BOATING HISTORY

Dumas in New Zealand

Dumas in New Zealand

There have been many solo ocean passages and circumnavigations, but few as challenging in concept and timing as that of Argentinian Vito Dumas in his ketch Lehg II.

The steeple-chaser

The steeple-chaser

This is a tale with three players – R.J. Scott, the yacht Yvonne, and the mole at the entrance to Otago Harbour.

Tasmanian salvation: Te Rapunga

Tasmanian salvation: Te Rapunga

Built in the early 1920s in Germany, the iconic 32-foot double-ended ketch Te Rapunga is enjoying a complete restoration by Tasmanian wooden boat specialist Denman Marine. She will return to her natural element in time for the island’s Wooden Boat Festival in February next year.

Austin Powered

Austin Powered

Low, sleek and powerful, an Austin-Healey sports car is a rare classic – prized by collectors all over the world. But rarer still – particularly in New Zealand – is a Healey boat, manufactured by the same legendary, speed-obsessed engineer some 65 years ago.

The Hewsons part 2: The Jagger brothers  & John Burns

The Hewsons part 2: The Jagger brothers & John Burns

When Capt. John Carrick Hewson was drowned off his steamer Waitoa at Clevedon in 1896, his wife Ellen was left with eight children aged between 2 and 17 – four sons and four daughters. She was also expecting another. The eldest son, Arthur was already working for the new owners of Waitoa, Jagger and Parker.

Saving uWHILNA

Saving uWHILNA

An 18m 110-year old yawl lying in Wellington’s Mana Marina is a rare, surviving example of the work of her American designer – Charles Drown Mower. Her age and life story make her a definite candidate for restoration, but she needs plenty of help.