TERN II – A Big Project
On Friday I was contacted by Mike Lyon regarding the 52’ yacht Tern II, built by Stow and Son, in Shoreham, UK.- back in May 2021 we ran a wonderful story on the yacht and how it ultimately to be Mike’s care. It is a great read, full of insights and photos (link below) https://waitematawoodys.com/2021/05/23/tern-ii/
I’ll let Mike share todays story with you –
“Hi there, we have a project boat that we are looking to find a new home for, her name is Tern II, and she was built in the UK in 1899, and briefly owned by Claude Worth, a well-known sailing writer of the time who included her in his book “Yacht Cruising”.
She was sailed out to New Zealand in the 1950’s by Ben Pester, a returning Naval officer who wrote about the voyage in his book “Just Sea and Sky”.
We came across her in Tonga in 2004, where she had been abandoned after a failed passage to Hawaii. I had worked as a shipwright in the UK restoring similar vessels and so we decided to take her on as a project.
We had her shipped to NZ in 2006 where we had her in storage for several years before moving her to Whangarei where she is now.
We have replaced the old elm keel with greenheart, wrought iron floors with puriri and 1″ copper keel bolts. There is a large stock of puriri for the framing and the stem and sternpost, and the deck beams.
Due to other work and life commitments, we haven’t been able to work on her for the last few years.
It’s looking like the lease for the shed where she is currently being stored is coming to an end as the whole area is earmarked for development, and so we are looking into ways to secure her future and are putting the word out there to any interested parties who would be willing to take her on.”
Mike can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org
She’s closer to 42′ unless they’re including the bowsprit. For several years she was moored at Herald Island, less than a mile from the Fife ketch “Maud”, which also at one time belonged to Claud Worth. Some coincidence! A young Eric Hiscock sailed in her when she was owned by a bloke called Wright.
She was here at Hobsonville for a while when owned by the American woman who sailed on the aborted Hawaii trip which finished in Tonga. That voyage got off to a bad start; she went aground twice before she got out of sight of the marina.
Hope someone does take her on – she’s one of the better examples of the English “plank on edge” type. Not many of those left anywhere.