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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:Oyster
Builder:Charles Bailey Jr
Designer:George Holmes (modified)
Place built:Auckland
Year built:1902
LOA:31, 6
Rig:Gaff yawl cutter
Owners:Mike Roussow (Lyttleton 1999-); Dick Young (1977); Dennis Win (Marlborough 1955- ??); R. G. Millman (Wellington 1937-?); Gilbert Beckett (Wellington ??-??); Gray Young (Wellington, ??-??); Nigel Blair (Wellington, 1924-19??); J. Glasgow (Nelson, 1902-1924) 
Notes:Adaption of a competition prize-winner George Holmes design as published in the "English Yachtsman" in 1899. Converted to keeler by R. G. Millman ca. 1937. At some stage renamed Ariki. Rebuilt 1957, and renamed Oyster. Returned to gaff rig 1977.

The lines reproduced here were drawn by Ralph Millman when he converted her from a centreboarder to keeler in 1937. Both configurations are drawn. View lines

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Photo source:Classic Yacht Association of NZ