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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:Wakarere
Designer:Sam Crocker
Owners:Matthew McCullough (Wellington, 2005-); Bill McCullough (Wellington, 1986-2005); Messrs Wemys & Paterson (Blenheim, 1968-19??); Robert Elliott (Wellington, 194?-19??); Sir James Elliott and sons (Wellington, 1938-194?)
Notes:Crocker design number 198. Her lines were taken off by Archie Scott in 1944. During the war years, was skippered by Roy Mill until he joined the armed forces when she was laid up until the Elliott boys returned. Took part in 1951 Lyttelton Race. Retired to Kaikoura with broken forestay.
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Photo source:David Lackey