San Rosa

San Rosa 

Todays woody is the 18m ex workboat – San Rosa seen in the above photos (dated 15 April 2022) ashore on the beach at Tikitiki, near East Cape, North Island. The story goes that she had been recently sold and the new owners were sailing her from Tauranga to the Marlborough Sounds. Her engine failed when she was 10 nautical miles off Tokomaru Bay and the crew made a mayday call. The Lowe Rescue helicopter winched 3 people and a dog (nice) off San Rosa and the vessel was abandoned. 

Being a solid old girl she drifted for 6 days including being caught in the gale force winds and huge seas brought on by ex-Cyclone Fili, which had hammered the region for days. Then surprise surprise she washed ashore in what appears to be good condition.

Can any of the Workboat Group tell us more about San Rosa’s past?

Interested to hear what became of her – hopefully somehow saved. Thanks Ian McDonal for the heads up on the story 🙂

07-05-2022 UPDATE – ex ‘The Gisborne Herald’ via John Newsham and Geoff Bagnall 

19-05-2022 Update Below ex John Newsham

21-05-2022 – Update Below ex John Newsham

25-05-2022I nput from Dave Stanaway – Dave uncovered this photo of a commemorative Sanford plate from the Dec 1955 launching. Dave’s father had a matching ashtray. Dave commented that San Rosa was top of the line when built for Sanfords. 

UPDATE 13-007-2022

Ian McDonald sent in this link to a story that appeared on the STUFF website

John Newsham sent in the press clippings below from the Gisborne Herald

05-11-2022 UPDATE ex Geoff Bagnall

In The Mean Time

I have been contacted by Rob Bark the new owner of the 16’ clinker run-about below. The first photo, dated c.2015,  shows the boat as purchased by the previous owner (who was based in Rotoiti, Lake Rotorua) – who very quickly removed the cabin and hot-house. Second & third photos show her as a work-in-progress.

Her new owner would love to learn more about the clinker – even a possible build date.

11 thoughts on “San Rosa

  1. The San Rosa is a triple-skinned kauri former commercial fishing boat. Yes the wheelhouse was for’ard of where it is now, however the previous owner (not current one) cut it off and moved it aft. It was supposed to be a floating “holiday home” but ended up being a major project and the owner had other priorities, so it was sold. The previous owner has no connection to the owners that abandoned it. Such a shame to see a beautiful old girl left to the vandals and looters, almost certainly going to end up as scrap.


  2. When built she had the wheelhouse forrard. My grandfather had a lovely glass ashtray with her picture on it which was handed out on her launching day which was I think in the 60’s


  3. Kia Orana
    From the Crooked islands
    By the name and look of her maybe Ex Sanford built by Percy Vos.
    Cheers and Beers
    Lindsay Brebner.


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