Westshore 1931 Regatta
Now I might be losing my marbles, but I’m pretty sure I haven’t run this story before.
Back in early 2019 an old friend – Greg Fenwick, sent me the above photo of the motor boat – Heather, participating in the Westshore Regatta in Napier on Jan 31st 1931.
In the photo Greg’s dad John, is on the helm, aged 12 years at the time.
Four days later the Napier Earthquake hit and the waterway in the photo was no more. The location is now close to the site of the current Napier Airport. The houses still exist and are next to the main highway north in to Napier.
Any info on what became of Heather would be most welcome.
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That’s a really nice photo.
Here’s the News report of the day
I think HEATHER was the 20footer built in 1912 for T Barry of Napier by H.J. Levey of Devonport with a 4hp Union engine.