A Devonport Renaissance? 3: Can We Save The Kestrel?

Posted by on Oct 27, 2010 | 8 Comments


There literally could not be a better time for us as a community to have the opportunity of reclaiming the Kestrel fall into our lap.

In the last couple of months, the outcome of two battles the community has fought to retain its heritage have been decided. The Vic was a win for the community. The Masonic was a loss. If ever the community was armed with the knowledge and skills to fight for the Kestrel, it is now.

There will be some war-weary veterans out there. But they will also be very experienced brains to pick.

But  – as some might say – do we really want this old hunk of wood rotting in our harbour? Why all the effort? Come and hear the arguments at the first meeting to discuss the future of the Kestrel and decide for yourself, based upon the facts.

The meeting  is 7:30pm, Tuesday, 2nd November at the Sea Scout Hall on King Edward Parade. Note that this is a venue change.

Even if you don’t think it’s worth it, come along. The sign of a healthy mind is one that is prepared to be changed.


  1. GB says:

    ed, I see you still haven’t changed the venue above, it’s not at the yacht club, it’s now next door Calliope sea scout hall. I even quoted you the source of my info, and I had spoken to him by phone before mailing you.

    Thanks GB: we had changed it elsewhere on the site, but not here. Well spotted. – Ed

  2. Steve Anderson says:

    What a great opportunity to save a fantastic ship and a real memento of those pre harbour bridge days on the Waitemata. Don’t also forget you have another treasure in the form of the William C Daldy on your doorstep

  3. GB says:

    I still remember that jazz band playing on her Fri nights when I was in my late teens(1988 onwards)and all the adults smoking inside..cough cough..Yes am all for it supporting a place for the Kestrel and keeping her name afloat. 🙂

  4. Jean B says:

    I read the article as presenting both sides of the argument, for us to make up our minds after the meeting. It didn’t sound misleading to me. Given the Speculator’s positive record so far on supporting our heritage (all the articles on the Vic for example), I’d be very surprised if it suddenly changed its mind for this! Keep us in touch, thank you. Jean

  5. JB says:

    Last time the Kestrel was in local waters she was forced to leave because some people objected to her mooring location at Stanley Point…..It all got pretty nasty, so here’s hoping a decent, permanent place can be found for the grand old lady. If I recall, she’s one of the last double ended steam ferries left in existence.

    I think you are referring to the “Toroa” which was moored down at the Stanley Bay wharf. However you are correct in saying it faced opposition from some local residents who objected to its prolonged presence. Given the plan is for the Kestrel to be berthed over on Queens Wharf on the other side of the harbour, there should be no similar issue – Ed

  6. Ruth says:

    What time on Tuesday?

    Well spotted! 7:30pm. Have added it to the article – Ed

  7. Sarah says:

    Why miss represent the truth? Unnecessary really?

  8. Sarah says:

    The Kestrel is in better condition than when she steamed out of the harbour seven years ago! She has had extensive refits of her super structure.
    She is still in her prime!!!!
    It is not helpful to make such misleading comments about her condition.
    We acknowledge as an old boat she will need an amount of work and maintenance to bring her up to survey including getting her engines up and running and her hull sorted for the NEXT hundred years.

    Sarah: You have misunderstood the article. The Speculator is most certainly not suggesting that The Kestrel is an “old hunk of wood rotting in our harbour.” We are simply adopting the tone of a typical naysayer, and suggesting people who have this type of perspective on The Kestrel might consider coming along to the meeting to be convinced otherwise. – Ed

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