Lake Waikaremoana Woodys – Belle Isle and Idalia
It never ceases to amaze me how boats crop up on WW. Wayne Stevens posted the comment below recently on a 2013 story about the launch Belle Isle (link below to that story) https://waitematawoodys.com/2013/07/04/belle-isle/
I have reproduced Wayne’s comment below
“Hi, I’ve just discovered the WW website & love reading about these lovely old craft. On a whim I decided to search for a couple of the boats I know from Lake Waikaremoana, the Belle Isle & Idalia, & was interested to see your story on Belle Isle. I have a photo of her moored in the smaller bay at Home Bay in 2003, refer above. On another visit there I’m pretty sure it was her with only the tip of her bow above water, & I think she was taken away from the lake after that.
The Idalia was a big part of a friend’s deer culling life in the 70’s. The owner would drop Jim Wright (the culler) at the far end of the lake for his trips into the bush, then pick him up weeks later. Jim spent time on the Idalia recuperating then would be dropped back in the bush for more culling.
Unfortunately the last photos I have of the Idalia was of her tied to the bank in Home Bay after being broken into & scuttled, refer belowI’d love to know what happened to her once she was taken away”.
Can anyone help Wayne with any intel on what became of Idalia?
INPUT ON IDALIA FROM ANTONIA METZ – Unfortunately the Idalia is no more – she was refused permission to remain on her mooring at Waikaremoana due to her condition and left tied to the shore for some time – photos to follow – eventually the owner was asked to remove her and as that was not feasible she was broken up and taken away.
OOPS Should have said that LOLA’s first name when built was BEATRICE.
PS LOLA was built by Bailey & Lowe in 1910 for Gordon of Awaroa Bay, renamed EDNA and renamed LOLA by Connell.
IDALIA was built in Auckland in December 1912 for Alderton. He sold her to Gisborne in 1920. She was then taken to Waikaremoana in 1933. She was always IDALIA.
New details added. Alan H
Hi Alan I’m busy looking for the pics got a new computer and the old stuff has not been swapped over yet! Sorry! Cheers Toni
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Thanks for the update – can you email the photos to the address below. Alan H
Unfortunately the Idalia is no more – she was refused permission to remain on her mooring at Waikaremoana due to her condition and left tied to the shore for some time – photos to follow – eventually the owner was asked to remove her and as that was not feasible she was broken up and taken away.
I believe IDALIA today’s post could be the Lola owned for many years by Connells of Connells Bay Waiheke from pre 40S to at least 50s60s. KEN R
photos below supplied by KR. ALAN H