Boating NZ : FREE TO READ April 2014
subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 85 was considerable interest amongst yachtsmen in the change of ownership to the Quelches. They hauled her out in front of the Queen’s Parade property but couldn’t use her a great deal during the last stages of World War I and the Spanish flu epidemic that followed. Little Jim was sold to R L Stewart Sr in April 1920. W J Quelch now bought from the Matheson brothers their lovely little launch Maroro whose history is set out above. In February 1923 he sold Maroro to Sam Leyland of the O’Brien Leyland Timber company, a man who owned and swapped launches with the same frequency as Quelch. Firmly back in the motor boat fold again, and now with three sons, W J immediately ordered another new launch from Collings & Bell, this time a handsome 38ft flushdecker. Launched in late November 1923, the new boat, Dorothy Q, was fitted with an upmarket 25-55hp, four-cylinder Van Blerck engine, for which Collings & Bell were agents. This time W J stuck to the boat for years, until 1930. During his ownership she grew a bridgedeck, a dodger and a clerestory, as did 99 per cent of all flushdeckers. The Van Blerck was swapped for an even more upmarket Stearns in 1926. In 1923 Tom Quelch had bought the old 24ft keeler Mahoe, built by Charles Robinson in November 1894, but kept her for only a couple of years. Inevitably, the time came for a change of boat. W J swapped Dorothy Q with Sam Leyland for Leyland’s Jean, whereupon she became Doris. The 35-footer Jean had been built for H D Heather by Lanes in 1915 as Rothesay, the name Heather called all his launches, then sold to David Teed who changed her name to Maude T, the name he called all his launches, then to W A Wilkinson who changed her name to Speedwell, the name he called all his launches, then to Sam Leyland who called her Jean, the name he called all his launches. Confused? These days she is back in Auckland after many years in Wellington as Rosemary M. Quelch immediately exchanged Jean with L Schischka for his quite similar launch Wanderoo, built by Lanes in 1913 for Major Whitney of the Colonial Ammunition Company. But Wanderoo was just a stop-gap while Colin Wild built the 36ft auxiliary yacht Vida for W J, named after his daughter-in-law Vida, née Subritzky. Vida was considered very modern, with a tall Marconi rig like Nga Toa’s and a straight sheer. Unfortunately W J had little time to enjoy Vida. He was an asthmatic and suffered a bad attack at his West Street, Newton factory on 18 May 1934. He called a taxi to take him home to Devonport, but died on the vehicular ferry, aged only 61. W J Quelch was a true, if slightly eccentric, yachting enthusiast of those dynamic first decades of the 20th century. Ethel racing in December 1913. Insurance is underwritten by Allianz Australia Insurance Limited (Incorporated in Australia) trading as Club Marine. Please read the Policy Document available by phoning 0800 88 CLUB (2582) before deciding if the product is right for you. Trusted to protect your boating lifestyle for more than 20 years 0800 88 CLUB (2582) clubmarine.co.nz Boating NZ & Fishing News - Tristram - 192x130.indd 1 25/02/14 3:36 PM 0414-47 REGULAR_Vintage perspectives_April14.indd 85 18/03/2014 9:04:24 a.m.
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