All correct entries received before 6pm 29/03/23, go in the draw for a copy of the magnificent book – ‘Des Townson – A Sailing Legacy’ by Brian Peet. The book chronicles the life and design work of one of New Zealand’s most successful boating legends. Over 400 photographs.
WW was sent the above photo by Shelley Campbell, who uncovered the photo amongst some old slides that belonged to her grandparents. Shelly resides in Australia and commented that she had family in NZ and took cruises from Australia to visit them in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Unfortunately none of the slides are labelled so Shelley has been trying to figure out where the photos are taken using Google image search, the WW site came up in one of those searches for the above photo.
So woodys the question today is – can we ID the location and launch – Shelley was thinking possibly Lake Taupo or Lake Wanaka.
The photos above were sent in by Steve Taylor who spotted the framed photo on the wall in the Duke of Marlborough waterfront hotel in Russell, Bay of Islands. The location is obviously in front of the Duke in Russell.
Steve commented that with those canards on the bow she looked like a c.1930’s racing / record attempt craft.
Todays woody is what appears to be a very smart sub 30’ double-ender launch, seen in the above photo anchored in Napier’s Inner Harbour.
The photo comes to us from a late 2022 Maurice Sharp fb post.
Would love to put a name to the launch and an approximate date to the photo.
Tall Ships At The 2023 Australian Wooden Boat Festival Short video to given you a quick overview of the Tall Ship eye candy at the festival – all earning their keep doing inner harbour cruises. Enjoy 🙂
After over a week of wooden boating varnish and bling its time to come back down to reality. Just before the sh_t storm hit NZ Jason Prew slipped the lines for an overnighter at Islington Bay, Rangitoto Island.
Todays photo came from that trip and the featured launch is an unknown to both Jason and myself. So woodys – can anyone help ID the boat named AC /DECS.
I suspect there may have been several sheets of plywood used in her construction………..
Todays woody an ex Auckland Harbour Board (AHB) work boat named TeTui. There is some issue arounf the above photo of her in Tryphena, Gt Barrier Island – as the ‘owner’ of the photo – Maurie Ogden, believes it was taken c.1978/79 but the photo has a dated tag of 2015 – so firstly can we confirm the date? Maurie recalls TeTui was engaged by the AHB in the 1960’s to service the harbour bouys and beacons.
Gordon Land has commented that Ken Morris positively identified her as a AHB boat belonging to his neighbour Dr Fergus. When he died his son John took it to Tauranga, repaired and sold it. She is / was about 26′ LOA and had a 4 cylinder Ford diesel.
Can any of the Work Boat Group help confirm the above and fill in some of the blanks + update us on what became of her.
INPUT ex NIGEL DRAKE A of photo below of Te Tui on her mooring in Pilot Bay in Nov 2018.
I’M OUT OF HERE – As you are reading this I’m on the big silver bird on-route to Hobart, Tasmania, Australia for the 2023 Australian Wood Boat Festival – I have been trying to get there for 6 years – people dying and a wee thing called Covid has got in the way. To quote that great Aussie saying – I’m as excited as a dog with two tails. It is my plan to post from the festival each day, so check in each morning for a trip report.
Brett Evans sent in the photo above of what appears to be a recent restoration / refit of a double-ender that is currently berthed in Auckland’s Viaduct. Apologies in advance if she has been on WW before – but with no nane or details, its impossible to search for her.
Can we learn her past and who has undertaken the recent work
TUESDAY – BUMPER STORY – Lake Rotoiti Classic & Wooden Boat Parade Report
Recently Brian Peet shared with us a selection of old boating images that came from a family album. The photo above does look vaguely familiar but I can’t recall a name, so if it has appeared on WW before it must be a while ago.
Very unusual looking cabin / dog house + the twin masts make her very distinctive, so hopefully we can ID the vessel and learn more about her.
Weather gods permitting I’m off to Lake Rotoiti (Nth Is.) tomorrow for the annual Lake Rotoiti Classic & Wooden Boat Parade, always a great day afloat. If you are around the central north island over the long weekend and looking for something to do, check out the parade. The best shore based viewing is from the public picnic area 200 metres south of the Okere Store, starting at 11am. There will be an MC announcing the boats as they pass. More details on the parade here: https://www.woodenboatparade.co.nz