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.
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.