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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:Mawhiti
Builder:William Moore; M. Beck; A. Penty
Designer:E. M. Silk and William Moore (Wellington)
Place built:Wellington
Year built:1898
Construction:Double-planked on bronze straps
Rig:Gaff cutter
Displacement:2 3/4 ton
Class:2 1/2 Rater

William Moore (Wellington, 1898-1906); Berkeley Clarke (Sydney, 1906-1913); William Charles Boesser (Sydney, 1913-1926) George and Edith Huddleston (Sydney, 1926-1943); Harry Stewart Elderfield (Sydney, 1944-1947); Charles Roy Dillaway (Sydney, 1947-48); Richard Edward Sonners (Sydney, 1948-53);  Fred Parker 1961); David Ferguson and Rich Poole (Sydney, 1970-1977).

Notes:Painted white to differentiate her from near sister Kotiri, which was painted black. Went to Sydeny 1906. Converted to bermuda rig 1936. Last recorded existence in 1977.

Read log of a cruise made in 1901-2

Photo source:Malcolm Moore