White Star – Part 2


 

 

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White Star Part 2

(photos from Glenn Martin, words ex Glenn & Ken Ricketts – edited by Alan Houghton)

White Star was originally built by Ken Turner, who built quite a number of boats in Coromandel. Her first owner was Neville Evans of Amodeo Bay & has been moored there on & off for quite a bit of her life & is presently moored there, alongside her sister ship the Dagma, which was built by Ken Turner’s father, Charlie Turner.

Present owner is Paul Baker, who has had her for about 8 years & bought her off Paul Desmond of Tauranga, & had kept her there, as did the precious owner Nigel Pippey. Paul D only had her for a few months, as he bought her, in order to acquire her marina berth.

She was frequently used as a mark boat for many yacht races at Tauranga, as Paul P was a very active member of the local yacht club.

Paul B was living at Waiheke when he bought her & she was initially moored there, but he has now moved to Coromandel..

Her engine was fitted by Strongmans of Coromandel. She is powered by the Gray Marine marinised version, of the GM Detroit 6-71 & at 190 hp., this is the spec of these engines back in the 50s 60s, when they were fitted to many HDMLs, & other pleasure boats in that era, like Linda, Wirihnana & Ruamano etc.

Her name was the result of her log being sawn & milled from the “White Star” mine property, in Coromandel, of that time. Glen, also commented that as a kid he saw White Star moored in Torehina Bay next to their bach at Waitete Bay – 20mins north of Coromandel town.  Glenn is pretty sure White Star was built using a single kauri log milled from the farm of the owner in Colville.

(the launching day & early day photos of White Star are from the original owners & the more recent of her at anchor at Coromandel Harbour, in 2016, are ex Glenn)

Click link to read Part 1 of this story    https://waitematawoodys.com/2017/11/10/1968-bridge-decker/#comment-37747

 

White Star – Part 1


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White Star – Part 1

The above bridgedecker was launched in 1968 & built / designed by Ken Turner. Her measurements are 45.9’ x 12’11” beam & a draft of 4.92′.

In a previous life she was in survey & is built accordingly i.e. 1 1/4” kauri. Power comes from a 190hp GM671 diesel that pushes her along at 8>10 knots. She has massive fuel capacity – 2,400L, so is up for some serious cruising.

Her 4sale listing is very light on details so can we put a name to her & hopefully some insight into her history.

Another Ian McDonald trademe nudge

 

 

 

Maybelle


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photos & details ex Bryce New

Today’s post is an attempt to track down Maybelle, Bryce New’s  grandfather, Harry (Henry) New (ex Coromandel / Kawakawa Bay) old launch.
Maybelle is 36′ & was built c1959/60 by Ken Turner in Coromandel. Ken Turner named her after his grandmother & built her for drag netting. She may have been designed by Dick Laing. Built from heart kauri & powered by a Lees 6 cyl. Ford diesel.

Harry New purchased her from an ‘Evans’ in Coromandel in the late 1960s/early 1970’s & sold her in c1975 to an unknown person. She was moored at Kawakawa Bay before the sale.

Bryce’s parents spotted her anchored in the Bay of Islands in December ’92 but her name had changed.

In the above photo (Jan 1975) of her at Tryphena wharf, the people in the water are – (L>R) Bryce, Lois New (his mother) & sister Jacqui.

Bryce would love to know what has become of Maybelle – anyone able to shed some light on her whereabouts / past?