Te Rata

TE RATA

More photos from the Auckland Libraries Heritage Collection, this time it is the launch – Te Rata built by W.G Lowe & Son’s, Auckland.

In the launch day photo we see Bob Adams, Tom Blackie and Jean Dickenson. An axe is being used to break a bottle across the bow.
A very smart looking launch, so as always – what became of her?

7 thoughts on “Te Rata

  1. A boat very similar to this was owned by Mr.Boucher who kept it on a mooring at what we called Bouchers Bay…Actually Pasadena Bay I think.He had a caretaker who looked after everything.He would arrive sometimes in his larger boat if there for a longer holiday…He had a mooring in the bay for that as well….That was in the 1950’s

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  2. Yeah if we’re going to pick wee holes I’d tolerate the side windows (they might look corny if the aft edges tipped fwd). But I reckon I’d have liked to see the lower rubbing strake maybe following the sheer a little at the fwd end -a bit more parallel to the upper one. Just nit picking -she’s not too bad.

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  3. I suspect not. That wheelhouse is quite big and the coaming aft is different. Also the lines aft look suspiciously like they are swinging up to a counter rather than a sharp end.

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  4. What a cracker! Someone had a good eye for lines! Just the ideal boat for a man and his lady maybe with one offspring for weekends and holidays away. Interesting seeing the lady standing back and watching the ceremonial. BUT what I love is the working boatyard backdrop. Fair takes me back to the way St Marys Bay used to be before it got gentrified. Got any more?

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