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subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 83 W J’s daughter, born in 1902. These fine H C Doman engines were built in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Collings & Bell was the local agent. In 1907 the Matheson brothers built Maroro to plans published in Rudder magazine and had Collings & Bell fit a Doman engine. When Maroro won the 1908 RNZYS Rudder Cup night ocean race around Sail Rock and back, Doman engines got the spotlight. The race, too, proved a giant step in raising the profile of motor launches as a safe and reliable means of boating. Quelch moved his family to the North Shore, living first in Glen Road, Stanley Bay, where they were near to Walter Bailey, Bill Lowe, the Wilds and the Willetts. Later the family moved to 27 Queen’s Parade, on the seafront west of the Devonport Ferry Wharf, another patch thick with crack yachtsmen such as the Sutherlands, Buchanans, Gittoses, Inglises and C P Murdoch, amongst many. Bitten by the sailing bug, in early 1913 Quelch sold Dorothy to buy the big Logan Bros-built yawl Ethel; see Vintage Perspectives, December 2013. Dorothy stayed in Auckland for a while, owned by old-time Auckland yachtsman C B Stone, reputedly the first pakeha child born in Auckland, but was bought by M Sinclair of Matakana Island in 1920 when Stone died. Quelch’s eldest son Tom was the nominated skipper in races in which Ethel took part. The RNZYS Norah Cup race of 21 February 1914 had as entrants T M Alexander’s Iorangi (scratch), J C Macky’s Ilex (8m), A E Gifford’s Rawene (10m 30s), Smaill & McCartie’s Ida (13m), T Le Huquet’s Marangi and Jagger Bros’ Victory (14m 30s), A Sutherland’s Waione (17m), A Dawson’s Thistle and J W Frater’s Ngatira (18m 30s), J B Johnston’s Kotiri (21m), F Woolley’s Aorere and T W Quelch’s Ethel (26m). It was pretty fast company for young Tom Quelch who was just 151⁄2 at the time. All 12 yachts started in a brisk nor’easterly; only nine finished. Ethel was seventh, ahead of Aorere and Ilex. One man and his boats LEFT: Jack Bonner’s fine watercolour of Alexa, reproduced courtesy of his grand-daughter, Robyn Houghton. INSET: W J Quelch as a young man with a cockatoo on his shoulder. RIGHT: William Quelch Sr’s shop in Pitt Street: “W. Quelch. Bird Dealer. Wire Worker”. BELOW: W J’s fourth launch, the 35-footer Dorothy, built by Collings & Bell, December 1911. BELOW RIGHT: Eulalie, Bailey and Lowe, 1900. LOWER RIGHT: Little Jim, built 1901. REGULAR_Vintage perspectives_April14.indd 83 18/03/2014 9:02:40 a.m.
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