William C Daldy

raybnz
10th September 2005, 08:28
Built in 1935 at Lobnitz Scotland. Served with the Auckland Harbour Board until 1977.
Now still steaming around the Auckland Harbour by a group of dedicated members doing charters, excursions etc.
Twin screwed triple expansion main engines supplied by two coal fired Scots Boilers.
Apart from necessary safety modifications she is still in the orginal design.

flyer682
10th September 2005, 08:45
And very well looked after she is too. Any photos you may have Ray would make wonderful contributions to the Photo Gallery.

trotterdotpom
10th September 2005, 11:12
In the early '80s, BHP's 'Iron York' and 'Iron Baron' used to discharge steel products at Jellicoe Wharf and 'William C. Daldy' was always tied up astern of us. Several BHP Engineers worked on her and a couple of Masters commanded her on harbour tours when they were short of tickets. A nice example of trans-Tasman co-operation.

There was a watchman who lived aboard the tug and he was an honorary member of the 'Iron York's bar. Please pass on regards if he's still around.

John T.

PS Ray, I sailed on Stevie Clarke's 'Amberley', 'Storrington' and 'Harry Richardson' about the same time as you were with them.

seeking
17th September 2005, 03:29
I have a mid 70's shot of the W.C. which I will post,

Seeking.

ruud
17th September 2005, 10:12
Ahoy,
Found a photo of her on trial.
http://img359.imageshack.us/img359/1776/wcdaldytriala9jh.th.jpg (http://img359.imageshack.us/my.php?image=wcdaldytriala9jh.jpg)
The William C Daldy is a coal-fired steam tug, built at Renfrew on the Clyde in Scotland for the Auckland Harbour Board in 1935. After an 84 day delivery voyage to New Zealand, she entered service in February 1936, handling shipping in the port of Auckland. She served the Harbour Board well for 41 years and by the time she was retired in 1977 was one of the last working coal fired tugs in the world. There had been plans to convert her to oil firing or to re-engine her with twin diesels, but they came to nought. On retirement, the tug did not find her way to a ship-breaking yard, but passed into the hands of a preservation society. As a result, she is still active on Auckland Harbour in the North Island of New Zealand, after a career of more than 70 years.

The ‘Daldy is not a small vessel – she has a length of 126 feet (38.4 metres), a beam of 32 feet (9.75 metres) and a draft of 15 feet (4.5 metres). She is not slow either – she did 13.4 knots on trials and if her bottom is clean, she can still do 13 knots. A tug’s towing power is measured in bollard pull and the William C Daldy was conservatively measured at 17 tons on trials in 1935. Even the new motor tugs in Auckland in the 1960s were less than this, but her replacement, the 1977-built Daldy came in at 24 tons bollard pull.

niggle
17th September 2005, 17:46
I remember the W C Daldy helping berthing along the container terminal at Auckland when I was on the ACT4. 2 steamers together as at that time the ACT4 was still steam powered but later converted to motor. The Daldy acted as midship push with the two tractor tugs fore and aft, can't remember their names but were always spotlessly clean.

Phil Noake
9th October 2005, 01:21
I was 2/E in BHP's "Iron Baron" in the early '80's and remember quite well a couple of days assisting the "Daldy's" blokes with some free lube oil and nuts and bolts etc......and possibly some good aussie beer as well.
cheers Phil

Jan Hendrik
13th May 2006, 16:18
Hereby a couple of photos which I took in Devonport (Auckland) 2 weeks ago.

www.daldy.com

Jan

afranklin
24th May 2006, 02:52
why dont you interested people come down to devonport on a sat, and visit, you are all welcome,0930 onwards, Alex, President & Master.

Jan Hendrik
24th May 2006, 03:14
Hi Alex,
What a good idea, however, there are few expensive tickets involved, some ex London, some ex Melbourne/Sydney, ex Christchurch and ex Amsterdam.
Looks like a bit difficult getting us altogether on a Saturday.
I saw the vessel last month but did not go on board, there was an older gentleman sitting in the sun on the f'castle deck but I did not start a conversation.
Next time around I will contact you first.
Thanks and best regards
Jan
Keep the vessel shipshape......

John Cassels
24th May 2006, 08:26
Built in 1935 at Lobnitz Scotland. Served with the Auckland Harbour Board until 1977.
Now still steaming around the Auckland Harbour by a group of dedicated members doing charters, excursions etc.
Twin screwed triple expansion main engines supplied by two coal fired Scots Boilers.
Apart from necessary safety modifications she is still in the orginal design.


Don't mean to nit-pick, but you give the impression that Lobnitz is a place
in Scotland . She would have been built at Simons Lobnitz yard in Renfrew
Scotland.
Also thought it was Scotch boilers.

