Post WWII Boating On The Waitemata 

Post WWII Boating On The Waitemata 

Another old movie day – same source (Lew Redwood fb post / link to some film footage from c.1945 that is stored / saved on Nga Taonga – the NZ archive of film, television and sound.)Given the date everyone must’ve been so relived to be emerging from the doom and glum of WWII and back boating again.

Todays footage is a potpourri and tagged ‘Personal Record. Taylor, AG. (Akarana Regatta, Northern Cruise, Othei Bay, Oyster Inspector, Zane Grey’s Gallows). Approx. 12 minutes in length. 

A great mix of sail and motor boats – towards the end, the flying boat landing in the harbour amongst the pleasure craft is something you wouldn’t see in todays PC world.

LINK TO WATCH THE MOVIES HERE https://www.ngataonga.org.nz/search-use-collection/search/F44551/

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13-05-2023 INPUT EX ROBIN ELLIOTT

The clip is one of many filmed by AG. Taylor, that have been doing the rounds for some years. He held many film evenings at yacht clubs during the 1940’s and 1950’s and 60’s.

A.G. Taylor was the father of John Taylor (Ex Stewart 34 Paprika) and grandfather of Team NZ’s Andrew Taylor. He sailed with ‘Boy’ Bellve on the Ngatoa and used to film their cruises, the Richmond Yacht Club picnics and follow his sons (who owned the M-class Mercedes 1939-1949) around filming them during races. Film stock was a mix of colour and black and white.

Some years ago, Point Chevalier YC (I think) discovered a collection of his film reels in their old clubhouse attic that had been left behind after a long-forgotten film evening. They copied them to videotape and were selling them as a fundraiser for their new clubhouse.

This particular clip is a mish-mash of dates and assembled in no particular order. There is a brief and blurry clip of the 1939 World’s 18-foot series shot from the Westhaven wall, as well as a much better clip of the 1948 Series (where you have that spectacularly overloaded and listing ferry). There are several Regattas depicted.

I agree with Simon below regarding colour film. When I first saw these films (almost 30 years ago) John Taylor told me that his father ‘got the colour film from America’.

Also, in several of the colour clips, A-7 Rainbow is shown in gaff, she was laid up after 1940 and briefly returned to racing in 1945 but broke her mast and was again laid up until sold to Leo Bouzaid in 1948 who converted to marconi rig in 1949.

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6 thoughts on “Post WWII Boating On The Waitemata 

  1. Other than a brief glimpse of a small cluster of ladies ashore it’s interesting to note the presence of the fairer sex was non existent esp on the cruising trips. Unless perhaps, they were firmly secured out of sight in the galley! How times have changed!

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  2. The clip is one of many filmed by AG. Taylor, that have been doing the rounds for some years. He held many film evenings at yacht clubs during the 1940’s and 1950’s and 60’s.

    A.G. Taylor was the father of John Taylor (Ex Stewart 34 Paprika) and grandfather of Team NZ’s Andrew Taylor. He sailed with ‘Boy’ Bellve on the Ngatoa and used to film their cruises, the Richmond Yacht Club picnics and follow his sons (who owned the M-class Mercedes 1939-1949) around filming them during races. Film stock was a mix of colour and black and white.

    Some years ago, Point Chevalier YC (I think) discovered a collection of his film reels in their old clubhouse attic that had been left behind after a long-forgotten film evening. They copied them to videotape and were selling them as a fundraiser for their new clubhouse.

    This particular clip is a mish-mash of dates and assembled in no particular order. There is a brief and blurry clip of the 1939 World’s 18-foot series shot from the Westhaven wall, as well as a much better clip of the 1948 Series (where you have that spectacularly overloaded and listing ferry). There are several Regattas depicted.

    I agree with Simon below regarding colour film. When I first saw these films (almost 30 years ago) John Taylor told me that his father ‘got the colour film from America’.

    Also, in several of the colour clips, A-7 Rainbow is shown in gaff, she was laid up after 1940 and briefly returned to racing in 1945 but broke her mast and was again laid up until sold to Leo Bouzaid in 1948 who converted to marconi rig in 1949.

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  3. Just a couple of points from Kens comments. I had friend who had colour film in 1939 which they got from the USA. They took still shots with it but not sure if they used it for movies, Prize yacht was owned by the Endeans and then the Thompsons, not Leo Bouzaid who later owned Rainbow.

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  4. NOTE : DO NOT TREAT DETAILS HERE AS FACTUAL – BASED ON 70+ YEAR OLD MEMORIES
    These boats were part of my own heady early days of boating, which started for me at 7 years old in 1943 & the details of quite a number of them as shown, have stayed with me all my life, as I seem to have a photographic memory for this sort of thing, & as I was probably a real nosy little sh?t, I made it my business to find out all I could from the owners of the day, of all the launches in particular, that I liked, with a few yachts as well.
    For what its worth, here is a list of the boats I can positively identify, together with their owners & builders details where known to me.;
    TIROMANA by Couldrey owner Henry Allen 1939, REREMOANA by Couldrey others, ALOFA, MARO, owner Les Webber, APACHE, owner Harold Parkinson, KENYA II, owner Len Heard, CRUSADER, owner Rev, Jasper Calder, NAUTY GIRL by & for Roy Steadman foreman Shipbuilders 1949, AWARUA, by & for Ted Cooper 1646-47, LADY MAGARET by Colin Wild, owner H O Wiles 1927, SUNRAY, post tram top/brIdgedeck change done c1950, ALOFA, REHIA by Colin Wild owner Bill Ryan, WINSOME II, owner Andy Donovan, LORNA DOONE, Yacht RANGER ( A22) by & for Lou Turcell, yacht NGATOA ( A17) owner “Boy” (Gordon) Belvie, yacht ARIKI (A1), TAUFALE, ROTUI, by Chris Craft, owner Alec Walker, SAFARI, owner Carl Kasper, MARGARET S, owner Alec Stewart, MALOLO, TASMAN, by Colin Wild, owner, Jack Brook. Yacht Prize (A15), owner Endean family. Views of Islington Bay Rangitoto Island & the Army Wharf therein, c early 1950s — KEN R

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  5. Thank you I really enjoy reading and seeing. We the Binney’s of Whangarei and Paihia found Isa Lei at Bowentown many years ago. She was a very sad lady. But after about a year of hard work she became a new Lady of the sea.👍👍❤️

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