Dawn

DAWN

Daryl Patterson’s email to me started out like a lot of the correspondence WW gets – “This is a very long shot but I’m looking for any information on my great grandfather’s boat, a 30 footer he built himself”
It turns out that Daryl’s GGFather –  William Skinner, was a member of the Whangarei Cruising Club and built Dawn in 1926, there is a good article from the Northern Advocate recording its construction below. The photos above are of Dawn on Whangarei Harbour between 1926 and 1931. Daryl’s family records has the boat being sold in 1934 to another WCC member – Percy J Basley. She disappears from the WCC records a short while later and Basley retired to Waiheke island. 


Daryl would greatly appreciated any intel on the boat from over the last 95 years.

Mystery Launches – 25-09-2017

Unknown_5

MYSTERY LAUNCHES 25-09-2017

A couple of mystery launch questions today. Last year Robin Elliott sent in a collection of photos from the Whangarei Cruising Club Collection, as far as Robin knows, all are from the 1940’s early 1950’s & and were taken by Palmer Photography in Whangarei (1910-1999). Most by the late Graeme Palmer and possibly some older ones by his father.

So woodys who can ID the one above?
Now the photo below – I suspect it is Jason Prew’s My Girl at full chat 😉 but the photo shows only 3 portholes versus the 4 seen in most photos. Jas ?

Unknown_2

Rongotai

Rongotai2

RONGOTAI

Back in early March 2016 we ran a mystery launch quiz on ww, the vessel was Rongotai & the photo was sent to me by Robin Elliott. The photo was from a batch ex the Whangarei Cruising Club collection, & far as Robin knows, all are from the 1940’s early 1950’s & and were  taken by Palmer Photography in Whangarei (1910-1999). Most by the late Graeme Palmer and possibly some older ones by his father.
Harold Kidd told us that she was built for Leslie Walter Waldron (1896-1963).

Over the weekend I was searching for another photo & bingo I found the above one that Robin had also sent me – she is a rather impressive vessel.
Do we know any more about her & what became of her?

Photo below taken last night by Shane Anderson of his classic launch Waimiga in NW Bay Rotoroa Island at sunset, summer is on the way 🙂

Waimiga Aug2016

 

Margaret Joy

Unknown_9

Margaret Joy MYSTERY LAUNCH 02-04-2016
photo ex Robin Elliott

Today’s photo is another that Robin has sent me from a collection of photos from the Whangarei Cruising Club Collection, as far as Robin knows, all are from the 1940’s early 1950’s & and were taken by Palmer Photography in Whangarei (1910-1999). Most by the late Graeme Palmer and possibly some older ones by his father.
The distinctive placement of the porthole window on the cabin sides might help ID her, she also appears to have a good turn of speed.

The Woollacott website http://www.woollacott.org.nz/ lists both a Ghost & a Wolf, the images of Ghost appear to be a smaller vessel. No photos of Wolf.

So woodys who can ID this one? The boat was ID’ed by Nathan Herbert as Margaret Joy

Mondays ww post will be a  trip report from James Dreyer (Laughing Lady) on the Palm Beach International Boat Show, in James words “I have kept the focus on wooden or partially wooden craft, with a little American excess and muscle thrown in for good measure.” – Make sure you check it out.