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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:Reverie
Builder:Edwin Bailey
Designer:Edwin Bailey
Place built:Clyde Quay, Wellington
Year built:1911/1912
Construction:Carvel kauri on birch frames
LWL:18, 6
Beam:6, 3
Rig:Gaff sloop
Owners:Dr. Chesson (Wellington and Lyttelton, 1912-1916-19??); Dr. R.H. Makgill (Wellington, 1911/12-19??)

Notes:Described as a miniature Wylo. Had a combination of external (one ton) and internal ballast. Draft of 4 feet. Designed primarily for cruising, had accommodation for three adults. Still sailing in 1938. Chesson took her to Lyttelton in 1914.

Photo source:NZ Yachtsman 29 July 1916