Can We Name These Classic Wooden Boats

Can We Name These Classic Wooden Boats
I have been contacted by Evelyn Whitell regarding the above photos from the South Island, probably the Abel Tasman area. Evelyn’s father Sid Giberston is pictured in the first photo on the left of in the dark suit, the large (Evelyn’s words) lady on right is his mother and his father Alex (Alexander Gilbertson – also known as Deacon) is beside her. Alex was a boat builder among other things and was the youngest son of Captain David Gilbertson, a pioneer in Nelson. Capt. David was a shipwright and builder of several trading schooners and ketches, including one of the first steam boats in Nelson. They ran from Nelson down the West Coast, up North and around the South to Lyttelton. Sadly most were shipwrecked eventually. 


Evelyn’s dad, Sid, used to take groups of people down the bay for picnics in the Abel Tasman area.
Evelyn commented that the steamship mentioned above was discovered around 1997 under a ton of sand near Wanganui and was going to be taken to a museum somewhere. 
Any Southern woodys able to ID any of these boats ?

1 thought on “Can We Name These Classic Wooden Boats

  1. The steamer that David Gilbertson built was the SS Aorere. Built on Wakefield Quay Nelson in 1886 . She was lost on the Rangitikei Beach May 1920. Gilbertson kept her till May 1889 when he sold her to the Anchor Shipping Company. Gilbertson and his wife came from Thurso on the Pentland Forth at the very top of Scotland in 1851.

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