Category: Boating history

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Southern girl – PASTIME PART 1

Southern girl – PASTIME PART 1

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.

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Mason Clipper 23 resto

Mason Clipper 23 resto

Whangamata-based master craftsman Harry Nordberg has resuscitated a 1962 Mason Clipper 23 – giving the 57-year-old dame the cosmetic surgery she needed and deserved, writes Roger Mills. This boat has been restored for a client in Queenstown, and I caught up with Harry just before she was shipped south to her new owner. His involvement...

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Kennedy’s Sea Desk

Kennedy’s Sea Desk

A keen sailor, acquiring Manitou was one of the first things Kennedy did when elected as the 35th President of the United States in 1961, having fallen in love with the 27-tonne, mahogany-hulled yacht. He first saw Manitou at Annapolis while still a senator, earmarking her as a more stylish alternative to the existing presidential yacht...

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Spirit of Manasoo

Spirit of Manasoo

The amazingly intact wreck of the 54m steel steamer, Manasoo, lost in a storm on September 15, 1928, has been located in deep water by an international team of searchers/divers. She’s resting at an unusual angle in Georgian Bay near Owen Sound, Ontario. Built in Glasgow, Scotland in 1888, the Manasoo spent the first 39...

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Remembering the Titanic

Remembering the Titanic

For anyone unaware, Titanic was actually one of threesister ships built for the White Star line – the other two being Olympic (slightly older) and Britannic (the youngest). Representing the bows of these gigantic liners, the museum is an angular, imposing edifice, its aluminium-clad exterior gleaming in the sunlight. And though the museum’s architectural design...

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Divine intervention

Divine intervention

Students of WWll will know that the term ‘kamikaze’ relates to a band of suicidal Japanese pilots who flew their explosives-laden planes into US Navy ships in a bid to thwart the Allies’ advance in the Pacific. It’s estimated around 3,800 kamikaze pilots died during the war, their attacks killing more than 7,000 American sailors. Somewhat oddly,...

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The Sound of tranquillity

The Sound of tranquillity

First – a confession. I like to think I’ve sailed extensively in the Marlborough Sounds. That’s only half-true. In reality – I’ve sailed within the Queen Charlotte Sound. And there’s no denying its majesty and appeal – breathtaking scenery, idyllic anchorages, great fishing, fun restaurants, exceptional wine. But the ‘Sounds experience’ changed for me earlier...

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Rudder Cup rerun

Rudder Cup rerun

In 1908 the editor of the American yachting magazine Rudder donated several trophies to yacht clubs around the world for offshore racing. Two came to New Zealand, one to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and one to Otago Yacht Club. The RNZYS decided to run a night race for motorboats on December 12, 1908,...

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Replica Riva Aquarama

Replica Riva Aquarama

Brigitte Bardot had one. So did Sophia Loren. As did Richard Burton, Peter Sellers, Prince Rainier and Aristotle Onassis. In fact, the gleaming mahogany vessels with their distinctive, flared bows, tumblehome hulls and unfettered V8 power became an icon for the planet’s glamour set in the 1960s and 70s. To be taken seriously on the...

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