Russel Ward’s Romany (see steam.co.nz). A lovely boat in a fabulous setting
Reader Owen Sinclair has written in with a short report and some stunning photos from the 2011 New Zealand Antique & Classic Boatshow at Lake Rotoiti. His photos appear on this weblog with his permission. Many thanks Owen!
Here’s what he says:
‘Numbers seemed to be down this year, presumably due to the Christchurch earthquake, and perhaps also due to a forecast for heavy rain. But after heavy rain early in the morning the clouds cleared and the day became brilliantly sunny.
‘This whaleboat was built recently by Ron Perano to the lines of a whaleboat built in Tasmania and used for whaling in Cook Strait, and donated to the Canterbury Museum in 1926. I think this was one of the few shore-based whale fisheries in the world. The Perano family was one of several associated with whaling and has many descendants in the area today.
‘Another whaling family was the Guard family, and a Guard was on the whaleboat today. I was offered a row, an entirely new experience. The oars are long, heavy, flexible and pivot between thole pins. Although it was an impromptu crew with half probably aged over 70 the boat moved along really well with six rowers and a man steering with a sweep oar. A wonderful opportunity, greatly enjoyed. Thank you Messrs Perano and Guard.
Romany – see owner Russell Ward’s website: steam.co.nz .
Canoe-yawl built to the lines of Eel, a George Holmes design, by a man from Timaru whose name I unfortunately didn’t get. He has built many boats and it shows.
Hamilton jetboat built about ’73, steam launch, stitch and tape version of Rushton’s Wee Lassie, and a lug yawl designed and built by an Australian boatbuilder. I think this boat and some detail of the builder was posted recently on Dave Perillo’s website: openboat.co.nz .
The yellow boat in this shot is a John Welsford Whaler, built and sailed by Peter Murton.
Trailer built in Oregon pine, otherwise known as Douglas fir. I didn’t see what it carries. Nice work!
Pipedream, built in England.
3 thoughts on “Rotoiti 2011 photos by Owen Sinclair”
For the longest time in whale fishing it was shore based. There are lots of derelict whaling stations along Europe's coasts. Starting from Norway, on Iceland, Scotland, down to the Canary Islands. With the extinction of the (European) inshore whale population and the possibilities the steam engine offered and the demands of the market whale fishing turned to the high seas. The result is well known.
Thought the purpose is not really something to be happy about(though in their time how could people know better?) the boat is a smash. Absolutely lovely. And the steamboat is an eyecatcher!
Tim Severin's book In Search of Moby Dick is well worth reading – they certainly had shore-based whaling in the Marquesas until quite recently.
Thanks for that. Must have mis-remembered something I read.