Fleetwing

FLEETWING
The launch above is Fleetwing and the photos were sent in by South Island woody – Pete Beach. Pete mentioned in a June 2020 WW story (link below – great read), that he once owned Fleetwing. The photos above are from when she was owned by Seymor Scott of Wharehunga Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound back in the 1940’s.

I’m a little confused – do we have two Fleetwings? In a November 2016 WW story we talked about Fleetwing being purchased by the Pollard Brothers and returned to Auckland and given a make-over. The hulls look similar but the boat must have had several ‘make-overs’. Check out the links below and let me know if we have the same boat. I’m sure Cameron Pollard will clear it up 🙂
2016 Story

https://waitematawoodys.com/2016/11/09/fleetwing/

2020 Story

https://waitematawoodys.com/2020/06/22/an-epic-tale-of-whalers-fishermen-farmers-commercial-launch-masters/
Sorry if I got my wires crossed – been a busy boy today. 

4 thoughts on “Fleetwing

  1. I can tell you this fleetwing pictured has never been 26’ long or 7’ beam. You’ve got the wrong boat…… and the pollards wish she was capable of 46mph lol

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  2. This Fleetwing was built in 1927, length 26′ x 7’4″ powered by 160hp V type 8 cyl Curtiss engine and sold on to W Parkinson of Ponsonby Auckland 1935. Her best speed was 46mph.

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  3. Definitely the same boat. Fleetwing was my grandfathers boat up till the 60s then went to the mussel farms. She went through a few owners I saw her on a mooring in Paremata. I bought her to stop her being demolished and she finished up in garden in Whanganui before returning to Auckland.

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