Yachtsman heroes of the Spanish Flu: Doctor Robert Haldane Makgill, Part 1.
It’s a grim fact that the current Covid-19 epidemic is just the latest in the waves of pandemics that have swept through humanity regularly since recorded time. We forget quickly!
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.
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.
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.
The London-born Freyberg boys grew up in the hills of Wellington as thorough Kiwi lads, dare-devils with imposing physical stature and skills.
The Freyberg brothers had an overdose of daring in their DNA. They were all six-footers and strode through their lives, seemingly oblivious to danger.
A second instalment about the maritime legacy that was the Swales family – and in this one the focus shifts to their launches.
New Zealand’s early 20th century sawmillers were a nomadic lot, and often devised unusual solutions to accommodate their lifestyles.
A new exhibition at the New Zealand Maritime Museum celebrates the man behind the historic Fosters ship chandlery and one...
Pastime is one of the few South Island 19th century yachts to have survived in anything like her original form. She was built at Lyttelton by Malcolm Miller in 1886 and is now well into an exciting authentic restoration.