Who Built Lady Sam
Back in September 2015 the 32’ launch – Lady Sam made an appearance on WW, at the time we were not able to shed much light on her past. When on tme once it was stated that she was a 1925 Collings and Bell build, but Harold Kidd pointed out that not under that name and obviously the ‘bridge-deck’ was a newer addition.
The problem with these mid>late 1920’s – early 1930, thirty’ish foot launches, is the almost every boatyard in Auckland was popping them out at a great tempo, my own boat being one of them. HDK told me once, but I have forgotten the numbers but from memory it was over 1,000. They were the Toyota Utes of the Hauraki Gulf.
Fast forward to January 2018 and Marianne Booen commented on WW that she had purchased Lady Sam in Sept 2017 and was intending to commence work on the launch.
Then woodys in August 2021 the launch made a cameo appearance on Romilly Brickell’s fb, commenting that LS was hauled out at the hard stand in Coromandel town.
So the question today is, after 6+ years are we in better shape to confirm the provenance of Lady Sam? Photo below afloat is c.2015
Link below to 2015 WW story https://waitematawoodys.com/2015/09/25/lady-sam/