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Search for Classic Vessels

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:Iris
Builder:McKeegan Bros. (C & J)
Year built:ca. 1885
Owners:Tom Ryan, Les Sheffield, Carlo Hebbend (Wellington, ??-1902-??); H. S. Lawlor (??-1898-??)
Notes:Built a a second or third class yacht. Renamed Kotuku during the 1890s. By 1914 had been converted to a Launch based in Waitara.