Now the above photo has been sitting in my files for a little while and with all the varnish boys waking up at anchor in Patio Bay, with a dull head, post the CYA party, today could be a good day to get some help from the Work Boat woodys.
The photo of Oleo was sent in by Ray Morey, ex Dave Stanaway, showing her on the hard at Awanui earlier this year – can we learn more about her?
Harold Kidd Input – OLEO was built for R H Harnett of Whangarei by Tyler & Harvey in December 1910. Her original engine was a 20hp Union.
R H Harnett lived at Parua Bay and was a trader on the harbour. He sold OLEO to R B S Hogwood in 1915 and owned MOERANGI for passenger and mail work from 1912 until he died in 1936.
The photo above came to me as part of a selection of sailing photos, sent in by Mike McGehan. Nothing spectacular about the photo but its a good segue to remind you all to put a circle in the diary for Monday 9th December for the launch of Jenni Mence’s book named, no prizes here, K-Class.
Invitation below – but please if you are attending, to help with catering – RSVP to Jenni at firstname.lastname@example.org
BETTY (Achernar) photo & details ex Betty Black (Stewart)
Today’s post is an example of what makes ww so special & motivates me to keep doing it. I received the email below last week.
“Dear Alan My son in Sydney was browsing on the internet presumably looking up about his grandfather Bob Stewart, when he came across your blog about Achernar. I was most interested to read this as I had no idea what had become of the launch “Betty”. It was requisitioned by the Americans during the war. My grandfather died in 1943 and my father became the owner. He got it back after the war in an appalling condition. I remember him saying there was oil all through the bilge. We had a number of family holidays on it until the yacht Helen* was built. The photo was taken by me in 1947 (on a Box Brownie camera). Kind regards Betty Black (Stewart)”