Te Rauparaha

Te Rauparaha’s designer & builders


Judith Gardiner sent in the stunning photo above of Te Rauparaha when owned by Mr Harry James Mills of Upland Road in Remura, Auckland. Harry had 4 sons – Adrian, John, Douglas & Robert.

The 55’ Te Rauparaha was designed by Chas Bailey Jnr. and built in 1938 by Chas Bailey & Sons, see read more here https://waitematawoodys.com/2013/05/22/te-rauparaha/

Judith commented that her father Walter (Keith) Young was friends with Robert Mills. Keith, born in 1925 and a builder, also built boats in his spare time.  Later on, he went farming in Silverdale, just north of Auckland. One such sailing boat was called the Iona.

Judith recalls that Keith would often talk about the Baileys, through his family line, his father’s side he / we are related.  The Baileys, Scotts (From Scotts Landing in the Mahurangi) and Archibald Young ( Judith’s 2nd great grandfather) were all involved in the ship building and related activities.  Archibald was apprenticed to George Darroch and Archibald was at one time the master of the ‘Sovereign of the Seas.’  When he retired from the sea, he worked for George T. Nicol who was also a boat builder.Judith also sent in the 1914 photo of the Bailey family.

I have also posted below photos of Te Rauparaha (named Samara) from her current tme listing, I understand home port is Noumea, New Caledonia. I won’t comment………..

2 thoughts on “Te Rauparaha

  1. Hell…….
    Well could have been a shed I suppose.
    Yeah, Grant. Used to tootle past her in the late ’50s early ’60s when she was moored beside Rakanoa. Two variations on the same theme…. Capt John Watson who served in the War spoke about her wartime life when we were discussing her as a family (we were in Schoolhouse bay when you could anchor there and she was anchored further out.) Apparently the Navy tried to ballast her up fwd to bring her down so she didn’t sail about so much but she started to leak badly so they took it out and left her as she was.


  2. Te Rauparaha use to moor in the 1960s up the Tamaki River just south of the Waipuna bridge
    She was a big boat back then
    What a tragedy the current superstructure is !
    The bow always looked too high for her length


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