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The scow 'Jane Gifford ' New Zealand. by Roy  Massicks
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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.

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jane gifford, new zealand, scow

Comments

  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 4 years ago

    Good one, Roy and excellent narrative!

  • Thank you David – to see these old workhorses was a great sight !

    – Roy Massicks

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture, she does look band new. the woodwork is super.

  • Yes, Andrea they have really done a grand job on her. Thank you.

    – Roy Massicks

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyalmost 4 years ago

    Great shot Roy, love nautical captures.

  • Thanks Gary – you mean you would liked to have been a pirate ??

    – Roy Massicks

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfalmost 4 years ago

    Brilliant Roy lovely framing.

  • Thank you Colin – I did enjoy the day wandering round the wharf.

    – Roy Massicks

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 4 years ago

    A lovely & interesting old gal, looking beautiful in her new duds. Excellent detail shot of her, Roy.

  • Thank you Sheila – she’s a typical old lady and has a big, square rear end with chain steering ! He’ll suffer for that Sheila ! H

    – Roy Massicks

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyalmost 4 years ago

    LOL, like that one Roy.

  • Thanks Gary – I’m going to keep my eye out for this old lady – I’d love a shot under full sail.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Jadon
    Jadonalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic..Like the angle..

  • That’s it mate – it’s all about the angle of the dangle !! Thanks for your comment.

    – Roy Massicks

  • tom j deters
    tom j detersalmost 4 years ago

    Love this Roy! Great shot!!!

  • Thank you Tom – had a lovely day in Warkworth wandering along the jetty.

    – Roy Massicks

  • mikebov
    mikebovalmost 4 years ago

    beautifully restored
    excellent text

  • Thank you Mike – she does have quite a history.

    – Roy Massicks

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