Sutton Malcolm & Co. Ltd of Mt Roskill, Auckland. Many years ago Richard had a Mason Clipper that had the sticker below on it.

5 thoughts on “Woody Photo Gallery

  1. The steam boat looks very similar to “Eliza Hobson” which i last sighted on the Waikato River at Taupiri. I think this one has a larger cabin/wheelhouse


  2. i did work for tony when he was at the bottom of archers road near Wiroa rd, i had a business in sunybrae rd opposite the brick works, i remember in one race on the Harbour one of his big clippers tore the Fibreglass of the bottom at speed and did a lot of damage to the hull, in a smaller class i won the cup in a manta with a Carniti outboard made in Como Italy, somebody may remember this, and have more detail.


  3. Sutton Malcom became Sutton Mason for a while after Tony Mason joined them . Tony then went out on his own building the Clipper 23 in a building at the top of Khyber Pass Rd, before moving over to the Shore. The 23 was a similar hull shape to the Marlins with an inboard shaft drive motor.


  4. Sutton Malcolm built the Marlin range of powerboats, as distinct from the Tony Mason built Clippers built Cnr Wairau and Archers road North Shore.
    Marlins were known for their rather flat bottoms- easily propelled and initially stable.
    Clippers were known for their Deep V hulls – great sea boats that won many offshore races and broke records eg Auckland to Russell – Lincoln Laidlaw.
    Clippers were never cheap and known as the top of the range of Auckland fizz boats , in fact the Queen fished from one at Taupo once.


  5. Sutton Mason were in Stoddard Road, Mt Roskill and was running during the sixties. I was working as an apprentice toolmaker in the factory next door. Got an idea they closed their doors in the late sixties or thereabouts. I didn’t have as much interest in toolmaking as I did in boatbuilding and used to spend most of my smokos and lunch breaks with the guys over there talking boats and stuff…..obviously I missed my true vocation


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