LAKE MANAPOURI MYSTERY LAUNCH
LAKE MANAPOURI MYSTERY LAUNCH
Mystery Launches – Mansion House Bay
Harold Kidd Input – RHODESIA was built in Auckland in September 1912 and railed down to Rotorua. She was 30ft loa 8fft beam 2ft 9in draught. Her first owner was Marshall Ryan Shipping Co who used Bailey & Lowe for their new builds so it’s a fair bet they built her too. Roy Forrester of Helensville ran her for the company in the years immediately after WW1. When Taupo Shipping Co was liquidated and its assets sold off in August 1925 she was sold off. I am not sure she was then renamed TUWHARETOA because Sam Crowther was running a TUWHARETOA for hire in 1923.
MANAROA BAY (Lady Leila)
Mystery Work Boat Question
HDML MANGA > HAIMOANA
In the interests of saving you from getting a sore neck from shaking your head – this boat ended up with a beehive restoration i.e. was put on the bonfire.
HMNZS Manga (Q1185) was one of 16 Harbour Defence Motor Launches (HDML) to be delivered to the RNZN in 1943. She was commissioned on 6 April 1943 and joined the 124th. ML Flotilla at Auckland. She was used in anti-submarine patrols in the port approaches and the Hauraki Gulf northwards to Cape Brett. On 11 October 1945 she paid off in Auckland and was placed in reserve. In early 1946 she was converted for army use, fitted with a towing bitt and transferred ‘on loan’ to the Army. She was renamed Bombardier and used by the RNZ Artillery for target towing and general transport duties for over 10 years. In 1948 she was reclassified as a Seaward Defence Motor Launch (SDML) and renumbered P3567. In November 1959 she was transferred back to the RNZN. In 1960 she was commissioned as HMNZS Manga (call sign ZMBJ) and joined the fishery squadron where she served until 1967. After a refit she was assigned to Wellington RNZNVR until 1973, and then re-joined the fishery squadron briefly, returning to Wellington in 1974. In 1977 Manga was restricted to sheltered waters and returned to Auckland in 1977. During the period from 1977 to 1981 she was attached to HMNZS Ngapona. She was withdrawn from service and sold in 1982 to Takapuna Contractors Ltd., and was later sold again and transported to Helensville for rebuilding.
MYSTERY LAUNCH 14-04-2020
The above photo comes to us via Lew Redwoods fb and shows a very smart launch unloading passengers at an unknown beach – possibly on the Hokianga Harbour. Photo ex Sheran Webb.
On my count there are 17 people aboard……….. not sure how many that Mk1 PFD would support 🙂
Anyone able to shed some light on the launch, she is way to pretty to be an unknown.
A couple of excellent videos below- enjoy
Check out this video ex ‘My Classic Boat’ from the 2016 Thames Traditional Boat Festival, a little OTT in places but some very cool woodys.
Proof even the ‘Experts’ get it wrong – Check Out The Video Below
WOODY QUIZ – WIN A WW T-SHIRT
Otago Yachting & Motor Boat Club – 100 years ago
I was recently sent a link to an article in the Otago Daily Times by Lindsay Grenfell. The original article ran in the ODT 100 years ago (24/03/1920. The photo above was captioned – ‘A launch load of children from orphanages leaving Dunedin wharf for the annual picnic given by the Otago Yachting and Motor Launch Club.. The launch has no markings / name board. Can anyone ID the vessel?
Auckland boaties used to run a similar gig – link here to a WW story from back in August 2015 https://waitematawoodys.com/2015/08/12/orphans-day/
Input from Harold Kidd – INNISFREE which A C Hanlon sold to the Otago Harbour about this time when she was renamed PILOT.
TELSTAR II – VINTAGE SPEED BOAT
Mystery Whangarei Harbour Launch
Help Needed Identifying Classic Wooden Launches
Mystery Launch At Waiheke Island
The above photo popped up on fb recently with the comment ‘1982 Fishermans Wharf, Whitianga’. Sorry about the poor quality of the photo, but hopefully its good enough for someone to ID the launch for us.
