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'Daring' Rescue. Recovering NZ's oldest ship.

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Help save New Zealand's oldest ship the 'Daring' from the ravages of the sea for the appreciation and understanding of future generations.

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Daring Rescue!

Dare to become a crew member and help rescue one of New Zealand’s oldest ships the ’Daring’.

She is a 100% New Zealand built ship. Crafted in Mangawhai in 1863 from Kauri and Pohutukawa, she is a New Zealand maritime treasure. The Daring is 6 years older than the famous Cutty Sark!

Her name says it all; “adventurously bold in action and thought”. We need to be daring and act now to rescue her.

She has been protected for 153 years beneath the sand dunes of the Kaipara Heads, but now lies exposed to the elements and scavengers. Her plight is urgent if we are not to lose her forever. The window of opportunity to rescue her is closing fast.

Our vision is to lift, shift and preserve her for ultimate public display for all New Zealanders to examine the design and craftsmanship that has gone into the Daring. Her artistic form underpins the true Kiwi spirit.

She has a great message to deliver to future generations about the 27 year old builder Donald McInnis who came to NZ with nothing but a dream, energy and a skill. Young people like him were the foundation of the Kiwi “ we can do anything attitude”.

Become a crew member of the Daring and join us on a journey to secure our valuable heritage. This first leg will fund the salvage, storage and stabilisation of the Daring. We have a crew of experts which include a project manager, scientists, restoration specialists and a professional salvage company. We have the plan mapped out to rescue this old beauty.

We just need you to come aboard!

About us

The Classic Yacht Charitable Trust has approval from Heritage NZ to Recover, preserve and publicly display the 1863 coastal trading vessel the Daring. The vessel is at threat of loss to the sea as she battles the constant pounding of the surf.

Use of funds

Funds raised will go toward the first stage of this project which is to salvage the vessel from the beach, move her to a temporary location where preservation work can be carried out pending the final stage which will be to move her to public display.

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Storage and Stabilisation  8 January 2019

The Daring has found a temporary home in Hobsonville. It will be under shrink wrap while stabilisation work is completed.

The hot summer sun is drying the boards out too quickly so volunteers are watering the boards each day to make sure the wood doesn’t split.

The ship is in amazing condition considering it sat under the sand dunes for over 150 years!

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  • Grant S.

    Grant S. on 02 Jan 2019


    A great piece of history to donate to. My g-grandfather was a sea captain in the 1800s.


  • Peter and Kay Coolbear

    Peter and Kay Coolbear on 01 Jan 2019


    Great to see this project happening!


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