While mooching around Queen Charlotte Sound, we dropped into the Bay of Many Coves Resort for brunch & a glass of bubbles (see below). The BOMC resort is a rather special spot in a stunning location.
While there the launch Tamoure tied up at the jetty – a brief chat uncovered that she was originally built by Jim Young for his personal use. I’m not normally a big fan of his boats, a tad too modern for me, but this one had a lot going for her.
Do we know anything more about her?
Mooching around Queen Charlotte Sound, we saw some stunning front-front residences, the above photos showcase one of my favourites.
An impressive collection, with a classic motor-salier & numerous water toys.
The stern of Vagabond lists Wellington as her home port – any southern woodys able to enlighten us on her provenance ?
The above photo of Tautane was sent to me by her owner Clare Robinson, Clare is hoping that we can uncover more on her past.
What we know is that she is a Miller & Tunnage, completed in 1945 or 1946, operated as fishing vessel for a time and then was purchased by the Napier Harbour Board as their pilot boat and renamed Tautane. Sometime during her tenure there, a Detroit 6-71 manufactured in 1963 was fitted to replace a lower power Gardner.
She was purchased by Colin Davenport in about 1993 and was used to ferry guests out to Endeavour Inlet in Queen Charlotte Sound and for day fishing and diving charters. Colin added the canopy.
Clare bought her in June 2017 and is in the process of converting her to a live-a-board.
The photo shows Tautane as she is currently, sitting at Picton wharf next to the ferry terminal in May 2017. Clare has advised the boat is now named – Serenity.
Do we have any more information on? Russell W you must be able to help?
Input from Russell Ward – below are two photos of the ship one as originally launched – Centaurus and the other being used as she should be. More details in the ww Comments Section.
Photos taken by Bruce Yarnton on a recent trip in Queen Charlotte Sound
Harold Kidd Update
Potted history; she was built by Bailey & Lowe in December 1919 for J A Holloway of Stanley Point but not to look like this. She had a 55hp Sterling. Holloway sold to Louis Nathan in 1922. She passed through several owners then was owned by A J Long of Days Bay at the outbreak of WW2. She was with NAPS in Wellington 1942-3. Frank Stoks the current owner of Eastbourne made the above mods to her.