Classic Launches at Kawau Island 1939
Todays photo comes to us from the AKL Library Heritage Collection and is tagged ‘Colourised image – Mansion House Bay, Kawau Island, 1939′
Think I can confidently ID the three launches in the middle of the photo, being – Amakura II > Rehia >
Atalanta. (correction – more likely to be Marguerite/Lady Una. Thanks Patrick O’Mera for the heads up)
Wonderful to see that Rehia has remained almost unaltered for the last 80+ years – we like that 🙂 Recent WW story on her here https://waitematawoodys.com/2023/03/31/rehia-a-peek-down-below/
The smaller launch to the left has me stumped. Anyone able to ID her .
I think the colored image has to be pre WWII as the AMAKURA has her original stern exhausts & I have images of her during WWII in the navy garb, with her present side exhausts clearly visible — perhaps this change was done during WWII.
The colour is very well done if done after printing.
Also it is the only image I have ever seen of her with exhausts out the back & the boarding ladder at the bridgedeck door — neve new she had ever had that – interesting.
I saw the bunged up stern exhaust outlets when she was being refurbished at Brookes West Auck rural property, & the paint had been stripped off the tuck, a year or so ago. – KEN R
As stated the photos 1939. WWII started Sept 1939 so of course it’s pre WWII. Alan H
I would suggest the tallest mast on the left of screen is Ranger.
Unusual to have a colour photo from 1939. It doesn’t look hand colourised either.