LADY FAY > ARTHUR DALEY > COMPASS ROSE

LADY FAY > ARTHUR DALEY > COMPASS ROSE

WW was recently contacted by Eric Sanderson in regard to his uncles boat – Lady Fay. Best if Eric tells us the story – 

“The hull was built by  Orams and Davies Whangarei in the early 1950’s and finished off by my uncle Jack Sanderson with twin 3 cylinder Lister motors fitted.                                            Orams also build the Irene around the same time, either a year later or year before. The owners were good friends of Uncle Jack.

Lady Fay fished commercially out of Whangarei till 1967 and was sold to a car salesman or someone in the trade, and went to Auckland. Not sure of their name, then 2-3 years later boat was put into Ship Builders for a complete make over, the  Listers were removed and two Fords were put in and a bridge deck was added. This I was told  by another Uncle who lived in Auckland at the time. Must be some one from Ship Builders in the 1970’s will remember Lady Fays make over.

Boat was then named – Arthur Daley, I have talked to a owner in late 1980’s early 1990’s and he did not want to know his boat was 20 years older than he thought, and was sure it was build in the 1970’s, which fits in with when it went to Ship Builders for it transformation to bridge-decker. 

I believe the boat is now named Compass Rose and is still in Auckland and for sale.

So woodys can we help Eric fill in any gaps and and history on the vessel. (sorry about the photos – very poor quality)

06-05-2023 INPUT EX ASHLEY SIM – As previously mentioned by Alan Keane – the broker I bought Arthur Daley through – I purchased her in 1993 from Greg and did quite a bit of work on Her. The twin Fords had quite a vibration so I installed rubber engine mounts and it made a big difference. They were sweat running engines with lovely controls. I also fitted out the forward cabin with a double berth and extra head. I sold her in 1995 – through Alan – to her current owner.

NEW COLOUR WAY – limited run                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               1. One size fits all  2.100% canvas/cotton, 6 panel, adjustable brass clasp  3. Colour is camel with dark brown embroidered logo. 4. Tonal under peak lining.

Price is $38 (gst inclusive) + $5 p&p 

What’s next – email me at waitematawoodys@gmail.com & advise:

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9 thoughts on “LADY FAY > ARTHUR DALEY > COMPASS ROSE

  1. Ray may have been his earlier boat he built before my time. from what i recall the twin listers were installed in Lady Fay after he brought the hull .As a young boy in the 60s i went fishing with Jack and he told me the listers had never given any problems .most of the time we were fishing out behind the Great Barrier Island best times ever

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  2. I have always had the idea that the “Lady Fay” when new had one centerline engine and one offset to port. Built that way for Jack when he was fishing, mostly flounder netting in Whangarei harbour but sometimes long lining out in bream bay. Does anybody know?? or was I dreaming.

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  3. Arthur Daley. As previously mentioned by Alan Keane – the broker I bought Arthur Daley through – I purchased her in 1993 from Greg and did quite a bit of work on Her. The twin Fords had quite a vibration so I installed rubber engine mounts and it made a big difference. They were sweat running engines with lovely controls. I also fitted out the forward cabin with a double berth and extra head. I sold her in 1995 – through Alan – to her current owner.

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  4. Brent your previous owner may of brought the boat off the owner that had the complete rebuild done, the boat name Sassin ? rings a bell some were. Long time ago

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  5. Information on this vessel from a previous owner is she was called either Sassin or Sasoon (or similar) during the 1980’s. She was then changed to Arthur Dailey which was the name when the current owner purchase in 1994. The current owner changed the name to Compass Rose in the early 2000’s (yes, named after the corvette as suggested in a post above).
    There is another WW post with a 1950’s photo asking to identifiy a boat which is apparently identified as Lady Fay, but is a very different looking bridgedecker, plus apparently Lady Fay was a fishing vessel until 1967. I think there is some confusion here and photos don’t seem to match up, so maybe the vessel Lady Fay in the top photos are not same Arthur Daley/Compass Rose in the bottom photo I look two months ago.

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  6. Had a 30 odd foot yacht land on top of it in the Westhaven tornado. Lots of started cabin joints but fully repaired at Half Moon Bay

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  7. Wow, a lovely ship which I sold 3 times, and no Knowledge of her original life.
    Reminds me of buying Ballerina in 82 as a 1961 build, and subsequently finding out she was a 1952 build by Lidgard.
    She was owned by a friend Greg Frampton from around 86 to 88, and he renamed her Arthur Daley. Then sold to Ashley and Gail Sim who had her at Half Moon Bay, and we cruised often with them in Moana Lua.
    Around 95 I sold her to the current owners, a retired 747 pilot, and he renamed her Compass Rose, so they have enjoyed her for 28 years. Lovely lines, and I always wondered why she had a very deep keel.
    You learn something every day, particularly from Waitematawoodies.
    Cheers Allan

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  8. Compass Rose was no doubt named after the corvette which featured in the 1951 book The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsurrat which told the story of convoy escort duty in the North Atlantic during WW2. This was made into a film in 1953 starring Jack Hawkins. Reading the book as a kid was very character forming. Cheers! Denis O’Callahan

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  9. If this craft is called COMPASS ROSE, there are in fact 2 of them, the other is a very shapely nice looking sedan top type steel boat, (does not actually look like a steel boat at all to me, & never had a sign of any rust anywhere, when I knew her),& is about 38 feet long, built in the1950s. – KEN R

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