Wooden Boats On The Hokianga – Waima and Spray

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Wooden Boats On The Hokianga – Waima and Spray


I received today’s photos recently from Ngaire Slade, her father was Dick (Henry Richards) Slade. Ngaire commented that she wished that she had learnt more of the histories of the boats that had been the main transport modes in the Hokianga. The Waima was a boat that Dick owned until sold in the 1980s and retired. Waima then went over to the East Coast and Ngaire understands it was left for years in the Manukau Harbour till removed and left to decay and disrepair, unfortunately placed in a yard somewhere unknown. It was originally brought from the Subritzky family. 

Dick for many years carried the college kids to Rawene High School and did the Cream Run as well before the Dairy was closed. He also carried out the Mail Run on the Hokianga Harbour. In those days, the boats could reach the Mungamuka bridge and up to the Taheke bridge. In the last photo of Waima we see Harry Slade father of Dick and grandad to Ngaire taking a car from Kohukohu to Rawene.


The 2nd set of photos – we see the launch – Spray, owned by Harry Slade. Ngaire mentioned that there was a Sierra and Tupuwai that were other prominent boats in her family. In some of the photos we see a pet seal that mooched around for several years. In one photo the seal is watching Harry as he is cleaning some launches. Ngaire commented the seal wasn’t the friendliest and would try and bite the odd person who he disliked. She remembers her father saying he was a foul rascal as he dirtied the boat all the time.

Below we see Dick scratching Opo the dolphin with a mop, she would follow him out to the heads when he would go fishing and come up to Rawene. 

Mystery Launch – could the below be Sierra or Tupuwai?

Classic Woody Weekend At Patio Bay – 60+ Classic Wooden Boat Photos

The Big Winner On The Day – the Duder Family on Spray – 1st Across the Line
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Classic Woody Weekend At Patio Bay – 60+ Classic Wooden Boat Photos


As you will have come to expect, the first weekend in December sees the CYA hosting the annual Patio Bay weekend, for some reason in recent years its morphed into a potpourri of events – these days its – the CYA Xmas party, a cake competition, a motor boat poker rally and what it always was – a yacht race down to the bay for a old school waterfront BBQ. A little busy these days but it seems to work 🙂

This year was the first visit since the ownership of the property changed hands from the Woolicott family (100+ years) to Mike Mahoney. It was comforting to hear Mike talk of their feature plans that include continuing the event.


New to the programme this year was a poker run rally for the CYA launches. Skippers collect a playing card from 5 collection on route and then play a round of poker ashore to determine the winner. The event was sponsored by The Slipway Milford. Winners below:

First Across The Line – Gay Dawn – Mark & Pricilla MacDuff – Burnsco voucher + wine

Poker Run Winner- Kumi – Hayden & Linda Afford – COMPLIMENTARY SLIPWAY MILFORD HAULOUT + 4L ANTIFOUL PAINT + WW T-SHIRT

Biggest Oops (involuntary swim) – Lucinda – Jason Davies – WW T-shirt

Shoddy Boat Handling Skills – Lucille – Alan Good (wife name withheld as she was innocent) WW T-shirt
A great time was had by all and special thanks must go to everyone that helps pull the weekend together. To me it always signals the start of summer boating.

Yacht Race Results https://classicyacht.org.nz/patio-bay-mark-foy-race-results-2020/


Mahurangi Cruising Club Year Book

Most WW readers will be very familiar with the annual Mahurangi Regatta – the biggest gathering of wooden boats in NZ. The MCC also put together a year book that is a one of the best boating reads each year and perfect for on the boat over xmas. So woodys, if your looking for a self present (always the best) or being asked what you want from the kids – at $20 for 108 pages it’s a steal.

Pre-order a copy here  ngairehopwood@gmail.com Or pick up a copy in store or on-line at BoatBooks

Spray

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SPRAY

The above photos of Spray come to us from Lew Redwood’s facebook.

The only info we have is they were tagged Nelson Harbour. Her name board appears to have more than just ‘Spray’ on it, but its too hard to read

Can anyone supply more info on her?

Harold Kidd Update – This SPRAY was built c1903 by Robert Logan Sr for G.W. Kinzett of Nelson. Her dimensions were 32′ oa, 6ft 6ins beam and she had a 7hp White engine. Probably Kinzett was the local agent for Whites which were also popular in Wellington.She came ashore and was badly damaged in March 1904. Fortunately her engine was out being overhauled at Anchor Foundry. She was sold by auction where she lay at Tahuna Beach. After repair she was used for pleasure purposes but went fishing in the area after 1911.

That’s probably her NN fishing boat number.

19-06-2018 Update ex Dick Hall – Built by Ernie Lane. Altered with foc’sle head and re-named Minetta-K by Andrew Hope who owned & fished her from Nelson in the 1960′ & 1970’s. Sold to Napier later and re-named Sarah-M. Trawled from there but understand she fell into dis-repair in later years and was broken up.

AH – Confusion around builder  – Logan or Lane ??

 

Bay of Islands Tall Ships – Sailing Sunday

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Bay of Islands Tall Ships – Sailing Sunday

The above photos ex Dean Wright were taken during the 2012 Bay of Islands Tall Ships Race & show Spray sailing in a rather big swell. Love the rigging only one, Dean is a professional photographer & his talent shows in these photos.

On a sadder note, below is a selection of photos that Dean took during the same race, that show the magnificent American yacht – Nina, that was later to disappear in the Tasman on route to Australia without a trace.

Below is a link to Stuff website, that has a tragic story on the 19-year-old American teenager – Danielle Wright who was crewing on Nina when the yacht varnished.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/69870474/The-mystery-of-the-missing-Nina

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