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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:Ailsa
Builder:Le Huquet
Designer:Le Huquet
Place built:Auckland
Year built:1909
Rig:Gaff cutter
Owners:Pickering (Picton, 1939-19??); J. Barker (Wellington, 1936-1939); Scott and Jordan (Wellington, 1919-1936); Hamill Brothers (Wellington, 1911-1919); Feltham Brothers (1909-1911)
Notes:Arrived Wellington 1911/12. To Lyttleton ca 1960s. To Auckland/Northland ca. 1970s. Subsequently to the Marlborough Sounds. Metric dimensions as described in 2010: LOA 14.6m, waterline, 8.5m, Beam 2.7m . Scott and Jordan changed gaff rig to bermudan cutter in 1921, it was unsuccessful, and returned to a gaff cutter the following season. This bermuda rig is incorrectly said to be the first in the country (Zephyr in Lyttelton had one in 1886). Converted to gaff yawl post 1930s. J Barker added an auxilliary in 1936. Converted to gaff-rigged ketch rig ca/ 1970s.
She was the flagship of the 1940 Centennial Regatta in Wellington.
More images of Ailsa here

Photo source:RPNYC archive