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The collection below are digitised images of a collection of lantern slides in the Wellington Museum of City and Sea collection. The digitisation was done by Claire Viscovic using Alexander Turnbull Library equipment. Grateful acknowledgement to David Waller of the Museum of Wellington City and Sea and David Adams and Claire Viscovic of the Alexander Turnbull Library.
The vast majority are taken between 1911 and 1914.
The value of this collection is difficult to over emphasize - there are many named images of vessels which have hitherto been known, but no good quality images of them have been in the public domain. Among these are the keelboats Ethel, Akitea, Nikau, Ngarau, Nanonya, White Heather, Iolanthe and Ruihi; and the named images of the "flatties". "Flattie" was the term applied to the hard-chined centreboard boats which in New Zealand, were first developed in Wellington from about 1900, and taken up nation-wide through the 1920s through the rest of the 20th Century. Now largely forgoten, they were the parent of the I, P, Y, and V classes. The "Sea Wren" type is informally applied. They were inspired by a design of that name published in The Rudder magazine.
Amai and Lizzie
Iolanthe, Taipare, Donker (Nancy Stair)
Mahina and Siren
White Heather and Windward
Windward and Taipare
Xarifa and Thetis
Unknown - probably Rawene
14 FOOT CENTREBOARDERS: FLATTIES AND SEA WREN TYPES
Geisha and other flatties
SEA WREN TYPES
Thorndon Dinghy Club
Not Wellington: Santanita and Valkyrie racing on the Solent, UK. A race for 100 pounds some time in the 1890s
Photo source:Wellington Museum of City and Sea