Rotorua Woodys + Goodsons Trucking




Rotorua Woodys + Goodsons Trucking

I have been contacted by Lesley Parker who is researching the Rotorua trucking firm of Goodsons Ltd. In the process of her research Lesley came across the above photos, & she is keen to learn more about them – dates, location, name of the launches etc.
The photos come from Lesley’s grandparents, who are Gregorys & coincidentally- her godfather was actually surnamed Goodson. He ran a tobacconists in Rotorua and was a friend of her uncle and her father.
There are two launches pictured above, one with a tram top & dog-house, and the other with a sedan cabin configuration, this one is named ‘Moose’. Given the location of the trucking firm (Rotorua) & the name Moose, I suspect the boat was connected to Moose Lodge?
Lesley also sent in the photos below of Goodsons logging trucks (same truck, different load), this photo may like jog some memories re dates

Harold Kidd Input – 

The 28 footer MOOSE was built by Collings & Bell for Noel Cole of Moose Lodge, Rotoiti in February 1939. It looks like she was railed to Rotorua and taken by Goodsons’ Ford V8 truck to Rotoiti. Her engine (unknown but probably a Gray, like BETTY’s) was right aft and used a Vee drive, then a novelty in NZ, the layout designed by H. C. Meikle.The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh used her when they stayed with (Sir) Noel at Moose Lodge.

Woody On Tour Up North




Woody on Tour

Ken Ricketts sent in the selection of photos above from a recent trip (car) up North to the Bay of Islands.
An eclectic mix of craft – some known, some not – we see Manuia in the Waitangi Inlet, Mana Rose hauled out on her owners Opua front lawn, the salty wee ship Weitox.
Anyone able to ID the unknown below?

Mystery Bay of Islands Launch – 14-09-2018



Mystery Bay of Islands Launch – 14-09-2018

In both of the above photos we see a very smart day boat, in the boat house photo we also see beached a motor boat with what appears to be the name ‘Zephyr’ on her bow.
The photos come to use ex Ross Griffin, via the BOI’s Historic Photos fb.
Anyone able to ID the launch? She is rather cute i.e. not a workboat, so chances are someone will recall her, the gent aboard or the boasted.
Update from Hylton Edmonds – who has advised that the photos above originate from the late Coralie Hilton (nee Deeming) Collection via Gavin Bedgegood,  a Deeming relation too.
The new photo below, shows the young school boy (possibly a Deeming?) very proudly standing on what looks to be the same boat, newly launched.
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Stunning Marlborough Sounds Location & Classic Woodys


Stunning Marlborough Sounds Location & Classic Woodys

Todays photo comes to us via Lew Redwoods fb & is of Te Mahia Bay in the Marlborough Sounds. Its tagged C.M. Bay, so possibly they were the photographer.
Captured in the bay is an impressive collection of woodys, hopefully one of our followers with southern roots will be able to ID the craft for us.
The photo was used in a newspaper article (see below) promoting the Te Mahia Bay  holiday resort.
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Mystery Motor-Sailer


Mystery Motor-Sailer

The above photo was sent in by Simon Smith, details are unknown but being such an impressive looking craft, it won’t be long before a woody ID’s her for us.
Update – chat in the comments section between Paul Drake & Harold Kidd around whether she could be Ponui. HDK has advised that he agrees with Paul in that the stem is too plumb for Ponui, but HDK commented that she’s very similar in layout for the time, even to the conning tower in the cabin top. Photo below.

Olivette at Westpark Marina


Olivette at Westpark Marina

My Westpark spotter, John Wicks, sent in the above photo. She looks very familiar to me but I just can’t recall who it is. Must be the blue paint (I like it) – from the condition of the rest of the boat, she looks like she has been ‘saved’.
Any woodys able to ID her? & remind me that the memory is slipping 🙂
Update ex Cameron Pollard – she is called Olivette & in the Pollard fleet. The reason she is familiar to me was I passed her under tow unroute to Westpark, several months ago. I even took photos (below) 🙂
Harold Kidd Input – She was originally called ARK ROYAL and owned by Charles Blackburn of Egremont St Takapuna c1950. He sold to Jim McCauley of Kawerau St Devonport c1955. RM & GW Best owned her some time around 1960 but I don’t know when in the chronology. Her recent owner bought her c2003 and he renamed her OLIVETTE after his wife. Possibly Shipbuilders?