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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