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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:Vagabond
Builder:Joe Jukes
Place built:Balaena Bay, Wellington
Year built:1925
Beam:9, 6
Rig:Ketch-rigged motor sailer
Owners:Holmes family (Wellington/Waikawa, 1926- current); Arthur Holmes (1926-??)
Notes:Launched January 1926. Fitted with 10-14hp Ailsa-Craig, which had a new type of reducing gear allowing the propeller to turn at half the rate of the motor. This was intended to steady the vibrations of the motor. A sister ship (Nereides) was built 1926 for C. Mitchell of Wellington. Powered by Ailsa-Craig 35hp with reduction gear.

Photo source:RPNYC: One hundred years 1893-1893