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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:Rawene
Builder:R. G. Millman
Place built:Roseneath, Wellington
Year built:1909
Year lost:23 January 1948
Rig:Gaff yawl
Owners:Brian Barnett (Wellington, ??-1948); Hedges (Wellington, 1939-??):Charles Lindsay (Wellington, 1936/7-38-??); Rawene syndicate (Wellington, 19??-1931-1936/7); Nigel Blair (Wellington, 1916-1928); Kiernan (Wellington, ??-1911-1916); Smith and Nathan (Wellington, 1909-??); R. G. Millman (1909)

Notes:Converted to cutter rig 1913. Abandoned and left to founder after losing sails and boom during a gale off Terawhiti. Crew of three safely recovered by the Matangi.
Nigel Blair hared ownership at various times with his father David K Blair, and Bob Murie.
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Photo source:Terry Ward