Mahurangi Regatta 2006
Off Devonport Wharf
Mahurangi Regatta 2007 – Glyn Bird (L) & Romo (Traveler,Jean Gordon) built by Joe Fell 1904
Oct 2005 – thru wreck of Rewa
photos from Russell Ward, Dean Wright,Baden Pascoe,trademe
details from Russell Ward,Baden Pascoe,Ken Ricketts
Built 1909 by Ernie Lane, 54ft long.
Was owned by Parry Bros the tug & scoria people for many years, from the 1930s through till at least the 1972-73.
She is most likely still powered by a 1956, 150h.p., 8 cyl in line, 8L3 Gardner diesel.
She was originally used for a good number of years as the “rubbish boat” by Parrys, collecting & disposing at sea of rubbish from visiting overseas & coastal ships to the Port of Auckland. She was later converted to a tug in the 1950s & used extensively for towing shingle barges from Kaiawa to Auckland, ferrying shingle from the quarry there.
She was converted to a tug by R Lidgard, who also replaced the original little wheelhouse with a larger replacement in the 1950s, now missing (refer below).
She was eventually laid up at Herald Island for quite a period & eventually sold by Parrys, & was sold either by them, or by others in-between, to Russell Ward, who used her for pleasure use.
In Russell’s words “I salvaged her from Herald Island on a stormy night and got her to Westpark where she was slipped and major hull repairs done. I then did a walking refurbishment over about 8 years but it was not a restoration”. Russell had a long love affair with her that ended about three years ago (2010) when he sold her to a Nelson fisherman. During this period she caught fire (wheelhouse) on the hard at Tarakohe.
Glyn Bird has now ended up in the B.O.I. & is for sale on trademe.