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I was recently sent the top photo of the 1929 Chas Bailey & Son built launch Shenandoah, moored at Parua Bay, Northland. 
Sadly she appears to not be getting the TLC that an old lady of her pedigree deserves.
The last I heard of her she was still moored in the creek opposite the Te Atatu Boating Club,as seen in the 2nd photo above.
To remind us of how majestic she was back in the 1930’s I have attached a few photos below.
Message to the owner – if you want to move her on – I’ll find a buyer 🙂
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5 thoughts on “Shenandoah

  1. I’ve got a shed 14.5m long, 5.5m high shed available in Kerikeri if a restoration was on the cards.
    I remember her being tied up at the western viaduct back in the 70’s .Quite rundown as I
    recall.At the same time I was working at MOTAT and there was a scale model of her there, the model precise, right down to mini planked cavel construction
    Hence why I remember

    027 494 1896


  2. A friend of mine is the grandson of the original owner, Harry Jenkins… I’ll run this past him.


  3. During the 1960’s she was used carrying mussels for I think McFarlanes. The Derrick was of course very handy.


  4. I remember seeing her many times in the late 60s and 70s tied up at Queens wharf. Still had a big derrick an the back deck. Seem to recall someone telling me she was used as a lighthouse tender or for navigation light servicing. Was only thinking of her recently and was wondering what had happened to her. I was always impressed by the tall varnished wheelhouse extension. Even as a young guy I thought it looked out of place.


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