Anyone Know This Woody And Skipper

Jim Brown

Anyone Know This Woody And Skipper

On Monday we ran a great tale on the yacht Imatra and her passage to New Zealand from Barbados back in 1949 – link below to that story.

During the week we have been refreshing the story as more content on the vessel, her crew and the passage have been uncovered. Most of the ’spade work’ was done by Deidre Brown, the daughter of Albert (Jim) Brown who was one of the crew on the delivery voyage. In conversations with Deidre she mentioned that her father in and around the 1960’s owned a yacht and whilst the family had photos, they have no record of the boats name, design / builder etc – so today woodys we are asking if the name Jim Brown and the above photos ring any bells with you. 

The woody that supplies the best intel will receive a WW t-shirt and cap – I’m feeling extra generous today 🙂 

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2 thoughts on “Anyone Know This Woody And Skipper

  1. Similar to the HB called Navigator that was in Okahu Bay for a time late 70’s early eighties -a bit longer than Aurora.


  2. Not dissimilar to the Harrison Butler “Thuella” design, a 24 foot double ender. Aurora was one such locally built HButler which proved her seaworthiness in the 1950’s stormy Wellington to Lyttleton race which claimed 2 yachts sunk with loss of life. Ww has had articles and pics on this boat which was close to the original design with 5 portholes a side of the raised coach roof. Of course small double tenders were popular designs from a number of UK and US marine architects, especially prior to about 1950.


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