JC

raybnz
24th May 2006, 09:13
The guys that built them were a little short in height so hence the 'Scots Boilers'.

John Cassels
24th May 2006, 19:10
Ray,

You have completely lost me now, have no idea what you are talking about.

JC

zsimone
25th May 2006, 05:10
Hi
Just out of Interest here is another shot of the Daldy
http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/483/williamcdaldy5gz.th.jpg (http://img210.imageshack.us/my.php?image=williamcdaldy5gz.jpg) (Ouch)

Cheers
Gary

Ngaio 62
21st March 2007, 22:57
A most interesting read having been out on her. The QM2 trip was well worth he price of the flight and ticket. Shame I missed the evening cruise though .
I plan to post more shots I took on board that morning.

Best wishes and many thanks to Master and crew who made us most welcome on board

Martin

tripleexpansion
17th May 2008, 02:25
Don't mean to nit-pick, but you give the impression that Lobnitz is a place
in Scotland . She would have been built at Simons Lobnitz yard in Renfrew
Scotland.
Also thought it was Scotch boilers.

JC

Click below for the Lobnitz Quote for Tug W C Daldy

Lobnitz (http://daldy.info/docs/wcdf3409.jpg)

Click below for the W C Daldy SCOTCH BOILERS IN ACTION

W C Daldy Boiler Room (http://daldy.info/boiler_room.php)

For more information see:

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Cheers,

Tripleexpansion
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tripleexpansion
17th May 2008, 03:04
Ahoy,
Found a photo of her on trial.
http://img359.imageshack.us/img359/1776/wcdaldytriala9jh.th.jpg (http://img359.imageshack.us/my.php?image=wcdaldytriala9jh.jpg)
The William C Daldy is a coal-fired steam tug, built at Renfrew on the Clyde in Scotland for the Auckland Harbour Board in 1935. After an 84 day delivery voyage to New Zealand, she entered service in February 1936, handling shipping in the port of Auckland. She served the Harbour Board well for 41 years and by the time she was retired in 1977 was one of the last working coal fired tugs in the world. There had been plans to convert her to oil firing or to re-engine her with twin diesels, but they came to nought. On retirement, the tug did not find her way to a ship-breaking yard, but passed into the hands of a preservation society. As a result, she is still active on Auckland Harbour in the North Island of New Zealand, after a career of more than 70 years.

The ‘Daldy is not a small vessel – she has a length of 126 feet (38.4 metres), a beam of 32 feet (9.75 metres) and a draft of 15 feet (4.5 metres). She is not slow either – she did 13.4 knots on trials and if her bottom is clean, she can still do 13 knots. A tug’s towing power is measured in bollard pull and the William C Daldy was conservatively measured at 17 tons on trials in 1935. Even the new motor tugs in Auckland in the 1960s were less than this, but her replacement, the 1977-built Daldy came in at 24 tons bollard pull.
Here is a larger shot of her on trial.

http://daldy.info/welcome.php

Here are her trial details from The Shipbuilder and Marine Engine Builder article on the tug:

Ship Info (http://daldy.info/docs/wcdf3408.jpg)

Ship Plan (http://daldy.info/docs/wcdf3406.jpg)

Ship Plan 2 (http://daldy.info/docs/wcdf3407.jpg)

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raybnz
17th May 2008, 09:08
The updated web site is really good.Many thanks Courtney.

Even got a photo of me driving the starboard engine. Just itching to get back on board her again. Perhaps next season

tripleexpansion
18th September 2009, 02:40
Daldy (http://www.daldy.com) has a new website, plans and comprehensive information including hundreds of photos and sailing dates. Update more than once a week. Let me know your stories and I'll publsh them there. Photos are appreciated. Happy browsing! http://daldy.com

Courtney Edmonds (tripleexpansion@gmail.com)

tsell
18th September 2009, 05:53
Thanks for reviving the memories of this grand old workhorse. A great web site.

Taff

spongebob
18th September 2009, 07:43
My memory is dim on this one but was a Phillip Field a member of the W.C.Daldy crew during the 1970's? I was working for the agents for Hopkinson valves of Huddersfield at the time and I vaguely recall giving him a set of Hopkinson boiler water gauges for the tug

Bob

tripleexpansion
21st September 2009, 01:20
My memory is dim on this one but was a Phillip Field a member of the W.C.Daldy crew during the 1970's? I was working for the agents for Hopkinson valves of Huddersfield at the time and I vaguely recall giving him a set of Hopkinson boiler water gauges for the tug

Bob

Small world, I lived in Huddersfield for a while in 1996.