FYI – sorry about the early post on WW re Athena, has been transferred to a previous Athena story…….. for some reason the WW search function didn’t work for me.
Avalon – Sam Ford Launch
MYSTERY WHITIANGA LAUNCH
MYSTERY LAUNCH 21-01-2020
MELOA CREEK BOATING GRAVEYARD
Baden Pascoe recently stepped away from the boat for a few hours and went for a walk – a walk that is unknown / overlooked by a lot of Aucklanders – around the Meola Creek, Westmere / Western Springs area. Baden captured the above photos of using his words a “boating lost in time collection”.
The map and photos below are from the Auckland Council website.
Yacht on the left in the pic I sent earlier is Stewart 38 Wendella, built by Claude Spooner in f/glassed ferro for his own use c1960. She had been drawn out to 39’ and made centre cockpit. Extra toilet in aft cabin. For’d head had other loo and a small mosaic tiled bath. Had pressurised hot water from the Lees/Ford 6 cylinder diesel with the exhaust up the mast heating the water (to warm in 15 minutes). Bath had to be baled out – no drain. Was used once for a child and then for stowage ‘English’ fashion. Held 2 cartons of ale and the bagged spinnaker. I crewed on her 1968/70.
Wendella was a virtual sister-ship to Bernie Skinner’s ‘Swanhilde’ which circumnavigated the globe. Pic of Swanhikde is attached here. She was wooden. Taken late 1980s/early 1990s at Coro or TeKouma.
WAITANGI WHARF MYSTERY EVENT
Mystery LENORA – Woody Runabout
The benefits of a self draining cockpit
Whangaroa Big Game Fishing Launch
BOOK PRIZE DRAW – WIN A COPY OF ‘DES TOWNSON – A SAILING LEGACY’
MYSTERY LAUNCH – Lady Fay
1967 Whangarei to Noumea Yacht Race Mystery Launch
Waitematawoodys T-Shirts + New Release – Caps – Perfect Christmas Presents
What’s next – email me at email@example.com & advise:
# Your name
# Postal address
# Quantity & size/s & colour (cap only)
Ps – Sent in a sealed courier bag, so if you are ordering for a Xmas present, no-one will know the contents.
1940’s Woody Speed Boat
1930’s Mystery Launch and Location
McLeod – 36’ Bridgedecker
Interesting day yesterday, WW struggles with the UK market, despite lots of promotional activity we just can not seem to crack it. Yesterday was the biggest number of individual people ever on one day visiting the WW site, with UK visitors 2nd in numbers to NZ for the 1st time ever. Checking out the stats the WW story titled ‘Electro-Chemical Damage Update’ by Chris McMullen was the single biggest viewed page.
I can only assume that somewhere in the UK, maybe a wooden boat building school or a tech university etc told all their pupils to check out Chris’s findings – what ever the reason its great to see the WW site and Chris’s research findings getting exposure around the world 🙂
Mystery Launch at Clevedon
Mystery Launch 15-09-2018
MYSTERY LAUNCH 03-09-2019
The launch on the right is part of the flotilla of pleasure craft welcoming the SS Gothic into Auckland in 1953. Can anyone ID the launch for us? I have also included a close up, taken off the larger photo.
Mystery Boats October 1939
MYSTERY LAUNCH 20-08-2019
Mystery Launch 16-08-2019
Mystery Yacht – 28-07-2019 – solved – it is Galatea
Sprat is a Badnam launch designed by the late David Thomas . Built in the Bay of Islands and recently sold out of Wanaka. She has a builders plate in her.Here is some blurb about her genesis, ex the Wooden Boat Association of NSW, Sydney – 2012 newsletter.
