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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:Astral
Builder:Cox and Philmer
Place built:Auckland
Owners:T. E. (Bill) Mellor (Wellington, 1937-19??)

Notes:Arrived Wellington 1937. Lost in Cook Straight near Palliser after her crew were taken aboard a passing ship and Astral taken in tow by the ship when she succumbed.
Photo source:David Fisher