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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:Amai
Builder:W. Brooke-Taylor and sons
Place built:Wellington
Year built:ca. 1909
Year lost:1932
Construction:Inch Kauri on ribs
Beam:6, 6
Owners:R. Norris (Wellington, 1930-1932) ; McGoldrick (Wellington, 1923-1930); F. Durrant (Wellington, 19??-1923) ; Opie (Wellington, ca.1915-??); W. Brooke-Taylor (Wellington 1912-ca.1915)
Notes:Built as centreboarder with a tuck stern, a counter added and converted to external lead ballast late 1910. Brooke-Taylor sold the boat when his sons enlisted in the army. Raced with the Evans Bay fleet with Durrant. Foundered and abandoned South of Tory Channel January 1932 no loss of life.
Photo source:Little Ships 3rd ed