Lady Gazelle On The Rocks


It saddens me to report the demise of the launch – Lady Gazelle (formally Gazelle), designed and built by Jim Young c. late 1950’s. During the recent Cyclone Gabrille, Lady Gazelle was put on the rocks in the Coromandel Harbour. Owners Mitch and Cathy Edwards commented that she had been struck by another drifting boat and cut from her mooring.

While she will no doubt be written off, the Edwards hope that the four years they spent restoring her has not all gone to waste and that someone will tender for her and hopefully repair her.

Princess – Lake Taupo 

Ian McDonald also reported in that the launch Princess was blown off her mooring in Acacia Bay, Lake Taupo. Hopefully re-floated – can anyone advise.  Previous WW story on the launch here

7 thoughts on “Lady Gazelle On The Rocks

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  2. Lady Gazelle has been bought by Ryan Welsh who intends to restore her to her former glory. Ryan is only 22 so has many years of boating ahead of him. Will keep WW up to date with progress. Graham W


  3. So sad to see our old family launch Gazelle in such a predicament. So many happy memories around the Hauraki Gulf back in the 1960’s and 70’s. I really hope someone saves her. Gay (Stockley)


  4. It’s sad to see someone lose their beauty of history gone with so much life to enjoy.
    Dave and alex. Whangaruru harbour with 1947 woody alofa still doing the hours.


  5. Ken I agree with your comment, but the truth is these classics are dropping away one by one, and will continue to do so unfortunately. People with the resolve to keep/save these boats are reducing at a rapid pace .
    Some will though 🙂


  6. GAZZELLE looks so very sad & I do so hope someone takes her under their wing, & restores her to her former beauty — a beautiful classic boat. of her era– KEN R


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