The launch Msuire was built by W.G. Lowe in Auckland and that folks is all we know about her.Given that very cool canoe stern, someone must know what became of her post launch day. (photos ex Auckland Libraries Heritage Collection)

UPDATE: Nathan Nerbert reminded me Msuire resides these days at the Thames marina.

Input from Martin Howson – (from June 2018 ww )This boat is the M’sieur and was owned by Horrie Mau who lived on the sea front at Bucklands. She was built by Bailey and Lowe and prior to moving North was based in Wellington. After her time at Bucklands she went to Thames and as far as I know she is still there in the mud berths. She was a fine sea boat and had a set of sails as useful alternative in the event of engine failure which happened on at least one ocasion. Mr Mau was not familiar with the Gulf and asked my father in law how to get to Kawau Island ,the instructions were not fully understood because he ended up at Little Barrier instead and could not find Bon Accord Harbour dispite circumnavigating Little Barrier a number of times, he was however a very fine fisherman.

A Face To The Name

We have featured a lot of W. G Lowe woodys of late so its probably appropriate to run a photo of the man himself – very dapper. William George Lowe – died 14 June 1935, aged 68.


My wife Sue and I have owned her since 1988. She was built in 1952 by W B Lowe and Son Ltd in Beaumont Street Auckland for a sheep farmer in Marton – William Dudley Willis. He had a property in Marlborough and she made trips across Cook Strait to this property. I think she had a mooring at Paremata. She is a registered ship No. 191808 and Msuire is Swahili for “This is very good”  according to a note in the original registry document. Msuire originally had a 4 cylinder Thornycroft R, T, R, 4 engine and now has a 4 cylinder Ford of about 70HP. She is 9.75m length, 3.14m breadth and draws 1.26m. She originally had a mast and had a heavy canvas steadying sail but no mast at present. We have enjoyed holidays with our three children to Great Barrier,  Waiheke, Kawau, and the Mercury islands and she has been a safe and reliable ship. She usually sits on a mud berth in Thames but at present is on a mooring near Hannafords wharf Coromandel harbour. About 5 years a German film crew doing a documentary on the Hauraki  Gulf were intrigued with the mud berths in Thames and in their film of about 45minutes there is a 5minute section on Msuire trying to venture off the mud – the link to this documentary is:

11 thoughts on “Msuire

  1. According to the Register of British Ships she should answer to MSUIRE and was built by W.G. Lowe & Son in 1951; 34′ loa Thornycroft 40hp 4 cyl diesel.


  2. It is believed she originally had a Thorneycroft engine, which was believed also to probably be a diesel, which was replaced in the later 1960s 4 cyl Ford Diesel, which she still has today.

    She is presently moored at Coromandel. — KEN R


  3. Beautiful lines and symmetry, but a shame to see the beauty and character of varnish has disappeared from her coamings. — She looked really stunning on her launching day. — KEN R (edit AH)


  4. Msuire is owned by Mike Milburn from Thames and is either berthed at Thames Marina or at Coromandel.
    I have spoken to Mike and forwarded this post to him. He is happy to share any info he can.
    Mike can be contacted on 078682230 or

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  5. As I recall it from my days as a Coastguard radio operator (ZLTN), she was owned by a coastguard member and her callsign was ZMEW. She was moored in the Tamaki River and the owner was an active boatie…out almost every weekend. I can’t remember his name!


  6. Shes on WW a reasonable amount, as a Thames mud boat

    As always you are on the button Mr Herbert 🙂 Photos added. Alan H


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