JOHN STREET – ONE MAN’S TREASURES VIDEO SERIES

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JOHN STREET – ONE MAN’S TREASURES VIDEO SERIES

Over the last week each day we have been featuring video footage of John Street’s recent speaking engagement that supported the exhibition – ‘One Man’s Treasures’ at the New Zealand Maritime Museum, MC’ed by Larry Paul. For the overseas readers, John Street was at the helm for over half a century of Auckland’s historic ship chandlery – Fosters. Such was John’s influence on the New Zealand boating and marine scene, that the late Sir Peter Blake tagged John the ‘Waterfront Mafia’. These days John has a mighty passion for preserving New Zealand’s maritime heritage. Videos’ enhanced & edited by Andrew Christie.

There are 6 videos in the series:

  1. Fosters The Beginning
  2. History of The Breeze
  3. The schooner Daring + TV1 documentary
  4. 2012 Americas Cup
  5. The steam crane ship Rapaki
  6. Tug Boat Racing on the Waitemata Harbour

Today I have pulled them all together in one place for ease of finding them in the future and to highlight the series for anyone that missed a day. Enjoy 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1964 Bay of Islands Mystery Event

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1964 Bay of Islands Mystery Event

The above photo is captioned – 1964, Ohio Bay, Rangihoua, Bay of Islands and comes to us via Lew Redwood’s fb.
There is an impressive collection of classic wooden motor-boats in the bay and quite a crowd assembled on the beach / sand dunes watching something to the right (out of screen). Interesting that in the middle of the bay is a commercial boat with passenger looking ashore.
So woodys two tasks today – what’s happening and can we name some of the Woodys?
Oracle Nathan Herbert reckons he can ID most of the launches so lets see how good the rest of us (combined) are 🙂
Input from Simon SmithIn 1814 S Marsden held the first Christian service in NZ here. Thus 1964 would be the 150th celebration of that event. I suggest the photo represents the celebration of that first christmas sermon.
Nathan Herberts List Below
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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.”

 

11-08-2019 Input for Hylton Edmonds
“As promised – photo and story scanned and attached taken from the December 30 1964 issue of the Weekly News of Christmas Day commemoration activities at Oihi Bay.
Fuller’s Kewpie and Knoxie IV (?) in attendance complete with one of their barges acting as a landing platform, and maybe Bay Belle in your photo was awaiting its turn?
Graham (Clifford) might be able to elaborate and confirm, seeing he was there with the Ida as well.
Being too young, my Mother “dragged” my older brother and sister over there, whilst the Old Man and I stayed at home and played with all their presents, hah,  – all things considered,  a great day.”
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JOHN STREET ON FILM – a waitematawoodys exclusive
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Starting on Monday in addition to the daily woody story I will run each day a video from John Street’s recent speaking engagement that supported the exhibition – ‘One Man’s Treasures’ at the New Zealand Maritime Museum. For the overseas readers, John Street was at the helm for over half a century of Auckland’s historic ship chandlery – Fosters. Such was John’s influence on the New Zealand boating and marine scene, that the late Sir Peter Blake tagged John the ‘Waterfront Mafia’. These days John has a mighty passion for preserving New Zealand’s maritime heritage.  :
MONDAY –         Fosters The Beginning
TUESDAY –        History of The Breeze
WEDNESDAY – The schooner Daring
THURSDAY –     Amercias Cup
FRIDAY –            The steam crane ship Rapaki
SATURDAY –      Tug Boat Racing on the Waitemata
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Things I Miss

Things I Miss

I was trolling the internet the other night & discovered that after 400 years (yes 400, its not a typo) the London yacht chandler – Arthur Beale Ltd now has a website, a bit lacking in features but I’m sure it will improve. http://www.arthurbeale.co.uk/
What did hit me was a photo of their shop window (above) & it reminded me of those wonderful windows that used to grace the front of our own Fosters in the city. Now the window contents might not have changed that often but I always looked & when I was a young lad working in the CBD it was a lunch time haunt. Then later when traveling overseas on business I used to hunt out the local yacht chandler outlets & I never found one that came close to Fosters for that total ‘salty’ offering. The crap I bought & in those days I didn’t even own a boat 🙂

I organised a few CYA evenings at Fosters (photos below) which included a guided tour of the building & stock rooms – totally amazing & so glad we did it as thats now gone. But time moves on & the new Westhaven store still stocks the same ‘stuff’.

A personal tale from Merv Stockley. pp: Don Ross on Don’s memories of Fosters. (added 21/09/2014

`Things I Miss’ really struck a cord with Don when you posted it the other day. He remembers Fosters from back in his youth and early yachting days. Don did his Trade at Stewart and Longbottom as a coppersmith and as the `boy’ was a regular at Fosters picking up supplies for
the tradesmen he worked with. Don relates what a wonderful place Fosters was in those days. Depending what you were after you could be taken upstairs to search for it or down into the basement. At that time Don owned a small keeler named `Elvine’ which he sailed around the Gulf. He particularly remembered the pre-WW2 foreman at Fosters, Hector Porter. Don remembers how good Hector was to him whenever he personally needed some fitting for his marine exploits. Unfortunately Hector went off to the War and never came back.
Your post got Don digging around in his special old memories collection and he came up with an Auckland Star newspaper cutting from the 8th August 1942 which announced Hector had been `killed in action’.
I searched in papers past and found this page of the paper.
Auckland Star, Volume LXXIII, Issue 186, 8 August 1942, Page 6.
Thanks to Woodies for your references to paper past. I have learned to search there.
Hopefully Don’s memories are of interest to some of you members. Maybe this should be added to the post `Whats Happening at Fosters’ too.
Thanks again Alan for your forum. It gives Don something new to think about each day as he remembers many of the boats you post.

Merv Stockley. pp: Don Ross.

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