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Current Vessels

Vessel Name:Lizzie
Builder:Edwin Bailey
Place built:Wellington
Year built:1909
Construction:Carvel kauri on birch
Beam:7' 6"
Rig:Gaff sloop
Displacement:1000 kg
Owners:Wellington Classic Yacht Trust (2010- ); Graeme and Annette Robertson (Lyttelton, 1977-1986, Auckland, 1986-19??); Bernie Wilson (Lyttelton, 1975-1977); Richard Johnstone (Lyttelton, 1968-1975); Owen Tracy Gough (Lyttelton, 1968); Harry Collett (Lyttelton, 1949-19??);  Cliff Heron (Lyttelton, 1937-1949) V. J. M. Boulton (Wellington, 1927-??); R. L. Button and W. W. Waddilove (Wellington, ca 1922-1927); Ian Tringham (Wellington, 1920-ca 1922); Charlie Neal (Wellington, 1912-1920); C J Ward (Wellington, 1909-1912)

Notes:Built for C J Ward of Wellington. Topsides raised 18" by Cliff Heron in 1937/8. Restored to original configuration by the Wellington Classic Yacht Trust 2010-2012.

Photos: Ward family collection
Photos: Known as Linnet
Photos: Tringham family collection
Lines drawn by Robin Aitken
Bruce Askew's initial restoration report
An article by Gavin Pascoe
The first article below is contemporary and factual. The second article makes a lot of erroneous assumptions about her early years.
NZ Yachtsman 02 Nov. 1912
Traditional boats June 1987
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Photo source:NZ Yachtsman 02 November 1912
Vessel Name:Atalanta
Builder:C. & W. Bailey
Place built:Auckland
Year built:1894
Construction:Centreboarder with a lead keel shoe
Rig:Gaff cutter
Owners:Wellington Classic Yacht Trust (Wellington, 2013-); Julian Matson (Marlborough and Port Chalmers, ca. 1980-2013); Bob Harris (Wellington, 1974-ca. 1980): Pat Millar (Wellington, 1962 - 1974); Jack Cox (Wellington, 19??-1962); Hugh Askew (Wellington, ca. 1945-1951); Cliff Cunningham (Wellington, ca1937-1944); M. Y. Lamb (Wellington, 1936-??); Basil Tonks and McCrory (Wellington, ??-1931-1936); Fred Hendry (Wellington, ??-1928-??);  Hill Brothers (Wellington, 1921-1926-??); Hill and Walker/Adams (Wellington, 1920-??); D. Beaumont, Ralph Aslin, and D. Porter  (Wellington, 1913-1920); Messrs Jones and Ingram (Wellington, 19??-1913); W. Hales (Wellington, 1902-1909-??); Otto Schwartz (Wellington, 1897-1902); Winstanley (Wellington, 1895-1897);  Charles Canning & Smith (Napier, 1894-1895)

Notes:Donated to WCYT by Julian Matson 2013. Centreboard configuration changed to external lead ballast 1914. Auxilliary (Overlander 4 cyl.) added 1927. Converted to Bermuda rig 1938. Lead external ballast lowered and rig increased 1945. Fred Hendry was VC of RPNYC. Often referred to as "Atlanta".
Article by Gavin Pascoe
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Ben Amor's sealed orders
Survey Report by Bruce Askew
Restoration Plan

Photo source:Alexander Turnbull Library
Vessel Name:Mystery
Builder:Joffre Kroening
Designer:Alf Harvey
Place built:Nelson
Year built:ca.1950
Construction:Edge-planked kaikawaka (also known as Kaiwaka or NZ cedar)
LOA:12' 8"
Class:Idle Along
Owners:Wellington Classic Yacht Trust (Wellington, May 2011-); (Auckland, Gary Matthews, 20??-2011)
Notes:Sail number I6. Representing Nelson, came second in the 1956 Moffat Cup held in Wellington.
Image gallery.
For the story of the Idle Along design see here.
Below is a story about Mystery, from "Sailors of 40 degrees South: stories from the Nelson Yacht Club 1857-2007", by Tracy Neal (p96):
In the late 1940s he [Jack Harris] was measurer for an Idle Along contest. Nelson brother Murray and Peter Bennett - also regular show-stoppers with their tap dancing - were sailing their IA Mystery.
"Murray said to Dad, 'Jack, there's something a bit dicey on this boat you'll have to watch when measuring it," said Kim.
Dad said, 'Christ! Why did you have to tell me that? I didn't want to know that.' When the Nelson boat came to be measured, Dad pulled out his ruler, threw it on the deck and said 'I've measured this boat in Nelson, I know it measures up so I want nothing to do with it - you jokers measure it', and he walked away."

The officials passed the boat.

Photo source:Anne Kroening