Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 7, 2012 23:07:10 GMT 12
Here is an interesting snippet I stumbled across by chance. I am curious what the Army used the launch for in the Middle East, what port it was based at, did it later go to Italy with the NZEF, did it come back to NZ, and how did they take it overseas - on a freighter? I wonder if there are any photos of thise boat to show how big it was, etc?
The excursion launch Olive Jean belonging to Mr. N. J. Inglis, has joined the N.Z.E.F. and taken up duties at a Middle East port, states the N.Z.E.F. Times. She now bears the name of New Zealand.
The Olive Jean was designed and built by both Mr. and Mrs. Inglis. the latter doing a good deal of the interior work. She was part of the everyday life of the Waitemata, and in addition to being used for transporting passengers and freight to further points of the harbour, was frequently used in carrying Customs and other officials to meet incoming ships from overseas. Before being taken over by the Army Department, she was thoroughly overhauled and painted grey by her former owner, Mr. Inglis.