Vin­tage view

The end of WWII trig­gered Tim Wind­sor’s true cre­ativ­ity and re­source­ful­ness. n last month’s is­sue I took Tim Wind­sor’s pro­fes­sional ca­reer with Ship­builders Ltd to the end of WWII, a pe­riod in which there was un­prece­dented ex­pan­sion in Auck­land’s ship­buil

Boating NZ - - Contents - BY HAROLD KIDD

Tim Wind­sor Pt III

In Tim Wind­sor, Ship­builders had the right man to de­sign mo­tor launches for the post-war era.

ex­cel­lent, fol­low­ing Sam Ford’s au­da­cious brand­ing and full-page ad­ver­tise­ments for his bridgedeck­ers in the 1930s. ‘Su­pacraft’ was Ship­builders’ brand and the launches bear­ing this brand put Tim Wind­sor at the fore­front of lo­cal de­sign­ers for a time.

The 36-footer Ma­hara was the first of these Su­pacraft glam­our launches, launched for Gra­ham Speight on 21 Fe­bru­ary 1946, the first large plea­sure craft to be launched in Auck­land af­ter the war. She had a six-cylin­der 90hp Red­wing petrol en­gine.

The sec­ond boat was the 40-footer Rose­mary II with twin 90hp Red­wings for Noel Man­thel of Welling­ton. The next ves­sel, the 54-footer Rakanoa, in October 1946, was even more of a knock­out. She was fit­ted with a 165hp Gray­ma­rine diesel, soon re­placed with a 300hp Her­cules diesel.

Of mixed an­ces­try, Rakanoa’s ori­gins have al­ways raised controversy. She started as a com­mis­sion from owner Stan Parker, a very tall man, to Arnold ‘Bill’ Coul­drey, who pro­duced a su­perb de­sign to be built by Ship­builders. But things started to change once the keel, frames and stern were in place. (see side­bar).

In Novem­ber 1947 the next Su­pacraft flag­ship was launched – the 45 footer Lady Eileen which Ship­builders built for Gor­don Hunter. She had new, twin EX-USN 145hp eight-cylin­der Chrysler Crowns.

Among Tim’s de­sign jobs was a hard-chine 26-footer which, with great vari­a­tions, be­came a stock Ship­builders’ hull for some years. In 1948 he de­signed the 60-foot seine boat Ao­rangi

(AK85) for the Loverich broth­ers with twin 88hp Kelvin diesels. At the time she was the big­gest wooden-hulled seiner con­structed in Auck­land.

An­other qual­ity job Tim un­der­took was the re­design of the Ship­builders-built Fair­mile ML408 for F.B. Cad­man which my un­cle Andy Ryland had bought in 1947, fire-dam­aged. Ship­builders con­structed a hand­some new cab­in­top and reengined her with twin 165hp GM diesels in place of her original petrol 650hp Hall-scotts. Cad­man named her Kara­mana, the fam­ily name for its power boats. Be­fore Cad­man died in early 1957, she was sold and re­named Colville.

In 1950 Tim ‘re­mod­elled’ the launch Nga­puhi for ‘Hoki’ Wil­liams, the man­ager of Ship­builders. I am not sure how Nga­puhi started life, but she was pos­si­bly the 1939 Lidgards­built trawler of that name, taken over by RNZAF and dis­posed of post­war. Tim also de­signed the at­trac­tive 32-footer Lynceus (now Tan­talus) for Jack Mckelvie, the com­pany’s sec­re­tary.

A more in­volved job for him was the con­ver­sion of an un­de­liv­ered USN 114-foot pow­ered lighter built by Ship­builders with en­gi­neer­ing by Sea­gar Foundries and rig­ging by John Burns. She be­came the ce­ment ship Marua for Win­stones Ltd.

FAR LEFT Ma­hara, the first Su­pacraft, launched in Fe­bru­ary 1946.

ABOVE This ad­ver­tise­ment is from the back cover of a 1946 Sea Spray mag­a­zine and shows Ship­builders Ltd spread­ing its wings for the bright new post­war world. Along­side in red, the Su­pacraft builder’s plate.

LEFT Kara­mana, the Fair­mile con­ver­sion for F.B. Cad­man in 1949.

BE­LOW Nga­puhi.

TOP Rakanoa in Ship­builders’ shed just be­fore her launch in October 1946.

OP­PO­SITE Lynceus.

LEFT Rose­mary II, built for Noel Man­thel of Welling­ton in 1946.

INSET Pen­guin Boats’ builder’s plate.

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