Following on from yesterdays gallery of work boats from Port Chalmers, today we have a photo taken by Dean Wright of a very salty looking Matahui, berthed at Port Chalmers.

A lap of Stewart Island would not be a problem for this old girl, keen to know more about her.

See & read more about her here




I was recently contacted by Bruce Pearson, who is trying to track down the old wooden launch named Pakeha, pictured above, which belonged to his late Grandfather Dr. Gordon Campbell of Nelson.

Bruce is light on any details about the boat as he was just a child when his Grandfather took his family out on it, around the late 1960’s, early 1970’s (Bruce is aged 55 now).

Bruce’s mother told him that her Dad (Gordon Campbell) had the boat since the 1940s and he renamed it to Pakeha, she thinks it was formerly called Elsie or something similar.

Pakeha was double ended and had a lower berth cabin with a semicircular front and a taller wheelhouse. Her length is unknown.

Bruce has been told that it was later owned by a farmer near Motueka somewhere and that it was partially restored when the farmer passed away. No info available as to what happened to it since that sighting.

Bruce would love to hear what became of Pakeha.



Help Wanted Finding Old Family Launch – LISA


Help Wanted Finding Old Family Launch – LISA

Earlier this year I was contacted by Philip & Phillipa Goddard who were looking for details on the 28’ launch Lisa that in the mid 1960s, their family cruised around Waiheke Island in. They only owned her for a few year but they have many fond memories of her.

Philip is not 100% sure of the history below, but would like to think that maybe someone else can put some light on it.

They were told that she was built pre 1900 & initially launched in the Manukau Harbour but later moved to the Waitemata. At some stage a person called Ken Simpson owned her, Philip can remember him coming aboard at some stage & pointed out a rib that he had replaced.

Philip commented that she was a great sea boat that had a burst of speed if you opened up the throttle. One of his lasting memories is using the toilet directly next to the running uncovered petrol engine J

Philip’s father is now in his early 80s & would love to hear what became of Lisa.







Sou’ East



The 39′ 1947 Lanes built Sou’East is seen above weighing in a thresher shark at Paihia in 1984. Photos ex Dean Wrights collection.
Sou’East has appeared on WW before, but not as above – to view as launched photos & current day, click the link below.

I have include below another of Dean’s photos, this one of the very ‘salty looking’ commercial fishing boat – Lady Karen – photo dated 1984, when owned by Frank Goodhue.



Waimarie II




Waimarie II was built by Oliver & Gilpin. The photo above was taken in 1984 & comes from Dean Wright’s recently digitized collection.

Dean commented that she was bought by Gerard Fitzgerald in 1986 and run as a charter boat in the Bay of Islands for two years, then someone bought her changed her name to Kiwi Cruiser and ran her for many years. Sadly Waimarie II hit Tapeka Point (B.O.I.) one night and was a total loss.

Do we know any more about her?