What Became of Ngaro (Apache)

What Became of Ngaro (Apache)

Woody Paul Drake, sent in the above photo of the launch Ngaro, formerly named Apache. In the photo we see her on Lake Taupo in the 1950’s. Paul was wondering if anyone knows where she is now. She was at Taupo for quite a long time but has also been gone for quite a long time (slightly Irish statement).
Paul believes that she could be a Lidgard and is 28’ in length.

The boat sheds in the photo lasted until 1963. The Drake launch – East Wind occupied the last shed on the left and seventy years later still occupies a berth in the same spot. Their other launch – Sir Francis, occupied the shed seventh from the left and now occupies the berth next to East Wind – view both boats below :

EAST WIND https://waitematawoodys.com/2018/06/27/lake-taupo-wooden-boats/

SIR FRANCIS https://waitematawoodys.com/2019/07/15/sir-francis-relaunched-john-street-video-series-part-one/


I wonder if anyone in the last 4 weeks has grown some gonads and will front the elephant in the room e.g. clarification of the 40 berth Heritage Basin sub-committees intent i.e. will the classic vessels berthed there be a true representation of the CYA’s Classic Yacht Policy, as per the constitution – “New Zealand or foreign designed yachts, launches, dinghies, boats, vessels of all sizes, description, ages, whether powered by wind, steam, combustion or otherwise’. OR woodys – a parking lot for what I understand the sub-committee openly refers to as ’The Heritage Sailing Fleet’. Read more by clicking the Tui banner above.

The original conceptual sketch*, below, of the CYA’s current marina (Heritage Landing) certainty portrayed a fair mix of craft 🙂 *david barker

Apache + Superb WoodenBoat Video



I was sent the above photos of the launch Apache by Bryce Strong. Apache has made numerous cameo appearances on WW but very little is known about her other than – being built in Te Papapa in 1939.
Bryce found the photos yesterday while sorting old photos, as you do when locked down. Bryce commented that the colour photo shows Apache with the dodger on and a steering wheel in the cockpit. The b/w photo shows her without the dodger, probably early in her life. 
We believe that Apache these days resides in Thames – any woody able to expand on what we know about Apache?
02-09-2020 Input from Bryce Strong – Bryce uncovered the photos below of Apache during a CV-19 clean up
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Below is a very cool video where Matt Murphy the editor of WoodenBoat magazine has a conversation with Evelyn Ansel, Matt’s words :-). I won’t spoil the story but Evelyn is wooden boating blue blood, with both her father and late grandfather being at the forefront of the wooden boat movement in the USA. I first discovered Evelyn when she fronted a fb video on a project herself and a small team were working, the digitization of the Haffenreffer- Herreshoff collection at the MIT Museum of Cambridge, MA in 2016. Evelyn is currently on the curatorial team at the Herreshoff Marine Museum of Bristol, RI.
Make a cup of tea / coffee, then sit back and enjoy this insightful and entertaining video. It was recorded yesterday so is very current. Now I know its not being PC but I have to say that Evelyn is rather cute 🙂

Thames Mud Spa For Old Ladies

Thames Mud Spa For Old Ladies

Now I have friends with boats in Milford Marina who moan about the mud & that the ‘creek’ does not get dredged enough. A trip to Thames at low tide would silence them for a while 🙂

These photos were taken by Nathan Herbert on a recent trip south of the border.

Lady Dianna is looking in need a some TLC. Click the link to view more on Lady D here https://waitematawoodys.com/2014/04/23/lady-dianna/comment-page-1/#comment-15704

Update 15/11/2014 – Our roving boat spotter Nathan suspects the b/w photo below may be Okataina thats featured above in the mud with the rather large block of flats on top. In Nathan’s eyes the portholes, tram top snd dodger are identical. I’ll let you decide.


APACHE Had a 90 hp Chrysler Crown petrol engine, amateur built, in Captain Springs Rd Te Papapa in 1939, by the original owner, circa 1949 in Islington Bay, owned by Harold Parkinson a monumental mason of Symonds St Auck City.

text & photos by Ken Ricketts

Update 10/04/13 –  Harold Parkinson bought Orari II after selling Apache. A very nice boat and a bit unusual being such a large sedan launch. Most boats that size tended to be bridge deckers.