Woodys In The Whangarei Town Basin
1964 Bay of Islands Mystery Event
17-07-2019 Update / Input from Graham Clifford:
“The day before the 1964 commemoration event which recalled Reverend Samual Marsden’s Christmas Day service in 1814, I assisted Norman Fuller in running a wooden barge ashore on the beach towards the eastern end, just out of picture to the left. This barge was to facilitate getting passengers ashore who had made the trip on various Fullers launches from Paihia. A wooden ramp was lowered to the beach and used as an accessway. I made three return trips from Paihia as skipper of Miss Ida, carrying about 40 people per trip in perfect weather.
In identifying the boats in the photo I can name only three : ‘Bay Belle’ – a Fullers boat – and ‘Penguin’ whose home was at Purerua, an inlet within Mangonui Inlet which runs north as far as Te Tii. The people in the dinghy are rowing out to Penguin and we could surmise that two of them would be owner George Hansen and his wife whom he always called “Mum” when radioing her when he was out gamefishing.
The boat which another correspondent suggested is Fuller’s Miss Brett, I would put down as Miss Russell. The two boats were very similar but Miss Brett just had the edge in looks. I skippered both in the 60s, more so Miss Brett including for gamefishing and many line fishing trips with the Italians who were building the oil refinery at Marsden Point.
1964 was the second year of my 42 years as a Fuller’s skipper.”
BEACHED MYSTERY WOODEN LAUNCH
Classic Woody Launch Bronze Steering Gear 4sale
Beautiful bronze Wilcox Crittenden angled helm fitting with bronze chain, 6.5m x 2 of stainless wire, one bronze double upright block with phenolic sheaves, three single Edson upright blocks with bronze sheaves, two bronze Cheek blocks with phenolic sheaves. From a classic American launch. The best quality gear that will give a lifetime of service on your classic launch. Good for another 75 years. Shaft puts the wheel approx 50cm from the bulkhead at about a 45 degree angle. Straight shaft with keyway could be machined to fit any wheel. Tension at the rudder end with turnbuckles. For sale on trade me by one of us good guys 🙂
Hawkes Bay Mystery Motorsailer
Classic Wooden Boat Project
It’s been the week of project boats – for some reason they just keep popping up, thanks to Ian McDonald for the trade me heads up.
Today’s woody was built c.1930, carvel planked kauri and 26’ in length. She has a Nissan TD23 diesels engine, not sure of the condition. The listing says the hull is in good condition – but its a bit hard to tell, that grey undercoat is a bit like black stockings e.g. hides a magnitude of sins 😉
Currently hauled out in Kerikeri, Northland.
Keen to learn more about this woody – name?, designer / builder? – anyone able to help out?
Auckland Anniversary Regatta 1919
MYSTERY LAUNCH – MANUKAU HARBOUR
MYSTERY LAUNCH – Waiheke Island
WHANGAROA MYSTERY LAUNCHES
Kaipara based woody – Greg Schultz is trying to track down info on a kiwi boatbuilder. He doesn’t have much to go by except the name Rex Wright and that he worked in Auckland post WW1, before moving to Cairns where he was reasonably well know around the yards.
Rex was born in 1888 and died in 1990. Can anyone help Greg with info on Rex’s past e.g. where he worked, the vessels he built etc?
Mason B – Bay of Islands Woody Launching
The caption on the photo / press clipping (ex Lew Redwood) reads “A new fishing launch takes the water from the builder’s shed. Mr W. Mason Bayly is the owner”
ARTONO + MYSTERY LAUNCH
Mystery Location & Woody
MYSTERY LAUNCH – 20-04-2019
Hobsonville Marina (West Park in drag) woody John Wicks sent in the above photos of a nice looking, salty little launch currently on the hard at the marina. John commented that there was no name visible and nobody working on her while he was there.
Woody Lake Boat Project
“She belonged to Andrew Lang the previous Harbour Master who now skippers in the Med. Andrew bought the boat in Rotoru and tracked the motor down in Rotoiti which he then restored. He had started restoration but because of his circumstances has elected to sell.