This scow is moored at Warkworth, north of Auckland. She has just been completely refurbished and looks brand new although she was built about 1908. This two masted gaff-rigged scow displaces 60 tonne weight.
There is two kilometres of rope in her rigging and she is the last fully rigged scow left in New Zealand.
In the mid 1800’s right through to the 1950’s scows were used around the NZ coast. Their flat bottoms allowed them to be used in creeks, shallow rivers and run up upon beaches allowing the tide to leave them high and dry. They carried everything needed by the settlers of the time from general cargo to cattle and sheep. I can still remember the scow ’ Rahiri’s regular once a week trips to Great Barrier Island off the coast of NZ. It was skippered by a real character named Jock McKinnon – this would be in the mid 1960’s.
The Jane Gifford is run by the Jane Gifford Trust and does regular trips from Warkworth with passengers, around the Hauraki Gulf.
Warkworth, her base, is a lovely village on the main road three quarters of an hour north of Auckland. The wharf in the centre of the village was specially strengthened to take the Jane Gifford.