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Pictured is the old Ferry Building, Auckland, New Zealand taken from under the bow of the cruise ship ’ Dawn Princess.’ Also showing is one of Fullers Ferries.
In 1966 when I first walked into this building for an interview for a job in the then Auckland Harbour Board, none of these taller buildings were in existence. I can well remember that interview on the second floor which was then the Harbourmaster’s office, the deputy Harbourmaster asked me what sort of job I was looking for – I told him I’d like a job on one of the tugs. ’ Ah, he said, come with me ’ leading me to a window. ’ You see the old fellow with the long white beard sitting on the bollard at the end of the wharf ? Well he is next in line for a job on the tugs so you go down there and sit next to him and you’ll be in line after him ! ’ I then realised that it wasn’t that easy but he did offer me a job as a rigger in the loft at the end of Queen’s Wharf which was the main wharf at that time in Auckland. After working my way up the ladder through various working launches, I reached the dizzy heights of skipper of the Pilot boat in 1973. I shall always remember those early years in the Harbour Board with fondness. This was in the days when your boss appreciated a good worker and before you became just a number in a computer !
LUMIX GH2 at 25mm, 1/400, f/5.6, iso160, mode manual.
From a single RAW image.