1965 - Kestrel

An oldie but a goodie

A lovely old double-ender that many Waiheke (and Devonport) commuters will still remember.

She started as a regular the Matiatia run in 1965 (along with the Ngoiro), though Kestrel had been around on the Waitematā Harbour since 1905, as a steamship. She was converted to diesel power in 1951, and was finally replaced on the Waiheke run by the Quickcat in 1987.

It’s ironic that Kestrel’s days on the Waiheke run were sandwiched by the futuristic hydrofoil Manu Wai, and the modern aluminium catamaran Quickcat.

Vital stats

Builder and date: C Bailey Jnr, 1905

Length: 37.49m

Beam: 8.69m

Draft: 2.74m

Gross tons: 245

Engine: 1 x 6 cylinder diesel engine, Crossley UK, 1950

Speed: 10 knots

Passengers/crew: 1258 / 3

  • <p>The Kestrel off loading passangers at Matiatia, October, 1987. <em>Gulf News collection.</em></p>
  • <p>The launch of the new ferry steamer Kesterl, 14th December, 1905. Sir <em>George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19051221-6-1.</em></p>
  • <p>Ferry, Kestrel, leaving Auckland wharf, c1940s. <em>Whites Aviation Ltd :Photographs. Ref: WA-73577-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22704018</em></p>