This is a branch leading off the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand. In the days when I worked for the Port’s of Auckland and it’s predecessor The Auckland Harbour Board, this was the Lighter Basin where the lighters(barges) they used to unload ships anchored in the harbour, were kept.
A true and amusing story about the Lighter Basin was,
They had an old boy as a lighterman who used to walk around keeping an eye on the lighters and checking them in and out as they were being used. His office where he spent most of his time was just a little shed, no more than 3 mtrs square. When the Port Co. sold all the lighters, the powers that be turned the surrounding area into a carpark but completely forgot the old Lighterman and it was over three years, with him continuing to patrol around with no lighters to look after, that they discovered he was still being employed.
Of course, then the inevitable happened – no lighters, no job ! I would dearly love to know what did happen to the old chap.
The people in the photograph are my grandson, foreground and my daughter-in-law Cheryl. My granddaughter, blonde & beautiful is missing – obviously at the age of eight she had wandered off to find herself a millionaire !

Fuji HS10, at 25mm, 1/640, f6.4, Tripod.

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lighter basin, viaduct harbour, auckland, new zealand, boats


  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    Stunning capture Roy and a nice write up too. You always share wonderful information. I am guessing your boat is parked up there too…

  • Watch my next posting re your remark Andrea. Thank you for your comments.

    – Roy Massicks

  • snapitnc
    snapitncover 3 years ago

    is your vessell moored up here roy,cheers captain roy,mike

  • See comment above Mike. Watch next space !

    – Roy Massicks

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    Nice to know that that lighterman slipped through the cracks, at least for a while. A grand shot, Roy; even the paving is elegant!

  • Thank you Sheila – it was the paving that caught my eye in fact I’d have to be blind to miss it….lol!

    – Roy Massicks

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 3 years ago

    Lovely shot Roy – which one is yours?

  • Thanks for the comment Bob – eveybody seems to have the same idea about my floating gin palace so I’ll come clean, watch my next posting !

    – Roy Massicks

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 3 years ago

    Hell, I couldn’t afford a dinghy for any of those! lol

  • There are more mortgages floating around here than anywhere else in New Zealand David.

    – Roy Massicks

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