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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:Ethel
Builder:Charles Bailey Snr.
Place built:Auckland
Year built:1884
Year lost:1919
Beam:7, 3
Owners:L. Hill (Wellington, 1916-1919); A. L. Firth (Wellington 1916); Bird/Petone syndicate (Wellington 1914-1916); T. & K. Cole (Wellington, 1909-1914); George Williamson Sims (Auckland, ??-1909)
Notes:Converted to a yawl 1909/1910 by T. & K. Cole. Bird was secretary of the Heretaunga Boating Club. Sold in 1916 for lead in keel for war effort. Wrecked at Cape Palliser. Hill, an Australian resident in Wellington, was noted for his solitary nature. He was sailing single-handed and survived the wreck. He rode a coach to Featherston, and walked from there to Wellington.
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