The launch Msuire was built by W.G. Lowe in Auckland and that folks is all we know about her.Given that very cool canoe stern, someone must know what became of her post launch day. (photos ex Auckland Libraries Heritage Collection)

UPDATE: Nathan Nerbert reminded me Msuire resides these days at the Thames marina.

Input from Martin Howson – (from June 2018 ww )This boat is the M’sieur and was owned by Horrie Mau who lived on the sea front at Bucklands. She was built by Bailey and Lowe and prior to moving North was based in Wellington. After her time at Bucklands she went to Thames and as far as I know she is still there in the mud berths. She was a fine sea boat and had a set of sails as useful alternative in the event of engine failure which happened on at least one ocasion. Mr Mau was not familiar with the Gulf and asked my father in law how to get to Kawau Island ,the instructions were not fully understood because he ended up at Little Barrier instead and could not find Bon Accord Harbour dispite circumnavigating Little Barrier a number of times, he was however a very fine fisherman.

A Face To The Name

We have featured a lot of W. G Lowe woodys of late so its probably appropriate to run a photo of the man himself – very dapper. William George Lowe – died 14 June 1935, aged 68.


My wife Sue and I have owned her since 1988. She was built in 1952 by W B Lowe and Son Ltd in Beaumont Street Auckland for a sheep farmer in Marton – William Dudley Willis. He had a property in Marlborough and she made trips across Cook Strait to this property. I think she had a mooring at Paremata. She is a registered ship No. 191808 and Msuire is Swahili for “This is very good”  according to a note in the original registry document. Msuire originally had a 4 cylinder Thornycroft R, T, R, 4 engine and now has a 4 cylinder Ford of about 70HP. She is 9.75m length, 3.14m breadth and draws 1.26m. She originally had a mast and had a heavy canvas steadying sail but no mast at present. We have enjoyed holidays with our three children to Great Barrier,  Waiheke, Kawau, and the Mercury islands and she has been a safe and reliable ship. She usually sits on a mud berth in Thames but at present is on a mooring near Hannafords wharf Coromandel harbour. About 5 years a German film crew doing a documentary on the Hauraki  Gulf were intrigued with the mud berths in Thames and in their film of about 45minutes there is a 5minute section on Msuire trying to venture off the mud – the link to this documentary is:

Te Rata


More photos from the Auckland Libraries Heritage Collection, this time it is the launch – Te Rata built by W.G Lowe & Son’s, Auckland.

In the launch day photo we see Bob Adams, Tom Blackie and Jean Dickenson. An axe is being used to break a bottle across the bow.
A very smart looking launch, so as always – what became of her?

Daisy Belle

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Daisy Belle - Putaruru  May 2016


Ian McDonald sent me the above photos of the Daisy Belle, the b/w photo was taken by Ian c.1980 at Arid Island. The colour photo is her today (May2016) hauled out at Putaruru, uncovered & rotting away. Her owner is supposedly going to restore her – he better start soon or she will be lost.

Can any of the woodys supply more details on the vessel? I’m thinking the ww followers that belong to the ‘The Workboat Study Group’ must know of her & her past.

Yesterdays story on Max Carter & his boats, received the viewing numbers the man desired, highest in the last 2 months. Very proud that waitematawoodys could showcase his work & record it for future generations to enjoy. Special thanks must go to Chris McMullen for his efforts in securing the material, all too often our maritime history is lost.

A friend of mine, Ray Oxenham, sent me the video link below, what a great idea, perfect for somewhere like Waiheke Island 😉

Input from Harold Kidd
DAISY BELLE was built by W.G. Lowe & Sons in 1940 for Vella and Bronlund and had a new 88hp Kelvin. She hit Spray Rock c1970, was bought as a hulk and rebuilt by Baileys. In 2002 she was owned in the Bay of Islands by Darien Boswell with a Gardner 8L3.

DAISY BELLE was apparently fishing throughout the war owned by Peter Bronlund and S. Vella and was part of the Auckland Seine Boat Association. She was considered for war work on 9th June 1942, examination work at Fiji, which the similar craft ZUYDER ZEE and KAIWAKA later did. I really doubt if she did any war service anywhere.
Registered as AK62 she was entitled to pass the Auckland boom defence without examination, but as a fishing boat.

Input from Ian McDonald
Daisy was originally a trawler pre-war and Darien Boswell (Boz) found her derelict on piles at Beachaven ? & after purchase, set about restoring her. I think Boz told me that she also did service during the war on the harbour defence booms. She has a Gardner 8L3B he got from either Ernie Seager or Shorty Sefton.

Input from Bruce Pullman
The extract below on Daisy Belle is from a book called ‘High Tide’ by Bernard Rhodes (photos by Brian Moorhead). Bernard Rhodes is a boat builder on Waiheke.

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 Input from Wayne Mason
The photos below were taken last week when Wayne spotted the Daisy Belle driving from Taupo . The nearby neighbour in Putaruru says she is owned by a Dutchman who was renting a mooring in Tauranga but thought on the hard  would save him some money . He’s planning on restoring or rebuilding .

Input from Stuart Johnson

Stuart sent me the photo below that he believes is of ‘Daisy Bell’ (AK24) which didn’t quite make the wharf in Mansion House on he believes Anniversary Day 1959. From memory ( Stuarts 91) the crew managed to get ashore and find their way to the ‘Snake Pit’ whilst they waited for the returning tide.
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03-08-2016 update  ex Barry Davis

Below is a very low res photo of Daisy Belle taken in July 1974 before conversion to a pleasure craft. Interesting to note that the forward port holes have been sealed.

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09-08-2016 Photo below ex Baden Pascoe

Daisy Belle in Flight

31-08-2016 Input from Ian McDonald – Correction to comment that she is owned by a Dutchman.  The owner is not Dutch, is from Tokoroa  & known to me personally, and it was me who put him in touch with Darien when he purchased her.

Below is a photo taken from the helm, of  Rex McDonald on the foredeck circa 1983
Rex McDonald on Daisy Belle

03-09-2016 Update  –  3 pic’s below emailed to me by Ian McDonald that Rex McDonald took about a week before she was lifted out in Tauranga & taken to Putaruru.

16-07-2020 Input from Stephen Green – refer below the undated newspaper clipping below regarding the Daisy Belle.
His father, John Green was on the USSCo Katui in the early 1960’s.
17-07-2020 Input from Nathan Herbert – Daisy Belle also went aground on the point at Hobbs Bay very much high and dry in the early days. Photo below.

17-01-2023 UPDATE ex Paul Drake – “I saw her for the first time a few days ago, in Putaruru. She was spotted by my passenger, who was visiting from overseas, as we passed through town heading north from Taupo. Top marks to him. Checking WW the last photo appears to be 2016. I am surprised that she still exists, but clearly there is no hope. Note the anchor, ready for letting go. Also, nice mast.