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This is a growing database of classic vessels (pre 1940) with a significant connection to the region. Information comes from primary sources (mostly the Evening Post and NZ Yachtsman), and secondary sources (the more reliable being the writings of Harold Kidd, Robin Elliott and David Pardon). Where sources conflict, primary sources are generally given precedence. Bruce Askew's first notes on the database can be viewed here.

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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
Follow her restoration on facebook

Photo source:NZ Yachtsman 02 November 1912