Category: Boating history

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NZ Antique and Classic Boat Show

NZ Antique and Classic Boat Show

The event – held at Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park in early March – drew 110 entries and several hundred spectators. Beattieful is named after the original builder and is owned by Porirua’s Graeme Dutch who says it was used in the Pelorus Sound from 1961-2002, in Kaiapoi from 2002-07, and is...

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Lloyds Register – The Book of Ships

Lloyds Register – The Book of Ships

Today, thanks to WiFi and the Internet, conducting business in a café is commonplace. But it’s not a new phenomenon: men were doing similar things in 17th century London when they visited coffee houses to discuss ships and shipping. One of these coffee houses – founded by Edward Lloyd in London’s Tower Street – became...

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Oskar Speck: the kayaker history forgot

Oskar Speck: the kayaker history forgot

In 1932 Oskar Speck was a 25-year-old electrical contractor trying to make things work in a country in turmoil. Saddled with a crippling war debt aggravated by the global depression, Germany was in a dark space. When his factory was forced to close, the frustrated Speck embarked on a bold plan. He’d heard there were...

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Restoring classics: recovering the DNA

Restoring classics: recovering the DNA

Even though she’s in many pieces and looks a little jaded, Barbarella’s bloodline is obvious. The tumble-home mahogany hull, the flared bow, the classic dashboard and helm, the twin V8s. She’s a thoroughbred Superaquarama Riva – and her beauty will again be resplendent when Marco Scuderi’s finished with her. The owner of MCN Shipwrights Ltd...

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The wind is free

The wind is free

At five-foot-two-inches Frank Wightman was a short bugger. He also happened to be a cable operator, naturalist, archaeologist, hermit and lucky for us, a sailor and a writer. His writing won no awards, nor was he feted in literary circles, but he managed to produce two books which are the most beautifully-written love letters to...

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