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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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Ilex
Ilex
Vessel Name:Ilex
Builder:Arch Logan
Designer:Logan
Place built:Auckland
Year built:1903
Year lost:1962
LOA:51
Owners:Norman Thomas (Wellington, 19?? - 1946); E. H. Northcroft (Auckland 1927-1932-??); H. R. Bloomfield (Auckland, ??-1927); Stevenson and Ingram (Auckland, 19??-1918-1920-??); Joseph Cochrane Macky (Auckland, 1908-1915); Captain Walter Stanhope (Auckland, 1903-1908)

Notes:In 1911 J. Macky altered her rig from a yawl to a cutter. He raced her successfully on the Waitemata Harbour. E. H. Northcroft changed her back to a yawl rig [when did he own her? she was a yawl in 1919]. Bought by Norman Thomas in 1944, she completed South Island circumnavigation in Feb-Mar 1946. Sailed to Sydney, Australia in Dec 1946 to compete in Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. She was the first NZ-based boat to compete the race. Roydon Thomas, at 13, was the youngest competitor. Delivered to Tongan owners in Oct 1948. Wrecked on Minerva Reef southwest of Tongatapu on 7 July 1962.
Photo source:David Thomas