A diversion

Sean Garwood, a Nelson-based artist, presently has a New Zealand maritime-themed exhibition — “A Painted Voyage” — at Parnell’s Jonathan Grant Gallery. It includes a representation of the Bailey Boatyard at Auckland’s Freemans Bay …

… and of Charles Bailey Sr’s 1893 masterpiece, Viking, coming around the Waitemata Harbour’s North Head in a staunch north-westerly, leaving Rangitoto behind. On the bow of the Logan launch, Doreen, is depicted marine photographer, Henry Winkelmann.

The actual photograph may be this (sailorly decorum dousing extras):

And the Auckland Star’s 23 December 1893 account of Viking’s build:

She is a very handsome looking little vessel lying in the water, and unless appearances are very deceptive will make an excellent sea boat. There is a pretty schooner bow, and a long overhanging counter and gold scroll work and encircling bands, admirably relieve the white painted sides. So far as details are concerned, the timber used was kauri, with pohutakawa knees and floors, and an iron bark stem and rudder post. She is diagonally built of three thicknesses, and is copper fastened throughout and coppered. She is 46 feet on the water line, 67 feet over all, 12 foot beam, and draws about 9 feet of water. The deck fittings are of teak, and below some beautifully mottled kauri has been used as panels with rimu and kahikatea. There is a forecastle fitted up with a host of most ingenious contrivances, saloon with lockers, drawers, a wine press, a library, and folding berths equal to accommodating 8 persons comfortably. The cushions are of crimson velvet, and the ceiling is painted white and relieved with gold. There is a ladies’ cabin aft with two berths and innumerable drawers, besides which a lavatory and all other conveniences have not been neglected. The yacht is fitted with a mast 34 feet from deck to hounds, or 50 feet full length, and a topmast 26 feet. The boom is 45 feet long, and the gaff 30 feet. The bowsprit projects 16 feet from the stern. For ordinary cruising, the Viking will be rigged as a yawl, and for racing as a cutter. Naturally she will have an immense spread of canvas. The spars are of Oregon pine, and only brass and galvanised iron materials have been used. A neat windlass forward will be found very handy, and altogether it will be difficult to find a superior to the Viking among the sailing crafts this side of the Line.

On the way to that, I came across the New Zealand Geographic’s fabulously illustrated Jan 2000 “Grace Under Sail”. It’s worth a read.

A breather

Tom Bertenshaw’s dimensions for additional ballast moulds, if Bruce Askew’s weight calculation, rather than his ballast design, turns out to be determinative.
Otherwise, just waiting on the rigger and rigging.

Tinkering 2

Bits and pieces


We’re marking time now, waiting for the end of COVID-19 lockdown (or essential travel permits) to enable out-of-Auckland rigger to attend with rigging.

Chainplates, and other tinkering

Original chainplates, painted and polished.

Mast shown is just a stump, for visualisation.

The real mast …

Then there’s the topsail spars, of cedar (ballooner pole to come).

The rudderstock cap has been engraved …

Stops to be fabricated, to prevent winch socket spinning into the booby hatch sides.

Brass navigation lights acquired.

Meanwhile, Rogue’s restoration gets some publicity, in the Classic Yacht Association’s insert at pages 58-59 in the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s Breeze magazine (Issue 237, Sep-Oct 2021).

Oh, and I came across a photo of the pater familias.

Hallelujah, an inspection tour!

Comments are superfluous, except to observe (re)construction work nearly is done, bar nonskid on deck and a few final bits and pieces.

And some sundry items.

Lockdown 6

At Level 3, things really start to come together.

Reinstated original koru terminating coveline.
Aft coveline termination is Morse Code for R(ogue).

Castings are back from foundry for machining. (Patterns here; drawings here.)

Mainsheet Murray winch bases, cast to fit around cockpit coaming, and spreader
Boom and gaff goosenecks, to be integrated with pinrail on mast

And the interior! Matt Price’s exacting cabinetmaking is absolutely on song.

I’m only slightly traumatised by the need for an antislip finish to the floorboards and companionway steps. Still, better than breaking my back.

Lockdown 5

At Level 3, the hull gets painted, and the cove line’s terminating koru is reinstated.

Meanwhile, lockdown’s malaise contributed another photo (thanks Pamela Cundy and the Whangateau Traditional Boating Club) of what appears to be a bleak oil-skinned sailing day from the past in Wellington …

… and a story from the past:

YACHTSMAN’S PERIL. NEARLY ON THE ROCKS. COOK’S STRAIT ADVENTURE. DISABLED NEAR LYALL BAY. WELLINGTON, Tuesday. Captain Cooper, an experienced seaman, who arrived in the Dominion a fortnight or so ago from India and who intended sailing the Muritai, a well-known 32ft. yacht, which he purchased at Picton, had a narrow escape from going on the rocks at Lyall Bay yesterday. With a broken spar, his running gear fouled, and the engine out of working order, he lay from 7 a.m. till 1 p.m. off Houghton Bay with one anchor gone and the cable of the remaining anchor stranding. Capt. Cooper, after purchasing the Muritai at Picton, determined to sail her across the Straits single-handed, being unable to get anyone to go with him. He left on Saturday and got on well enough until he struck the fierce northerly gale. He came abreast the Pencarrow light at midnight on Sunday and being unable to make the harbour owing to the gale, and not knowing the coast, he put in towards Lyall Bay, pulling up off Houghton Bay with the rocks not far off on his lee. In the disabled state of the yacht Captain Cooper’s position was an unenviable one, as very soon one of his anchors carried away. From 7 a.m. he tried to establish communications with the shore by flying distress signals. At 11 a.m. the Lyall Bay Surf Club’s whaleboat put off with a crew and managed to get aboard the Muritai, whose owner was much concerned, as the cable of the remaining anchor was stranding badly. Being unable to attempt the towage of so large a craft, the whaleboat had to return. It got ashore, after several exciting attempts, on a big breaker. Word was sent to Island Bay, and a launch soon afterwards took the Muritai out of trouble.

New Zealand Herald, Volume LX, Issue 18538, 24 October 1923, Page 8