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‘Viking’ was designed and built in 1893, by Bailey’s Boatbuilders Auckland. One of New Zealand’s earliest boat builders was Charles Bailey, later called senior when his son of the same name entered the trade. ‘Viking was built for the wealthy Bloomfield brothers, Jack, Harry and Ernest and for more than 40 years was the largest yacht in New Zealand. She is widely regarded as ‘Bailey’s Masterpiece’.The painting depicts ‘Viking’ in full flight smoking past North Head in 1914. She is pinching up into a fresh south westerly breeze. The Logan designed and built launch ‘Doreen’ is rounding up into the wind allowing the famous Auckland yachting photographer Henry Winkelmann to take a photo.

'Viking', Bailey's Masterpiece, 1914

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