Paihia – Bay of Islands

PAIHIA – Bay of Islands
The above photos graced a tourist postcard, unfortunately no reference to a date. But the collection of moored launches will hopefully spark someones memory.

The presence of the Kelly Tarlton ‘floating’ shipwreck museum – Tui will help.

Lady Clare

Lady Clare-3

Lady Clare -2

Lady Clare-1


The above photos of Lady Clare were sent to me by Dean Wright, they date from the 1980’s when Dean was game fishing.

Dean recalls that Lady Clare  was owned at the time by a chap named Peter Clarkson, but his memory may be clouded, it was the 80’s J

In the photos above she’s being skippered by John Batterton & they’re weighing in a Broadbill at Paihia c.1987.

What more do we know about Lady Clare & where is she today?

UPDATE Some historical photos ex Ken Ricketts below – not sure if the varnished coamings are as orginal – but the ones of her with a block of flats on top, show her at Mahurangi a couple of years ago. Read more about her past in the comments section of this post.



Paihia Wharf Launch Hire





Moana (middle)

Paihia Wharf Launch Hire

Photo above of the shed on the wharf at Paihia advertising the various boat rides available, most likely taken in the early > mid 1940’s.
The signs lists Korora, Aroha, Moana for hire. I have photos of Korora & Moana – do not have one of Aroha – any woodys able to help out & also confirm the correct boats/photos?
Photo ex A Turnbull Library