Queen of Beauty

Queen of Beauty motoryacht


The magnificent looking motor yacht – Queen of Beauty was owned in the early 1900’s by Samuel Kirkpatrick, he kept her in Nelson. Aside from owning Queen of Beauty, Kirkpatrick’s biggest claim to fame was he founded K Jams back in 1881, in 1884 they were turning out over 10,000 cans a day. In the 1960’s the remains of the business were purchased by J. Wattie Canneries.
Kirkpatrick died in 1925 and its believed QoB was then used for fishing for a while. Seems incredible that a vessel of her stance would ‘go commercial’ but that is what they did in those days.
I have been contacted by Tam Hazan who is working on a record of Samuel Kirkpatrick’s life – Tam and myself would like to uncover what became of the Queen of Beauty, there has been chat that she may have ended up in Queenstown.
INPUT EX CAMERON POLLARD – Photo below of QoB in work boat mode – that’s her in the background.
Anyone Able To ID This Old Girl
Woody Russell Ward’s wife, Marie, snapped the photo below last weekend of this double-ender woody on the move in Whangateau Harbour. Another project for Whangateau boat yard?
Input from Denis O’Callahan – Denis snapped a couple of photos of the above mystery woody that appeared back on 13 Nov. 2019 – link below. We couldn’t ID her then – any suggestions – Russell Ward ?? , its your stumping ground 🙂

6 thoughts on “Queen of Beauty

  1. My wife’s great grandfather, Captain Henry Young, was the skipper of the QUEEN OF BEAUTY in Nelson, when he died 1910. He had also been the skipper of the LADY BARKLEY for a time and as well had his own ship, the ketch CAMELLIA, which carried passengers and freight between Golden Bay and Nelson for about 30 years. If anyone has any information about Captain Young or the CAMELLIA please let me know


  2. I think Robin Elliott and I were responsible for the captions to the AMM’s Winkelmann pics of launches and yachts…………………..so treat them with caution……………………

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  3. from the Collections Online -Auckland Memorial Museum-
    “designed and built by C&W Bailey Dec 1896. 57’/52’/12’/4’6″ -Union 3 cyl 30hp (1901) -built for CA Harris” (complete with Winklemann pic

    Pretty wee thing -could tell she was a ‘Bailey” even before looking her up



  4. I saw Queen of Beauty a few years ago in a shed in Riverton where her hull had been splined and another layer of timber added. I think she was then glassed. I believe she then went to Bluff where she may still be in yet another shed. I had heard she was bought by someone in Queenstown and that she will eventually wind up on the lake.


  5. Around 1907 my dad Percy Williams was deckhand in QUEEN OF BEAUTY here in NELSON he told me she was beautiful lots of brass to polish and mr Kirkpatrick was a very kind man she had a 50 h p petrol engine burning 4 gallons an hour at 8 knots he told me you could always tell where she’d been by the trail of 4 gallon tins left in her wake


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