TRADITION – A PEEK DOWN BELOW
TRADITION – A PEEK DOWN BELOW
MYSTERY CLEVEDON LAUNCH – SEAFORTH
HELP NEEDED TRACING LAUNCH
I have been contacted by Kelly Ellis seeking info on her previously owned launch Rowena. Kelly bought the 24’, carvel built launch in c.1997 and sold her in 2003.
Kelly commented that if she remembers correctly she was built c.1966 by Jim Cox.
CLASSIC WOODEN BOAT WEEKEND CRUISE TO CLEVEDON – 72 Photos
Tides Out 🙂 (photo ex Alan Good)
Mystery Devonport Classic Launch
Restoration of MV LION
Lion was launched in late 1912 for use on Lake Wakaptipu for Hugh McKenzie of Lake Wakatipu, serving the family and owners of Walter Peak, Fernhill and Mt Nicholas Stations. When launched she was fitted with a 21hp, 3 cylinder Clifton engine.
Constructed from kauri planking to a canoe stern design, to handle the choppy and unpredictable conditions of Lake Wakatipu. Her specs are – Length: 38′,
Beam: 9′, Draft: 3′ & she is powered by a Yanmar 51hp. (Info ex Harold Kidd)
At one stage she operated as a charter vessel on Lake Wakatipu.
Over the last few days I have had cause to be in the vicinity of several boat yards
Help Needed Finding Doris / Miss Doris
Greg Philpott has asked for help in tracking down the 1910, A.T. Lane (Auckland) built launch – Doris / Miss Doris. She was launched as Doris but renamed Miss Doris in 1949. Her first owner was Albert Fuller for use in the Bay of Islands.
She was a hard working launch and undertook all manner of work for AE Fullers and Sons but she was eventually sold out of the Fullers fleet in 1969 to Doug Nankervis for use as a fishing boat. She was subsequently sold in 1974 to Ashley Synnott and relocated to Mangawhai. That is where the trail goes cold, and Greg would love to find out what happened to her and where she ended up.
We do know some history of her propulsion :- No intel on what engine was in her when launch but in 1917 it was replaced with a Scripps – then in 1920 a Regal G E Coy – then in 1929 a Studebaker, 1933 saw a Alisa Craig went in – 1954 in went a Ford and lastly some time in the 1960’s a Caterpillar was shoe honed in – rumour has it, it nearly took up 1/2 the cabin 🙂
She has appeared on WW before https://waitematawoodys.com/2014/10/15/9233/
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29-07-2020 Harold Kidd Input – The first 3 paragraphs of the text of “Legends in Our Lifetime” sound like a waterfront yarn. . “Collins and Bell” and the “site of the Bridgeway Tavern” don’t go together.but there”s a kernel of fact in there I guess. The”Negro Minister” intrigues me. I’ve heard it before and wonder if it’s a conflation of Rev, Jasper Calder, but will check out this interesting angle and see if it has legs (mixed metaphors, anyone?)
Previous WW Zephyr stories
Then four years ago, a friend pointed out Pakeha was for sale. ‘I’d always loved that boat . . .so I decided to buy it.’
The old fishing boat is a true survivor. Beaven believes it may the only one from Kaikoura at that time still around. ‘It’s been washed up on the beach . . .five, six times in its life and survived.’
The boat builders were able to rebuild Pakeha referencing old photos and Beavans’ memory of how it was. ‘It’s always been one of the nicest, tidiest boats as a fishing boat,’ Beaven said. The boat is about a week away from completion, with just electric work to be done.
Beaven and wife Nancy are planning a big trip to the top of the South Island this summer, including a visit to the daughter of the first owner of Pakeha, who lives in Waimate, and to the boat’s old home of Kaikoura.
WESTHAVEN CLASSIC LAUNCHES
FIESTA – B.O.I.
Dean Wright sent in the above photo of the launch – Fiesta. Dean commented that she has lived at Waipiro Bay, Bay of Islands for a while now. The ‘hothouse almost gets a WW tick, very nice proportions, colour and design. In fact if the owner contacts me – email@example.com I’ll give them a WW T-shirt. I’ll need some proof of ownership – eg more photos / details:-)
What do we know about her?
Mystery Waiheke Launch
MYSTERY WESTHAVEN LAUNCH
This photo ex Williamson Family Collection, recently popped up on fb and thanks to Harold Kidd we now know a lot more about the vessel.
QUEEN OF BEAUTY
SPINDRIFT Mystery Launch
LAKE MANAPOURI – MANURERE
1985 Chas Bailey Gaffer – Ida – Invitation To View
The owner of Pirate, Bryce Armstrong, sent in the above photo of the 32’ Bob Swanson built launch. She was launched in 1977 and was the last launch Swanson built. The original owner in Picton finished the topsides
Classic Wooden Boat Riverhead Cruise
Mystery Launches – Mansion House Bay