Lieutenant Home Kidston and his toys PART 2

When he first arrived in Auckland on August 2, 1933 to join HMS Diomede the Auckland Star called Sub-Lieutenant Home (pronounced Hume by…

Gybe-O; The storms and sun rays of my days

D. Ault Salt closed his eyes, tugged his grey beard, and thought: Life is good.

Lieutenant Kidston RN of HMS Diomede and his toys

Fresh from Eton and straight from the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth, Lieutenant Home Reginald Arthur Kidston joined HMS Diomede on the…

THE SANDERSON BROTHERS; Truant and the rise of Manola

The Sanderson brothers; Frank Sanderson was the victor of the match race on the Waitematā on December 9, 1882 for a cup between his…

The Sanderson Brothers; The loss of Truant, the Logan Alert

I left the Sanderson brothers in the winter of 1885. Frank put the half-decked centre-boarder Truant on the market. Fred had moved up to…

The Sanderson Brothers; Yachting in St. George’s Bay in the 1880s

Two brothers, Frank (Francis Joseph) and Fred (Frederick William) Sanderson, played a big part in yachting in St. George’s Bay and Judges’…

Tenetahi; Part 1 – The wreck of Rangatira

In the second half of the 19th century a large part of New Zealand’s coastal trade was in Maori-owned vessels.

Early West Coast Yachting: Alert

By the early years of the 20th century the coal ports, Westport and Greymouth, had developed an active yachting scene which grew out of…

L. Francis Herreshoff’s Rozinante

The family name Herreshoff was undoubtedly the most resonant internationally in the period 1870 to 1950 as yacht designers. The Scottish…

Bill Couldrey Part 7: The bright, new, post-war years

The outbreak of peace in 1945 brought fresh opportunities for New Zealanders as, bit by bit, life – and yachting – gradually returned to…

Bill Couldrey Part 6: World War II

Under the shadow of likely war with Germany on the other side of the globe, 1939 was a very full year for Bill Couldrey’s yard.

Bill Couldrey Part 5: The big year, 1939

1939 was a big year for New Zealand yachting. Mr. Depression was well on the run.