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This is possibly Mawhiti

Sail NumberMH23
ClubMiddle Harbour Yacht Club
Owner (s)C Dillaway
Fred Porter
N Emery


 Mawhiti (MH26) was one of the first boats on the MHYC register in 1946/47 owned by C Dillaway. She then seemed to have disappeared for a few years may have gone to Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

Mawahiti (MH23) reappears at MHYC in 1956 owned by Fred Porter. She remained at MHYC, owned by Fred Porter until 1966. Not sure what happened then.


Mawhiti MH26 and MH23 could have been separate yachts. In 1947 - 48 the article says it was owned by Roy Dillaway, but I have a C Dillaway! Also from article says that it was owned by Fred Parker and I have F Port???

I believe this is MH26 Mawhiti - This is a growing database of Classic vessels (pre 1940) with a significant connection to the region (

 The article says: 

Vessel Name: Mawhiti

Builder: William Moore; M. Beck; A. Penty
Designer: E. M. Silk and William Moore (Wellington)
Place built: Wellington
Year built:1898
Construction: Double-planked on bronze straps
Rig: Gaff cutter
Displacement:2 3/4 ton
Class:2 1/2 Rater

William Moore (Wellington, 1898-1906); Berkeley Clarke (Sydney, 1906-1913); William Charles Boesser (Sydney, 1913-1926) George and Edith Huddleston (Sydney, 1926-1943); Harry Stewart Elderfield (Sydney, 1944-1947); Charles Roy Dillaway (Sydney, 1947-48); Richard Edward Sonners (Sydney, 1948-53);  Fred Parker 1961); David Ferguson and Rich Poole (Sydney, 1970-1977).

Notes:Painted white to differentiate her from near sister Kotiri, which was painted black. Went to Sydney 1906. Converted to Bermuda rig 1936. Last recorded existence in 1977.


 From MHYC Archives

MHYC Register 1946/47
MHYC Register 1946/47
A social day out on Ophir. The lady on the left is Bernice Oliver and Helen Cosgrove is the young girl about to head down. The man at the front is Jack Oliver (owner)
Mawhiti - Bill sitting at back and the woman to right could be Fred Porter's wife.
A social day out on Mawhiti
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