Jeunesse Awaits A Letter From the Queen
John Wright’s woody – Jeunesse, built in 1919 (most likely) by Dick Lang has hit the ton, she turns 100 this year and John is in the process of giving her a wee tart up, which any old girl of this age deserves.
John is a master craftsman’s who has the eye and skills to turn a woody from a good looking woody launch into a stunning classic launch.
Jeunesse measures 39’, with a beam of 11’ and draws 3’. Tucked away down below is a 180hp Hino so when asked she can lift her skirt and dance 😊
You can view a gallery of b/w photos from her early days here https://waitematawoodys.com/2013/11/30/jeunesse-2/
MY GIRL and PACIFIC Relaunched – 60+ Wooden Boat Photos
Below Photos c1977
Miss Brett Needs A New Woody Owner
“Regrettably I realistically need to put MV Miss Brett up for sale. I am very aware of her historical significance and have been her owner … caretaker really since September 2015. I would hope in an ideal world that someone capable of enjoying her as we have and enjoys the maintenance (as I do) might be interested in her.
The top photo above is a recent photo taken last month & shows Miss Brett moored on her own mooring in Kororareka Bay (Russell) Bay of Islands.”
Interested parties can contact Donna for more details, she has had an impressive amount of work done in the last few years – via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
My Girl Update
Jason Prew has been burning the midnight oil in his boat shed (shelter) – end result My Girl is getting very close to splashing. See a snap shot below, to view / read more check out his blog
Jason – see below – based on the Ken Ricketts theory of boat naming – you should sue 🙂
Update 14-10-2018 The bling is starting to be added. Nice paint job, but you get that when you glass 😉
Update 25-10-2018 Comparison photo below, an amazing job done by Jason, and given he is not short, a big sacrifice in head-room 🙂
02-11-2018 Update – My Girl looking very close to a splash, anti-fouling on, the blue looking a lot smarter than the black 🙂
DICK LANG BOATS – Lady Jane
I was recently contacted by Keith Brady whose grandmother, Lettie Lang (Kennerley) was married to Dick Lang. Keith experienced Dick’s boats as a child during the summer holidays & he is interested in the boats Dick Lang built over time, wanting to get a sense of the scale of his operation and type of boats he built.
I think I know the answer (no) but Keith was wondering whether there is a repository for details of Dicks boats or records of the boats he may have built. He is also interested in any photographs of other boats build by Dick and of his boat shed used to build these great vessels.
Keith sent me two photos, the one above is of Lady Jane which was the vessel he himself experienced time on. Do we know what happened to her?. The other photo, below, is a different vessel, which Keith has not been able to identify. Can any woodys help out?
16-02-2018 Input from Baden Pascoe
In the yard photos below (ex Glen & Merv Strongman) Baden does not knew the boats name, but it’s obviously a hard chine launch. Baden thinks the date would be in the 1950’s & one of three boats Dick built at Coromandel.
The only work boats that he can think of are Roa 1927 and Giorgina 1939
Baden encourages someone to start a time line – as a start, Baden has supplied the below.
Awhitu 1925? Was on the Manukau most of its life (pictured below)
Tawa, upper harbour passenger launch.
Eunice and Patsy, 1921 ,towing launches ( in Harold & Robins book page 77)
Miss Brett, Fullers and later Salvation Army
Tasman Star, 1935 fishing boat (still existing)
16-02-2018 Input from Bruce Pullman
Bruce received the two photos below from Bob Wichman. One is of Awhitu when on the Manukau, the other is as reconfigured and name change to Inverness in 1993. Inverness is still sitting in the mud at Thames, condition is quite sad.