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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:Mabel
Builder:Charles and Walter Bailey
Place built:Auckland
Year built:1895
Construction:Triple-planked NZ kauri
Class:2.2 rater
Owners:Ben Troch (Wellington, 2013-); Richard Holford (Wellington, 19??-1999-2013); Dr. E. W. Deck (Nelson, 1917-??); N. McLeod (Auckland, ??-1917); W. Swinnerton (Auckland, 1895-??)
Notes:Renamed Waiata at some stage since ca 1960. Reverted to original name 2013. Mistakenly thought to be a 1905 Logan build for some time. The troubled passage from Auckland - Nelson took nearly one month, with stops at Tauranga and Wellington.
Photo source:Harold Kidd