La Rosa – Flashback


I just love opening the WW email inbox, particularly when out of the blue you get a treasure trove of photos on a boat that you know but do not have much content from her past.The other day Alan Duckworth contacted me to say he came across the WW site while searching for new photos of the 1923, Ernie Harvey built launch – La Rosa. Bob King, who owned the vessel for 50 odd years and significantly modified the ketch, was Alan’s grandfather. 

The above gallery of old photos are from Bob King’s ownership period. Alan recalls that the motor was a Lister, compression start, that could run for hours on bugger all fuel.

The current owner of La Rosa – Ward House will love the photos – hopefully his good friend Baden Pascoe will alert him to the story. You can see and read more about La Rosa at the WW links below:

Input below from Mark Erskine

“I was interested to read about La Rosa and what a wonderful antique engine she has.

I see “Graeme” posts the engine is a 26 HP Lister HW2, but it is a Lister JP2M.

The JP2M specs are: Capacity: 2,868cc. / HP: 21 @ 1,200rpm. / Weight: 2,576 lbs/1.168 tonnes

They were made from 1936 and 1954 apparently (haven’t been able to confirm), so it would be interesting to see if the owner knows the age of the engine.

Like all of the old Lister / Petter water cooled range of engines, the JP2M is built so big and heavy and runs so slowly that if properly serviced, maintained and used, it should never wear out in marine use 😁 “

7 thoughts on “La Rosa – Flashback

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  2. Now has a JP3 Lister, 27hp at 1000. rpm, 30 at 1200 rpm. Has any one got photos of her before she was rebuilt/


  3. I Knew her very well when she was owned by the Tindale family of New Lynn Taxis, in the early 1950s when she was called ‘ ROSE’. The Tindales were friends with Roy & Irene Lidgard, & Lidgards fitted the twin cyl. Lister, just after WW II & modified the previous coamings. She had a side exhaust in those days, on the port side, with a cowl over it, a few inches above the waterline, which made the side a bit grubby some of the time.

    In the c.1953 photo below of the Rose tied up at Mansion House Bay, I’m standing alongside chatting with owners daughter Jacqui Tindale. You will note the launch had natural teak coamings which were varnished at that time. Ken R (edited by Alan H + photo added)


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