Lake Rotoiti Mystery Boat – 1914
The above photo is ex Auckland Libraries Heritage Collection and comes to us via Maurice Sharp. The photo is tagged ‘Boarding a boat on Lake Rotoiti, 1914’ – possibly the photographer is Frank Herbert Stevens.
It a big ask, but can we ID the launch?If someone can give us the name, I’ll drop a copy of the 20121 Lake Rotoiti Classic & Wooden Boat Calendar to the first correct entry. Enter in the WW comments section.I have included an enlarge version of the photo below.
Input ex Paul Drake – KINGFISHER? Later at Taupo? Photo below. Paul commented that there is a porthole missing, but look at the steering wheel and chains etc. And rubbing strake. Could be the same boat but could just be a close relation.
I reckon she’s MOKOIA too. Looks like a Bailey & Lowe build and the steering station on the cabintop was pretty standard for tourist launches they built around 1902-6.
Just thought – maybe had the third porthole on port side only. By the way, love the gangway complete with regulation handrail. .
Makoia? There was an early tourist launch on the lake of that name.
Sorry apart from the location maybe Hinehopu and by what appears to be outside seating around the stern, so maybe an early tourist boat. I have no idea as to name. Cheers
KINGFISHER? Later at Taupo? Photo submitted. I know – there is a porthole missing, but look at the steering wheel and chains etc. And rubbing strake.
Buzz Rathbone might know.
Call Chris laird he will know
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